Opportunity Youth Playbook: A Guide to Reconnecting Boys and Men of Color to Education and Employment

Opportunity Youth Network

Population / Age / Demographics Served
People of Color, Young Adults, Youth

This playbook organizes best practices for serving out-of-school, out-of-work boys and men of color into six critical milestones.

Publication Date
Dec. 1 2016

This playbook highlights promising practices, strategies, and resources to help communities support 16- to 24-year-old boys and young men of color who are neither in school nor employed—commonly referred to as “opportunity youth” or “disconnected youth”.

There are more than 1.5 million disconnected young men of color in the United States. Young men of color are disproportionately likely to be disconnected from school and work. The disparities are driven by the interplay of gender, race, and inequities among the communities in which they grow up.

This playbook helps communities take action to reconnect disconnected boys and young men of color. It is organized by the six critical milestones enshrined by the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge: entering school ready to learn; reading at grade level by third grade; graduating from high school ready for college and career; completing postsecondary education or training; successfully entering the workforce; and reducing violence and providing a second chance. Each section includes an overview, strategies for taking action, and links to key organizations and resources.