The Urban Leadership Institute, Residential After-School Program and the Institute for Interactive Instruction are pleased to announce the Raising Him Alone Campaign (RHAC). The campaign seeks to create a larger community dialogue around the importance of supporting single mothers who are raising boys. With generous funding from the Open Society Institute’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement the Raising Him Alone Campaign has created a national platform to support single mothers raising boys in some of the toughest communities throughout this country.
On Wednesday, November 17, 2010 the campaign kicks off the first of many workshops to be held in Philadelphia, PA and will continue through June 2011. The campaign has partnered with a host of recognized organizations in the area to help mobilize mothers who are raising sons. BAEO- Philadelphia, Black Male Development Symposium and The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color are just a few of the campaign’s strategic partners who are support our work to improve the social and academic outcomes among boys of color.
Raising Him Alone Kick-off Philadelphia PA: Securing Our Sons Future Workshops:
» Saturday, Dec 18, 2010
Keeping Him Alive & Free
Co-Parenting Young Black Males
(Northwest Community Coalition for Youth)
Imhotep Charter High School
6201 N. 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19138
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Kwanzaa Celebration to Follow
» Friday, March 25, 2011
10 Rules of Survival When Stopped by the Police
Special host organization: Institute for the Development of African-American Youth (IDAAY)
1801 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
» Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monitoring Your Son’s Technology
Police Athletic League (PAL)
2423 N. 27th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132
6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.
» Saturday, May 14, 2011
Black Male Development Symposium
7th Annual Symposium
Special Panel: Mothers Raising Sons
Cheltenham High School
500 Rices Mill Road
Wyncote, PA 19095
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
» Wednesday, June 8, 2011
FOP Lodge #5
1336 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
All workshops will provide a licensed child care provider, lunch or dinner and great giveaways. Attendees must R.S.V.P by contacting 215.851.1795, 215-572-8510 OR 877.339.4300 or visit us at http://www.raisinghimalone.com/
Raising Him Alone (RHA) is dedicated to researching, designing, and implementing a campaign to support the social well being of single mothers raising boys. Through a series of intense community forums, workshops and support group initiatives, RHA seeks to increase access to resources in the areas of Health & Well Being (Mental Health), Educational Support & Advocacy, as well as Financial Literacy.
About The Raising Him Alone Campaign
The Raising Him Alone Campaign is the vision of David Miller and Matt Stevens. It is based on Miller and Stevens’ collective work to improve the life chances of African American males. Miller and Stevens were compelled to join forces to create an advocacy campaign that focused specifically on supporting single mothers raising boys.
The campaign is based on numerous conversations with local and national organizations on ways to better support African American boys. Additionally, Miller & Stevens hosted a series of focus groups and interviews with single mothers raising boys across the U.S. to determine the successes and challenges which confront these families. Overwhelmingly, mothers indicated issues related to understanding male development, issues with their sons father’s and financial constraints as major challenges in their lives.
The campaign acknowledges that nationwide several groups are doing an exceptional job working with African American boys from an academic and social developmental standpoint, however few organizations are working with the parents of these boys.
The Raising Him Alone Campaign recognizes that there has been a total disregard for the voices of single mothers living in urban communities. Such neglect of mothers raising boys has created some alarming trends among African American boys. To this end, the campaign believes that by increasing awareness around the need to connect single mothers to greater access to services (mental health, financial literacy, strategies for parenting a male child and strategies to support school achievement of male children) we can produce more positive outcomes for African American boys.
CONTACT: Lee McDonald