RISE for Boys and Men of Color

Ideation Challenge Award

Focused on the four RISE populations (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans), the RISE Ideation Challenge Award seeks forward-thinking, asset-based, unconventional solutions to relevant issues within the five RISE fields (education, health, human services and social policy, juvenile and criminal justice, and workforce development). These awards will advance understandings of the relationship between opportunities, social conditions, and systems that affect Boys and Men of Color, and provide specificity in meeting the needs of certain communities. Through harnessing the ingenuity of such innovative ideas, RISE will make known the myriad ways of approaching solutions to both challenge and refine existing policies and practices that so often shortchange Boys and Men of Color. 

RISE Ideation Challenge Award Topic #1

Within a span of two years, the killing of unarmed Black men and boys by police officers has been a recurring theme in daily news cycles. Sadly, for many people of color, such headlines are not mere aberrations, but reminders of the realities they face in their communities. These types of unaccounted for killings by police are not a normative condition for people of color, despite prevailing narratives that engender such false belief. Data revealing the disproportionality with which this phenomenon occurs for men of color in general, and Black men and boys specifically, should alarm anyone, and spur her or him to come up with new ways to solve this issue. While statistics do not denote a dramatic rise or increase, over time, in the number of boys and men of color killed at the hands of police officers, recent media have highlighted the fact that the numbers continue to be disproportionate, “Of the 990 people who were killed by police officers in 2015, the Washington Post reported 258 (26%) of them were Black” (Williams, 2016). As of September 21, 2016, there have been 708 documented deaths in police shootings, 311 (44%) of which resulted in the deaths of boys and men of color (24% African American, 11% Hispanic, and 3.8% ‘other’) (The Guardian, 2016).

Williams, J. (2016, September 25). Police Shooting Statistics 2016: Are More Black People Killed By Officers Than Other Races? International Business Times. Retrieved from http://www.ibtimes.com

The Counted: People Killed in the US by the Police. (2016, September 21). The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database

The Challenge

What is an innovative approach to end the unaccounted for and disproportionate killing of unarmed Black men and boys by the police? RISE BMOC invites rigorous solution-based thinking, inventiveness, and critical discussion on how to counter this phenomenon. 

Criteria for Consideration of Applicants

RISE BMOC is a strategic facilitator of researchers, evaluators, scholars, policy makers, advocates, and practitioners. We are reaching out to this broad and diverse network to solicit ideas that spur solution-based, action-oriented dialogue and further discourse on this issue. In seeking thoughtful, concise, and innovative solutions to address this phenomenon, our goal is to provide an open forum focused on improving outcomes and a monetary award. We invite you to think creatively and imagine new possibilities. Please do not be inhibited by the current political climate. Ability to implement is not a requirement. However, we hope that the submissions will inform local and national conversations on police reform. RISE will create space for discussion of the Ideation topic during its upcoming Spring 2017 Convening and on the RISE website.

Who Should Submit

  • Scholars/Researchers/Evaluators (focused on BMOC issues)
  • Practitioners (actively working on BMOC issues)
  • Policy Makers/Advocates
  • Concerned Community Members (mothers, fathers, relatives, allies of BMOC)
  • Youth (13 – 24)

Submission Requirements

  • Strict word limit of 1,000 words.
  • Link to application
    (Applicants, please follow the link, and create a Foundant account for the purpose of submitting your application.)

Important Dates

  • Announcement released February 13, 2017
  • Applications due March 27, 2017
  • Announcement of winner April 7, 2017

Award Levels

  • One First Place Award ($10,000)
  • One Second Place Award ($5,000)
  • One Third Place Award ($1,500)
  • Two Honorable Mentions (no monetary award)