The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) operates as the only office of its kind in the United States of America. As an intentional branch of Philadelphia’s local governmental structure, the Office looks to serve as a “voice” and liaison between individuals/ organizations and local government. Utilizing a policy driven – collective impact model, OBME leads the City’s work around closing the opportunity divide for men and boys of color.
OBME works to align and focus resources and initiatives towards the specific goal of reducing economic and social disparities along with improving outcomes for Black men and boys and the communities in which they live. The overarching purpose of OBME also includes a focus on serving Latino, Asian, immigrant and other populations of men and boys in the City of Philadelphia.
In February of 2016, Mayor James F. Kenney appointed Jack Drummond to lead the office.
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NEW for November 2017
Please find the following events sponsored and/ or supported by the Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement:
- The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) will host its Sister’s with Hearts for Engagement (S/HE) convening on November 14, 2017 at Dobbins CTE high school (2150 W. Lehigh Ave.) The circle is designed for women who support Black male engagement, achievement, and success. We, at the Office of Black Male Engagement, believe that “balance is power” and would like to grow our partnership network with intentionality. We look forward to your suggestions, strength, power, and passion as we have a mission that we cannot fulfill without you.
- The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement presents its 11th My Brother’s Keep Community Conversations Initiative:
Topic: Health & Wellness
Date: Tuesday, November 21st
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Community College of Philadelphia; Center for Business & Industry, Rm -CBI – C2-28.
- Cheryl Bettigole – Division Director of Chronic Disease Prevention, Health Department, City of Philadelphia
- Leonia Johnson – DBHIDS Counselor & Public Health Program Analyst
- Gabriel Bryant – Youth Initiatives Specialist – Engaging Men of Color (EMOC) – DBHIDS
- William Harding – Community liaison former psych rehab worker
Register Now: www.mbkcommunityconversations.eventbrite.com
- Ujima Friends Peace Center presents two new events – Community Appreciation Ceremony and Food Share:
- The ceremony honors community organizations/individuals in the North (Central) area of Philadelphia and will take place Saturday, November 18, 2017 11am – 2pm, at Ujima Friends Peace Center, located at 1701 W. Lehigh Ave.
- The 2nd Food Share event will take place Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10am – 1pm, at Ujima Friends Peace Center, located at 1701 W. Lehigh Ave.
- The Engaging Males of Color (EMOC) initiative is having their next storytelling event in partnership with First Person Arts on Monday, Nov. 13th, 7-10PM at Underground Arts, with a focus on men from the LGBTQIA community. The Artistic Director is Philadelphia’s own Kemar Jewel, and the event will both celebrate the lives of these men through the artistry of ballroom and vogue culture, while also revealing the personal stories related to their behavioral health and how they navigated the trauma in their lives.
- During our next general body meeting, the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males will host Hannah Sassman who will be discussing transformative social change around algorithmic accountability in criminal justice.
Date: November 29th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Community College of Philadelphia
(CBI Building) 18th Callowhill St.
For More information about community opportunities, please contact:
Mike Robinson, M.S.
Director – Community Outreach and Hiring
Temple University-Office of Human Resources
1913 N. Broad Street, Mitten Hall-Lower Level
Philadelphia, PA 19122