The Difference http://wboi.org en Interview: Ron Lewis on Race and Higher Education http://wboi.org/post/interview-ron-lewis-race-and-higher-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we heard in <a href="http://wboi.org/post/interview-ron-lewis-racial-bias-education">Wednesday's interview with Ron Lewis</a>, significant challenges exist for young black men in the classroom, and many are hard to quantify.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But those challenges don't end when those men get to college.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:41:05 +0000 Virginia Alvino 32062 at http://wboi.org Interview: Ron Lewis on Race and Higher Education Interview: Ron Lewis on Racial Bias in Education http://wboi.org/post/interview-ron-lewis-racial-bias-education <p>By now, it should be no surprise to listeners of&nbsp;<a href="http://thedifferencefw.tumblr.com/"><em>The Difference </em></a>that&nbsp;young African-American men are falling behind their peers in the classroom.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Virginia Alvino 31945 at http://wboi.org Interview: Ron Lewis on Racial Bias in Education Interview: Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock on Black Male Achievement http://wboi.org/post/interview-fort-wayne-city-councilman-geoff-paddock-black-male-achievement <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From education to income, there’s a significant gap between black men and their peers in Fort Wayne- last year, the City was awarded a technical grant from the National League of Cities to address the disparity.</span></p><p>As a part of the initiative, the NLC held a conference in Oakland last month for the participating cities to learn about strategies for improving black male achievement.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Virginia Alvino 30074 at http://wboi.org Interview: Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock on Black Male Achievement For Some Immigrants of Color, Becoming Black is a Process http://wboi.org/post/some-immigrants-color-becoming-black-process <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Fort Wayne Rescue Mission CEO Donovan </span>Coley<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> never thought of himself as black until he moved to the U.S. from Jamaica.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:43:49 +0000 Virginia Alvino 28798 at http://wboi.org For Some Immigrants of Color, Becoming Black is a Process In "Race for Results," African-Americans are Falling Behind http://wboi.org/post/race-results-african-americans-are-falling-behind <p></p><p><a href="http://nipr.fm/post/report-finds-indiana-among-worst-states-black-youth">As we reported earlier this week</a>, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its latest study examining how kids of different races fare when it comes to meeting developmental milestones on time.</p><p>The findings are striking, though not necessarily surprising.</p><p></p><p>Black, Latino, and Native American children are lagging behind – in some cases, far behind their white and Asian-American peers.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Sean Bueter 28610 at http://wboi.org In "Race for Results," African-Americans are Falling Behind Report Finds Indiana Among Worst States for Black Youth http://wboi.org/post/report-finds-indiana-among-worst-states-black-youth <p></p><p>A <a href="http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Initiatives/KIDS%20COUNT/R/RaceforResults/RaceforResults.pdf">new study released Tuesday</a> finds Indiana among the ten worst states for black children, highlighting the disparity in opportunity between African-American youth and their peers.</p><p>The policy report&nbsp;from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, titled "<a href="http://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter/Publications.aspx?pubguid={5B863B11-62C7-41EC-9F7F-6D12125C4DC2}">Race for Results</a>," measures 12 factors in an effort to chart child progression nationwide. Those include everything from reading proficiency to graduation rates to the number of children living near or below the federal poverty level.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:43:02 +0000 Sean Bueter 28519 at http://wboi.org Report Finds Indiana Among Worst States for Black Youth Obama Launches Initiative To Provide Opportunities For Young Men of Color http://wboi.org/post/obama-launches-initiative-provide-opportunities-young-men-color <p>President Obama Thursday announced a new initiative to provide opportunities for young men of color who are underachieving compared to their peers.</p><div><p>Obama is calling for collaboration from foundations, corporations, and community leaders to address the nationwide gap.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is aimed at helping black and </span>latino<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> boys stay in school and out of the criminal justice system - and to improve their access to higher education.</span></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Virginia Alvino 27135 at http://wboi.org Obama Launches Initiative To Provide Opportunities For Young Men of Color The Difference: Growing Up Without a Role Model, Now Ready to Be One http://wboi.org/post/difference-growing-without-role-model-now-ready-be-one <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Throughout 2014 WBOI is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne and meeting the people working to make a change.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re calling our project “The Difference.”&nbsp;</span></em></p><p></p><p>In Fort Wayne, the number of potential roadblocks to academic and social development for some African-American boys is vast. Poverty, stereotyping, recidivism, cultural differences: each can have an impact on how a child learns and grows.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:47:07 +0000 Virginia Alvino 26283 at http://wboi.org The Difference: Growing Up Without a Role Model, Now Ready to Be One The Difference: How Mentors Can Help Close the Achievement Gap http://wboi.org/post/difference-how-mentors-can-help-close-achievement-gap <div><p><em>All this week—and throughout 2014—WBOI is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne and meeting the people working to make a change. We're calling the project "The Difference."</em></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:05:24 +0000 Virginia Alvino 26234 at http://wboi.org The Difference: How Mentors Can Help Close the Achievement Gap The Difference: For Recidivist Offenders, Jobs Can Break the Cycle http://wboi.org/post/difference-recidivist-offenders-jobs-can-break-cycle <p><em>All this week—and throughout 2014—WBOI is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne, and along the way, meeting the people working to make a change. We’re calling the project “The Difference.”</em></p><p></p><p>According to the Indiana Department of Corrections, nearly half of African-American ex-offenders in Allen County will make it back into the prison system within just a few years. And for some, breaking that cycle can be nearly impossible without help.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:42:39 +0000 Sean Bueter 26230 at http://wboi.org The Difference: For Recidivist Offenders, Jobs Can Break the Cycle