True vision sees not what you are, but what you can be.
At a time when a bachelor’s degree leads to a $1 million increase in lifetime earnings, only one in 10 young Black men graduates from a four-year college. And though they are only 9 percent of all young people living in L.A., Black youth make up nearly 33 percent of those on probation. Once in the system, it is hard to get out, with more than 80 percent facing re-arrest within three years.
With access to educational opportunities, caring mentors and positive options, there’s no limit on what these young men can achieve. And when they succeed, all Angelenos benefit.
In 2012, CCF launched BLOOM (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men) to help young Black men who are or are at risk of becoming involved the juvenile justice system onto positive paths towards success. By combining mentorship, character development and specially-tailored programming BLOOM helped young men succeed in high school, higher education and life. Though the initiative was not without its challenges, our partners Brotherhood Crusade and the Social Justice Learning Institute worked hard, were patient, took smart risks and committed themselves to learning along the way. The result is a powerful new model for expanding opportunities for young people who face steep and entrenched barriers.
Over the course of seven years, nearly 800 young men transformed their futures through the program, which has been recognized by the White House as a promising model to be replicated nationally. Ninety percent of BLOOMers upheld the terms of their probation and have not reoffended, and 93 percent earned their high school diploma or GED.
The California Community Foundation (CCF) expresses deep gratitude to our funders, donors, and advisors for their guidance, encouragement, and feedback on this initiative. Together, we have dreamed big and acted boldly to improve the lives of our youth and our community’s future.
Current & Past Advisory Committee Members:
|Towalame Austin||Vincent Jones||Dr. Terrence Roberts|
|Carl A. Ballton||Montae Langston||Virgil Roberts|
|Carol Biondi||Mark Loranger||Dr. Hershel Swinger|
|David Crippens||Courtney Lyder||Trayvon Walker|
|Dr. Winston Doby||Olivia Mitchell||Karim Webb|
|Zaid Gayle||Yusef Omowale||Reggie Webb|
|Alan-Michael Graves||Dr. Manuel Pastor||Amelia Williamson|
|Marqueece Harris-Dawson||Dr. Renford Reese||Zakeer Willis|
|Dr. Tyrone Howard||Alberto Retana|
|Annenberg Foundation||Erika J. Glazer|
|California Wellness Foundation||The Hanley Foundation|
|The Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation||Patricia Neuwirth|
|Citi Foundation – Community Progress Makers||Union Bank Foundation|
|Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation||Weingart Foundation|
|Nike Irvin||Kristina McGee|
|Tammy Johnson||Alvertha Penny|
|Kelly King||Jai Phillips|
|Robert Lewis||LaWayne Williams|
The work of BLOOM and its partners is being carried on by the BLOOM Alliance. To support their work and help create positive futures for young Black men in South Los Angeles, click the button below.
For more information, visit our BLOOM resource library.