Black youth make up 10 percent of the youth in Los Angeles County, yet they comprise approximately 30 percent of those under probation supervision. In South Los Angeles, they are twice as likely to be arrested and detained in juvenile hall than in any other area of Los Angeles. Black men also have a 90 percent probability of incarceration if they drop out of high school, but a diploma reduces that to 12 percent.
With access to caring mentors and positive options, there’s no limit on what these young men can achieve. And when they succeed, all Angelenos benefit.
CCF launched BLOOM (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men) in 2012 to redirect the lives of young Black males in South L.A. who have already had contact with the juvenile justice system. This seven-year, $7 million initiative is based on the belief that these young men can still thrive if public and private entities, community-based organizations, employer networks and families engage them constructively.
Since 2012, BLOOM has granted more than $2 million to help more than 530 young men develop the skills they need to excel in the classroom moving them toward high school completion and post-secondary opportunities. To date, nearly 85 percent of the program’s participants have upheld the terms of their probation and did not re-offend. The initiative has been recognized by the White House as a possible model to be replicated across the country.
See BLOOM Programs on NBC’s Give (requires Flash):
- Karim Webb, Co-Chair
- Amelia Williamson, Co-Chair
- Carol Biondi
- David Crippens
- Zaid Gayle
- Alan-Michael Graves
- Mark Loranger
- Olivia Mitchell
- Manuel Pastor
- Alberto Retana
- Terrence Roberts
- Virgil Roberts
- Zakeer Willis
For more information, visit our BLOOM resource library.
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