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.
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. Through a partnership with Brotherhood Crusade and the Social Justice Learning Institute, BLOOM programming combines mentorship, character development and specially-tailored programming to helping young men succeed in high school, higher education and life.
Since 2012, more than 800 young men have transformed their futures through the program, which has been recognized by the White House as a promising model to be replicated nationally. In 2017, 100 percent of BLOOM seniors graduated from high school, nearly all of whom have gone on to attend college, and 97 percent upheld the terms of their probation and have not reoffended.
- 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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