The 2025 Steering Committee is the governing body that implements the various place-based strategies and partnerships with community–based organizations in BMB cities or regions; executes policy and advocacy initiatives; and provides strategic communications, web-based media, and brand strategy for the 2025 Network. National co-conveners participating in the 2025 Network for Black Men and Boys include, The Ford Foundation, The Twenty First Century Foundation, the National Urban League, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Organization of Concerned Black Men, Open Society Institute, The Schott Foundation for Education, Center for Law and Social Policy, and many others.
We will create a society with new social and economic realities that inspire ambition and hope among African descendant males and accommodate the pursuit and realization of their dreams. We will initiate and support efforts that restore aspiration among and create conditions for African descendant males to realize their destiny and contribute greatness to the world. We believe this endeavor advances humanity and increases our collective capacity to heal injustice.
To collaboratively develop and implement an initiative for the educational, social, emotional, physical, spiritual, political and economic development and empowerment of African descendant men and boys in the United States.
The approach of the 2025 Network is to engage local community based organizations, organizers, advocates, practitioners, and youth leaders and connect them with business interests, philanthropic entities, academics, as well as concerned individuals to become catalysts for an organic process for decisive action. Concurrently, we are cultivating relationships with policy makers and power-brokers in order to find a place at the table and have a positive influence when decisions are being made about the allocation of resources and the deployment of services within our communities.