Community of Practice

Alliance for Boys and Men of Color’s Community of Practice

Learn – Connect – Grow

What is the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Community of Practice?

The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color’s Community of Practice is a forum where Alliance members can share knowledge and learning, strengthen partnerships, and collectively identify strategies to influence practices, systems, and policies to improve conditions and outcomes for boys and men of color.  The Community:

  • Provides an interactive learning environment that cultivates collaboration, inspires innovation and spurs action
  • Leverages the contributions of members by fostering the sharing of experiences, ideas, resources, practices, expertise and lessons learned
  • Builds the capacity of Alliance members through professional development, training, technical assistance and the dissemination of best practices
  • Bridges policy, practice and research by building avenues between learning and action


How can I participate in the Community of Practice?

There are multiple ways of participating.  The Alliance hosts webinars, convenings, and other strategies for helping network members to learn, connect, and grow.  The Alliance also supports a variety of Affinity Groups that regularly meet to discuss opportunities, content, and strategies for addressing the issues, concerns, and priorities related to subpopulations within the network.  For more information about the Affinity Groups, or the Community of Practice overall, please contact Jme McLean at PolicyLink (jme [at], or the Affinity Group lead listed below:

  • Black Male Achievement Affinity Group Kisasi Brooks, kisasi [at]
  • Brotherhood of Elders Affinity Group -  Joe Brooks, joe [at]
  • Gender, Health, and Male Identity Affinity Group - Tara Weekes, tweekes [at]
  • Southeast Asian BMOC Affinity GroupJonathan Tran, jonathan [at]


What’s next for the Community of Practice?

The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color is in the process of building the Community of Practice to serve as a critical venue for our diverse and powerful network to connect, learn, and advance conditions for young men and boys of color by building on and influencing policy change. 

In 2014-2015, the Alliance will be identifying and implementing strategies to strengthen the Community of Practice.  An Advisory Committee consisting of various representatives of the Alliance is helping to guide this effort, with staff support from PolicyLink and Root Cause. 

The process will entail ongoing outreach, but ideas, suggestions, and concerns are welcome at any time.  Please Contact Jme McLean, Associate Director, at jme [at]


Advisory Group Members for Strengthening the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

  • Alejandra Gutierrez, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, Stockton
  • B. Cole, Brown Boi Project, Oakland
  • Castle Redmond, The California Endowment (TCE), Oakland
  • David Muhammad, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Oakland
  • Dwight Bonds, CA Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators, Los Angeles
  • Frankie Villasenor Guzman, National Center for Youth Law, Oakland
  • Héctor Sánchez-Flores, National Compadres Network/National Latino Fatherhood & Family Institute, San Jose
  • Henry Perez, InnerCity Struggle, Los Angeles
  • Jorge Ruiz de Velasco, Gardner Center, Stanford Graduate School of Education, Palo Alto
  • Junious Williams, Urban Strategies Council, Oakland
  • Luis Antonio Sanchez, Movement Strategy Center, Los Angeles
  • Tahira Cunningham / Ruben Cantu, California Pan Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), Sacramento