May 30, 2012
This year, Echoing Green partnered with Open Society Foundations (OSF) to create a Black Male Achievement Fellowship as part of OSF’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement. This fellowship is to be awarded to “visionary leaders who are generating new ideas for black male achievement in the areas such as fatherhood, mentoring, college preparatory programs, community-building, supportive wage work opportunities, communications, and philanthropic leadership”(Echoing Green). There were over 1,000 applicants which were gradually whittled down to 16 finalists, and Brown Boi Project, one of our wonderful grant partners, was a part of this Sweet Sixteen! B. Cole’s proposal highlighted the way Brown Boi Project aims to “build the self-sufficiency of young queer, straight, and transgendered people of color to shape a radical new vision of masculinity.” All 16 BMA finalists gathered in New York City on May 15th for the final selection event. Congratulations to Brown Boi Project for making it so far! We are glad your potential has been recognized by such high profile foundations as Echoing Green and OSF!
To read more about the BMA Fellowship and the 16 finalists, click here.
Written by: Third Wave Foundation