Black Male Achievement On Echoing Green Blog

Meet who's next ​in social entrepreneurship: With fifty-five Fellows leading forty-two organizations, meet our largest class of Fellows in its twenty-seven year history.

While debates brew about immigration reform in the United States, Amaha Kassa is reframing the problem and turning his efforts to helping African immigrants in the U.S. improve their lives, the country they live in, and their countries of origin.

In September, 2012 Black Male Achievement Fellow Neil Phillips, founder of Visible Men, Inc., shared The Nantucket Project's stage with Senator John McCain, Tim Armstrong, Michael Pollan, Eve Ensler, and others. His presentation, "Race to Truth" was awarded the event's inaugural Audience Award.

Last week the 2013 Echoing Green Global and Black Male Achievement Fellows gathered in New York for the annual New Fellows Retreat to connect with each other and with the Echoing Green community.

As we enter into our second year of our partnership with the Open Society Foundations to support the 2013 Black Male Achievement Fellows, we are reminded at the essential nature of collaboration and commitment between organizations working towards similar goals. Read more.

Our team received nearly 3,000 applications for the 2013 Echoing Green and Black Male Achievement Fellowships. With the help of 532 evaluators asking challenging questions and analyzing applicants’ plans and capabilities, we have narrowed the pool to just thirty-nine Echoing Green Finalists and fourteen Open Society Foundations Black Male Achievement Finalists. See the Finalists.

We need leadership that reflects the diversity of the communities we seek to influence. In several of our Black Male Achievement Fellows, we saw enterprising social innovators who have fresh ideas to scale the environmental movement by empowering their communities to be the agents for change. Read More.

Over the last 25 years, Echoing Green has invested in many black social innovators doing important work to continue the legacy of social change in the black community, including Earl Phalen ('93, pictured), Van Jones (EG '94), Orlando Watkins ('95), Rise Wilson ('04), and Rafiq Kalam Id-Din ('07). Read more.


On October 3, 2012, Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement hosted The Innovation and Impact Forum at the Grand Hyatt New York City. The event included over 200 attendees from the philanthropic sector, the business community, community based organizations, and noted influencers in the Black Male Achievement field. Read More.

Take a look at our new video introducing the nine Black Male Achievement Fellows, who are already making history. Read more.

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