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COVID-19 vaccine

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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 directs and 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.

Connect

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

Resources for Black males

Looking for support?

Connect with organizations that assist Black men and boys in the city.

Go to the finder

MCAAM is actively seeking new members

Want to help the City of Philadelphia respond to challenges facing African American men and boys? Get more information and apply.

Programs

Events

  • Feb
    3
    Make That Change: A Workshop on Personal Financial Literacy
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Make That Change: A Workshop on Personal Financial Literacy

    February 3, 2022
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    In honor of Black History Month, The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement is excited to host our 3rd Annual Black Generational Wealth series for the bi-monthly My Brother’s Keeper Action Academy,  a national program established by President Obama to dismantle systems of inequality and close opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color.  This series is structured into weekly financial empowerment events held throughout February 2022 to empower Black men and their allies with the tools and resources necessary to obtain and maintain generational wealth.  

    Join us for the first event in this series, Make That Change: A Workshop on Personal Financial Literacy.


    How much is your money worth? The first workshop in our Black Generational Wealth Series is designed for us to learn the true value of money. Whether it be one or multiple streams of income, join us as we learn how to get the most our of our money in this financial literacy workshop.

    Sign up here: bit.ly/makethatchangeBGW 
  • Feb
    10
    Tell the Vision: Opportunities to Build with the City of Philadelphia
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Tell the Vision: Opportunities to Build with the City of Philadelphia

    February 10, 2022
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    Black Generational Wealth Series 2022

    Communicating your vision to potential partners can be a difficult task.  Come and learn best practices of partnering with the City of Philadelphia.  Learn how to take advantage of city contracts, grants, and other projects to grow your business.  Hear from city leaders on the requirements as well as minority-owned businesses who have had success in securing City contracts.

    Sign up here: bit.ly/tellthevisionBGW
  • Feb
    17
    Built to Last: Business Strategies to Endure Challenging Times
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Built to Last: Business Strategies to Endure Challenging Times

    February 17, 2022
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    Black Generational Wealth Series 2022

    Need help building, rebuilding or sustaining your business?  Join us as we learn the tips and strategies to build Black-owned businesses that last. Come and hear from our city's Commerce Department and various business owners about the tools available to develop solid businesses that endure the test of time and trials.  COVID-19 changed everything for everyone.  Let's prepare our businesses and ideas with the tools necessary for longevity.  

    Sign up here: bit.ly/buildtolastBGW

Leadership

Eric Westbrook

Prior to becoming the new Director for the Office of Black Male Engagement and MCAAM, 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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