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.
Feb11EventBlack Generational Wealth Series 2021: Where the Real Money Resides6:00 pm to 8:00 pmEvent
Black Generational Wealth Series 2021: Where the Real Money ResidesFebruary 11, 20216:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
What kind of relationship do you have with money? What comes to mind when you think of wealth? Are being rich and wealthy the same thing? Join us as we seek to unlearn unhealthy habits and learn and apply successful strategies for attaining and maintaining wealth.
Financial Literacy - value of good and repairing credit, establishing a budget and positive cash flow, managing debt, good vs bad debt,
Life/Health Insurance (Keys to Generational Wealth)
Financial Planning - Tools for growing your money
Investing - stocks, mutual funds, real estate
Pooling resources - groups, clubs, family members
Register here: bit.ly/RealMoneyBGW
Feb18EventBGW 2021: The Pandemic Pivot - Bouncing Back from COVID-196:00 pm to 8:30 pmEvent
BGW 2021: The Pandemic Pivot - Bouncing Back from COVID-19February 18, 20216:00 pm to 8:30 pm, 3 hours
The challenges of COVID-19 have come with setbacks for all of us in some way, but with every setback there is an opportunity to set up our comeback. Come and learn more tips on how stimulus checks, unemployment, tax returns, grants, rental assistance, and much more can help us think outside of the box.
Join us as we hear from City and Community leaders on tools and resources available to help our communities and businesses bounce back.
City and Community Resources for businesses and individuals
Gaining access to capital and capacity building for small businesses
City Council new legislative initiatives & RFPs
Private & other public opportunities
Register here: bit.ly/PandemicPivotBGW
Feb25EventBGW 2021: Keep It In the Family6:00 pm to 8:00 pmEvent
BGW 2021: Keep It In the FamilyFebruary 25, 20216:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
Join us as we hear from live examples of generational wealth from some of our very own neighbors. Be inspired and informed on how to foster the mindset and motivation of wealth from one generation to the next.
Generational & Surviving Black Businesses
Specific business owners - manufacturing, construction, professional service, retail, etc
Personal background & business history
Words of wisdom
Register here: bit.ly/KeepItFamilyBGW
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.