We are heavily involved with nonprofits, grass roots and community-based organizations that continue to shine a spotlight on the innovations and innovators that are advancing evidence-based models that lead to measurable, tangible results for our most vulnerable youth.
- We tell stories, share results, and provide tools and resources to help communities understand discrepancies, benchmark results, and track progress.
- We are the catalyst for promoting, elevating and praising organizations for doing great work in the field of black male achievement.
- We connect those that need additional information for programs and services to the areas for long term support.
Based on the National MBK Alliance model, we have also implemented the six milestones while tailoring them to fit the needs of our community based on direct meetings and gatherings that have been influential in our process.
To ensure that all our young men have the opportunities they need to reach their full potential, MBK Durham is grounded in the idea that we must adopt approaches that empower all our children with the tools to succeed as they move through key life stages. Research and experience have identified key milestones on the path to adulthood that are especially predictive of later success, and where interventions can have the greatest impact. At each of these markers, we see some children start to fall behind. Although the factors that influence success at each stage are complex and interdependent, by focusing on these milestones, doing what works and removing or avoiding roadblocks that hinder progress, we can provide young people the opportunity and the tools to get ahead.
1. Entering School Ready to Learn & Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade
All children should have a healthy start and enter school ready – cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally. All children should be reading at grade level by age 8 – the age at which reading to learn becomes essential.
2. Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career
All youth should receive a quality high school education and graduate with the skills and tools needed to advance to postsecondary education or training.
3. Completing Post-secondary Education or Training
Every American should have the option to attend postsecondary education and receive the education and training needed for the quality jobs of today and tomorrow.
4. Successfully Entering the Workforce
Anyone who wants a job should be able to get a job that allows them to support themselves and their families.
5. Keeping Kids on Track and Giving Them Second Chances
All youth and young adults should be safe from violent crime; and individuals who are confined should receive the education, training, and treatment they need for a second chance.
MBK Durham has also identified the following as cross-cutting strategies that remain core principles to our work:
- Enabling comprehensive, cradle-to-college-and-career community solutions
- Learning from and doing what works
- Making data about critical life indicators more transparent
- Empowering parents and engaging other caring adults