Ensuring equality and working with communities
Young Black Men Project
The Young Black Men Programme set-up by Hackney Council is a ground-breaking 10-year long initiative aiming to tackle inequalities for young black men in the borough. Hackney’s young black men face a higher education attainment gap, a higher risk from developing mental health issues and are more likely to live in a lone parent household. To tackle persistent inequalities a cross-sector partnership with a long-term vision was needed to improve life chances for future generations, as well as coordinating support and opportunities for those who are 18-25 now. The partnership involves the council, community and voluntary sector groups, local businesses, schools and parents coming together with clear goals over the next 10 years. The programme involves local schools and the local Clinical Commissioning Group, as well as an Inspirational Leaders programme challenging negative stereotypes and portrayals in the media and inspiring young black men and boys across Hackney with positive role models in action.