The promise of young Black men is being lost at an alarming rate. Only one in 10 graduates from a four-year college. While they represent 10 percent of Los Angeles County’s young people, Black youth comprise more than 30 percent of youth under probation. And once in the system, it is hard to get out, with more than 80 percent facing re-arrest within three years.
But with access to caring mentors and positive options, there’s no limit to what these young men can achieve. That’s why the California Community Foundation launched BLOOM (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men), which seeks to create positive and productive futures for young Black men in South L.A. Since 2012, BLOOM has granted more than $2 million to serve more than 530 youth who are or have been on probation, developing the skills they need to excel in the classroom, on the job and in life.
The program, which provides youth with mentorship and individually-tailored services from a network of partners to increase college and employment readiness and alter life trajectories, has been hailed across the country as a model for successful intervention. In the program's first two years, 89 percent of participants avoided school suspension or expulsion, and 88 percent successfully upheld the terms of their probation.
When young Black men thrive in school and the workforce, everyone benefits. CCF, our BLOOM partners and donors agree that mentorship, education and employment opportunity have the power to produce healthy, happy and successful young men who can transform their communities.
Read BLOOM's 2015 Impact Report to learn about the BLOOM model and meet some of the young men who have transformed their lives and futures through the program. To find out more about how BLOOM works and the people and organizations bringing positive change to Black males in South L.A., click here.
To make a gift from your CCF donor-advised fund, please log-in to donorconnect.org and click on the “Recommend a Grant” tab. Please indicate the California Community Foundation as the nonprofit organization to receive the grant and write BLOOM in the field marked "charitable purpose."
To learn more about how you can support BLOOM in creating positive the futures for young Black men in Los Angeles County, contact Terri Mosqueda at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 413-4130 ext. 298.