Research Report Exploring Approaches to Increase Economic Opportunity for Young Men of Color: A 10-Year Review
Natalie Spievack, Madeline Brown, Christin Durham, Pamela J. Loprest
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The past decade has brought significant developments in efforts to close equity gaps for young men of color—but additional progress must be made. This report tracks 10 years of progress on increasing economic opportunity for young men of color. It highlights the voices of young men and lifts up seven new and promising approaches: changing narratives, intervening early, empowering young men of color to lead, promoting mental health and well-being, preparing for higher education and careers, building wealth, tailoring interventions to the local context. It also presents recent federal, state, and local policy reforms that show promise for increasing economic opportunity by dismantling structural barriers faced by young men of color. Written for practitioners, policymakers, philanthropy, and advocates, the report concludes with opportunities for action for all audiences.


This report is a part of our ongoing Boys and Young Men of Color initiative. For a short summary of new and promising approaches, see the highlights brief.

Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Economic mobility and inequality Education Wealth and financial well-being Children and youth Race and equity
Tags Employment Workforce development Racial and ethnic disparities Economic well-being Juvenile justice Policing and community safety Labor force Wealth inequality Job training Mobility Schooling Youth employment and training Men and boys Beyond high school: education and training Neighborhoods and youth development Racial and ethnic disparities in criminal justice Racial equity in education Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial inequities in employment Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development Building America’s Workforce
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center