Mayor's Office of Black Male Engagement

Transforming the narrative for men and boys of color in Philadelphia.

Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement

What we do

The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement (OBME) works to close the opportunity divide for men and boys of color. We strive to better the communities where they live and reduce the economic and social disparities that affect them.

Our work is inclusive. We also serve Latino, Asian, immigrant, and other populations of men and boys in Philadelphia.

OBME supports the efforts of the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males. We also coordinate My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia, a program that aims to dismantle systems of inequality. OBME is part of the larger Office of Public Engagement.

Brotherly Love: Health of Black Men and Boys in Philadelphia lays the groundwork for health care providers, city officials, city residents, and other stakeholders to develop actionable next steps to improve health outcomes for the city’s Black men and boys.

The 2018 Spotlight Guide is a magazine based on the Spotlight Series, an interview series produced by the Office of Black Male Engagement which strives to showcase and raise the visibility of positive Black men in Philadelphia. The Spotlight Guide features Black men who are leaders in various industries across the city.

Connect

Address
City Hall
Room 115
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Email obme@phila.gov
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Events

  • Feb
    4
    Money Moves: A Workshop on Personal Financial Literacy
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Community College of Philadelphia West Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19139, USA

    Money Moves: A Workshop on Personal Financial Literacy

    February 4, 2020
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    Community College of Philadelphia West Regional Center, 4725 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19139, USA
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    In honor of Black History Month, The Mayor's Office of Black Male Engagement is hosting a special four-part seminar, The Black Generational Wealth Series, as a part of the Office's My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Action Academy. This series is structured as financial empowerment workshops to empower Black men with the tools and resources necessary to obtain and maintain generational wealth. This series will be held on a weekly basis throughout February 2020!

    Join the Office of Black Male Engagement, The Office of Economic Opportunity, and a panel of local business experts for the first event of the series: a personal financial literacy workshop that will cover tips and insight on personal banking, credit building, investments, taxes, ownership vs renting, retirement, savings, budgeting, loans, insurance and more.  

    Register here: bit.ly/MoneyMovesBGW

  • Feb
    11
    Building Blocks: Opportunities to Rebuild with the City of Philadelphia
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Philadelphia City Archives, 548 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA

    Building Blocks: Opportunities to Rebuild with the City of Philadelphia

    February 11, 2020
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    Philadelphia City Archives, 548 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA
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    Are you looking to learn a skills-based trade? Are you a contractor looking to grow or build your business?  Building Blocks will reveal the many opportunities available to build with Philadelphia. This workshop will also be an opportunity for participants to connect and get questions answered about opportunities with Rebuild, housing improvement programs and how to get involved in city-led construction projects. 

    In honor of Black History Month, The Mayor's Office of Black Male Engagement is hosting a special four-part seminar, The Black Generational Wealth Series, as a part of the Office's My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Action Academy. This series is structured as financial empowerment workshops to empower Black men with the tools and resources necessary to obtain and maintain generational wealth. This series will be held on a weekly basis throughout February 2020!

    Register here: bit.ly/BuildingBlocksBGW

  • Feb
    18
    Grand Opening, Grand Closing: Building a Business that Lasts
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Quorum, 3675 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    Grand Opening, Grand Closing: Building a Business that Lasts

    February 18, 2020
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    Quorum, 3675 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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    This informational workshop will feature business owners sharing their insights on building and creating a sustainable business, turning a 'hustle' into an 'enterprise' and developing additional revenue streams.  Potential topics for this will include marketing, creating a sound financial infrastructure, good customer service, building your team and more in order to maintain a successful business in Philadelphia. 

    In honor of Black History Month, The Mayor's Office of Black Male Engagement is hosting a special four-part seminar, The Black Generational Wealth Series, as a part of the Office's My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Action Academy. This series is structured as financial empowerment workshops to empower Black men with the tools and resources necessary to obtain and maintain generational wealth. This series will be held on a weekly basis throughout February 2020!

    Register here: bit.ly/GrandOpeningBGW

Leadership

Eric Westbrook

Prior to becoming the new Director for the Office of Black Male Engagement, Eric spent seven years of his career at the Community College of Philadelphia, where he worked to improve graduation and retention rates for male students of color. He coordinated the recruitment efforts for the Center for Male Engagement, partnering with dozens of schools, community-based organizations, businesses, and nonprofit agencies.

With nearly 20 years of experience in social service, Eric understands the need of bridging individuals and communities to the necessary resources. He brings a wide range of skill in strategic planning and networking, as well as an eternal optimism from life coaching, supervising after-school programs, and direct service work.

Staff

Name Job title Phone #
Octavius L. Blount Coordinator for Mayor's Office of Black Male Engagement
(215) 686-0811
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