Boys and Men of Color (BMOC)

The Social Justice Learning Institute is committed to advancing the opportunities available to Boys and Men of Color (BMOC). SJLI’s commitment to young men of color is rooted in the belief that when given the opportunity to succeed, young men of color will thrive, and by extension, elevate our larger communities.  

My Brother's Keeper

This is an issue of national importance -- it's as important as any issue that I work on.  It's an issue that goes to the very heart of why I ran for President -- because if America stands for anything, it stands for the idea of opportunity for everybody; the notion that no matter who you are, or where you came from, or the circumstances into which you are born, if you work hard, if you take responsibility, then you can make it in this country.

-President Barack Obama, February 27, 2014 


Under President Barack Obama, the White House has launched an initiative to empower boys and young men of color.  In these early months of this initiative, a Presidential Task Force has been developed to identify what programs and organizations have been effective in improving the lives and circumstances affecting BMOC’s.  Findings from these efforts will inform improvements to federal policies and regulations.  

The Social Justice Learning Institute was honored to be one of the initial organizations in California invited to participate in a “White House Listening Session” with Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary, Broderick Johnson.  More than 150 SJLI youth participated in this event and shared their personal experiences with the White House. 

SJLI is proudly aligned with the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, and is committed to ensuring the all youth are provided the opportunities to prove themselves as scholars. 

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Brothers, Sons, Selves

The Social Justice Learning Institute has been identified as a “community leader at the frontlines of change.” As a respected social justice leader, advancing the opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, SJLI has joined the Brothers, Sons, Selves Initiative in partnership with Liberty Hill Foundation, and the California Endowment. 

Using community-based participatory research and organizing, SJLI brings deep community engagement to a Coalition of justice-oriented organizations working together to identify and implement policy changes that support Boys and Men of Color. 

The Social Justice Learning Institute joins the Brotherhood Crusade, Californians for Justice, Centro CHA, Children's Defense Fund California, Community Coalition, East L.A. YMCA, Gay Straight Alliance Network, InnerCity Struggle,  Khmer Girls and Guys in Action, Labor/Community Strategy Center, and Youth Justice Coalition to form the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition.