Two Mandela students at the YMCA Homies Empowerment Program, part of our after school program and led by Cesar Cruz, have been selected to speak at the "Building Healthy Communities Young Men & Boys of Color" Conference at the California Endowment in Los Angeles, CA. on September 28-29, 2010.
This conference will have a profound impact on the funding for programs that will impact bous and men of color. The Homies Empowement Program has been studied this year by the Califronia Endowment and these students along with five others from Oakland Schools have participated in various focal groups throughout the year.
The symposium will feature commissioned studies, workshops and discussion groups focused on social policy interventions that seek to improve the health, education, social and economic outcomes ecperienced by young men and boys of color.