Breaking Barriers Youth Council Aims to Accelerate Positive Outcomes for Young Men of Color

youngmenofcolor“Breaking Barriers” Youth Leadership Council is a group of young men of color, 12-24 years in age, creating a unified voice that advocates for racial equity, social justice and policy change. The Council will address the practices and systems that hold back males of color.

Through civic leadership training and direct lobbying opportunities, Breaking Barriers participants will learn the importance of advocacy and will develop their personal and collective leadership skills to be able to influence positive change, strengthening and improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color.

Breaking Barriers, an initiative of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable, is aimed at accelerating positive outcomes for boys and young men of color across the cradle-to-career continuum.

The Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable includes more than 30 community leaders from public, private, nonprofits and faith institutions convened to advance racial equity and promote the change required to accelerate a shared regional prosperity. 

In partnership with the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable, the City of Buffalo and Buffalo Public Schools, and Say Yes Buffalo, “Breaking Barriers” will expand the capacity of boys and young men of color to improve life outcomes and empower them to become agents of change in our community. Areas of focus may include: early childhood; college access and readiness; career pathways and economic opportunity; and criminal justice and public safety.

A flyer with more details and the application for the youth council are available here.