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1 Find, Connect and Promote Positive Engagement with Men of Color Presented by Lynette Simmons and LaLeatha Spillers of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit April 9, 2010

2 Learn successful recruitment and retention Strategies that can be applied in a variety of communities and program settings. Learn to connect with men of color through their organizational affiliations Learn how to take Men of Color from Volunteers to agency Champions What youll get out of todays workshop

3 What do YOU hope to get out of this workshop?

4 Why we need men of Color? The Child Factor Black children (6.7%) were seven and a half times more likely than white children (0.9%) to have a parent in prison. Hispanic children (2.4%) were more than two and a half times more likely than white children to have a parent in prison. (Bureau of Justice Statistics 2009)

5 The Parent Trap 744,200 males incarcerated have children under the age of 18(1,599,200). 46% where children of Black fathers 21% where children of Hispanic fathers 42% of incarcerated females (State) and 52% (Federal) where single parents prior to entering prison. (Bureau of Justice Statistics 2009)

6 What does that mean? FOR MCP Children – They have consistently had minimal to no MALE figure in their lives and in their homes. Which creates a set of at risk dynamics that can contribute to the perpetuation of a cycle of low socioeconomic status, lack of education (drop out) and delinquency. Youth Development Agencies – Creative – Consistent – Diligent In our efforts to connect to Minority Male Volunteers

7 Theres Plenty of Fish in the Sea Identify Connect Solicit Cultivate

8 Identify LaLeatha Staff and Mentor Attend an HBCU Active in the local Alumni Chapter Husband, BIL and FIL are Alphas LA Fitness Gym St. Stephens Baptist Church Delta Sigma Theta Husband sings in the male choir At church Husband active in local Frat chapter Husband also attend a diff HBCU

9 What current connections do you have?

10 ConnectHes just not that into you, or is he? What you need to know about men, research says… Know and address the Fear Factor Accusation of misconduct Parent replacement Time and or financial commitment Define success for them upfront Program process and expectations Structure and flexibility KISS- Keep It Simple Sweetie (BBBS MEE study 2007)

11 Group Are there any Fears or Challenges that you feel are unique to your area and/or agency?

12 Cultivate LaLeatha Staff and Mentor Grad student at EMU Attend an HBCU Active in the local Alumni Chapter Husband, BIL and FIL are Alphas LA Fitness Gym St. Stephens Baptist Church Delta Sigma Theta Husband sings in the male choir At church Husband active in local Frat chapter Husband also attended a diff HBCU

13 Cultivation Events Mentor Mondays – Buffalo Wild Wings and Taste Pizza Bar Wing Eating contest Detroit Young Professionals Greek Bowl Marketing and Messaging 1% percent brochure Sports Buddies

14 Group What are some of the ways that you are cultivating individuals, groups, and/or organizations?

15 Solicit Moving towards commitment Learn who your partners are Define the role of each partner Articulate the benefits of partnering for each partner State each partners expectation

16 Sample MOU

17 Hes a Keeper Fundraising/Special Events Board involvement Company/Organization Volunteers Charity of Choice

18 Full Circle Volunteer Champion Michele Samuels BBBSMD Board Member BCBS (AA Female) Darrell Middleton BCBS VP (AA Male) Company wide commitment Charity of choice Committed to provide volunteers and assist w/ fundraising BFKS Site-Based Volunteers (Majority are minorities) Lloyd Banks (AA Male) BCBS Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Engaged other AA males at BCBS who are also Alphas

19 Next Steps Identify Connect Cultivate Solicit Learn who your partners are. Define the role of each partner. Articulate the benefits of partnering for each partner. State each partners expectation.

20 Questions/Comments

21 Thank You Contact Information Lynette Simmons - Director of Programs LaLeatha Spillers – Recruitment and Outreach


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