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

  • Oct
    17
    MBK Action Academy: Opportunity Forum
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Nicetown CDC Community Center, 4300 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA

    MBK Action Academy: Opportunity Forum

    October 17, 2019
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    Nicetown CDC Community Center, 4300 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA
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    The Office of Black Male Engagement is partnering with Councilmember Cindy Bass to put on their second My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Action Academy. This academy will focus on the connecting and preparing Black men and boys for the opportunities available in our City.

    On October 17th at the Nicetown CDC from 6pm – 8pm this academy will serve as an opportunity forum for Black men and boys to share their stories of success with City resources and opportunities they have taken advantage of in order to inspire other Black men and boys to do the same. It will also feature a job readiness training provided by DBHIDS to help Black men and boys who may have been out of work or school for a while on how to prepare for the culture of the classroom or work environment.

    Register here: http://bit.ly/MBKOppForum

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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