2013 Black Male Achievement Fellows Announced

The in partnership with have announced the 2013 class of .

The were selected based on their strategies for building lasting and positive improvements in the life outcomes of African-American men and boys. Their projects range from providing entrepreneurship training for African-American men in prison, to creating career pathways in technology, to lowering teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS rates through condom sales. Each BMA fellow will receive $70,000 in seed funding, as well as technical training, consulting opportunities, mentoring, and access to the Echoing Green and Open Society alumni networks.

This year's BMA Fellows are of , which works to leverage condom sales into teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention initiatives in underserved communities; of , which creates access, awareness, and opportunities for minority engineering talent; of (ELiTE), which encourages the development of socially responsible leaders in engineering and science; of , which works to make "career day" an everyday experience in school; of , which works with educators to develop and assign eBooks, quizzes, and lessons that track student engagement, growth, and mastery; of the , which seeks to develop an incarceration model focused entirely on education and preparation for reentry into the community; of the , which works to protect the special education rights if young black men during incarceration and reentry; and of , which works to bridge the racial and ethnic divide in computing by teaching minority children to code.

Now in its second year, the BMA Fellows program is modeled after Echoing Green's fellowship program, which supports emerging social entrepreneurs who have launched organizations with the potential to make a systemic, long-term impact on society. This year's were announced in conjunction with the announcement of the BMA Fellows.

"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Echoing Green to support the second class of talented social entrepreneurs seeking solutions to some of the most intractable problems facing black men and boys in America today," said Shawn Dove, manager of the Open Society . "The BMA Fellows' innovative and disruptive ideas enrich and strengthen the field for everyone working for economic, political, and social inclusion for all Americans."

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