News release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Fort Wayne team to attend Black Male Achievement Convening in Oakland
(April 7, 2015) – A team of local officials will attend the Black Male Achievement convening in Oakland, Calif. The event takes place Wednesday-Friday and is led by the Institute for Black Male Achievement and the National League of Cities.
- Andre Patterson, Chair of the Fort Wayne Commission on African American Males
- Heather Presley-Cowen, Deputy Director of Community Development, City of Fort Wayne
- Geoff Paddock, Fort Wayne City Councilman
- Stephanie Crandall, Legislative & Business Liaison, City of Fort Wayne
- Eric Underwood, student from New Haven High School
The convening will include educational sessions on the following topics:
- Understanding black male engagement and the impact of policies from the youth perspective
- Strengthening local strategies for philanthropic engagement
- Criminal justice
The City of Fort Wayne is one of 11 cities chosen by the National League of Cities to receive technical assistance to support an effort to reduce disparities between black males and their peers.
The cities have pledged to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys by forming strong local partnerships; using data more effectively; developing comprehensive strategies focused on education, employment, family strengthening, and violence prevention; and engaging young black men and boys in civic life and local government.
In addition to Fort Wayne, the other cities include: Charlottesville, Va.; Chicago; Jacksonville, Fla.; Louisville, Ky.; Milwaukee; Oakland, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; and Portland, Ore.