Posted on August 9, 2011
On the Web - Black Male Engagement (BMe)
To highlight the stories of black men and boys — celebrating and supporting them as they lead others in strengthening their communities.
A project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Engagement, BMe (pronounced "Be Me") features videos of black males who are not only working hard to improve their communities, but are leading others to do the same. The site is currently limited to Philadelphia and Detroit residents, but eventually will be replicated in other cities.
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Through the BMe Web site, African American males in Philadelphia and Detroit can submit stories about the good things they are doing in their communities and how they are inspiring others to participate. Site users who submit a three-minute video will be eligible to apply for a grant and nonfinancial support for their projects through BMe's second phase, which begins after October 24, and receive an invitation to an event in October with their peers and fellow community leaders. Visitors to the site in any city can browse and share the videos with friends and family on other Web sites; nominate a leader; and find more information about how the site works.