Webinar on Connecting to Jobs: Local Strategies and Policy Approaches to Employ Black Men
May 24, 2012 | Rhonda Bryant
Although the national unemployment rate is dropping, unemployment in the black community remains significantly higher than the rate for whites or the general population. In particular, black male youth and young adults are up against a major struggle to launch themselves into self sufficiency, as unemployment in these age brackets is at an all-time high. Federal investment in employment initiatives has been insufficient, and few communities are engaged in targeted approaches to address the employment plight of black men.
On May 24, CLASP, the Association for Black Funding Executives, and the 2025 Network for Black Men and Boys hosted a webinar highlighting approaches to increase employment opportunities for black male youth and young adults. Presentation is available here and below.
The webinar highlighted:
- the national data on black male unemployment,
- advocacy and organizing efforts in Los Angeles,
- the engagement models being implemented in Boston, MA -- specifically for the formerly incarcerated, and
- policy solutions for communities seeking to make positive impacts with their black male population.