In December 2012, Echoing Green and the Open Society Campaign for Black Male Achievement asked emerging social entrepreneurs dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the U.S. to apply for the Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship.
We are seeking visionary leaders who are generating new ideas for black male achievement in areas like fatherhood, mentoring, college preparatory programs, community-building, supportive wage work opportunities, communications, and philanthropic leadership. We have beeen encouraged by the more than 700 individuals who heeded this call and applied. We remain inspired by the vision of our applicants, riled by the statistics they shared, and even shed tears reading the stories woven into these applications.
Today, we are proud to announce 14 finalists for the BMA Fellowship. They represent 10 U.S. cities, with ideas ranging from transforming math and science education using online technology to creating entrepreneurship training programs for black men in prison. Of these 14 amazing people, 8 will become BMA Fellows at the end of May.
Meet the 2012 BMA Finalists:
- B Holding Group, LLC / b condoms
- corners2cornerstones, inc.
- Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering, Inc. (ELiTE)
- IMB Foundation
- Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (I-SEEED)
- Qeyno Labs
- The Anew School
- The Reset Foundation
- The School Justice Project, Inc.