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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 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 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
Social

MCAAM is actively seeking new members

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Events

  • Feb
    11
    Black Generational Wealth Series 2021: Where the Real Money Resides
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Black Generational Wealth Series 2021: Where the Real Money Resides

    February 11, 2021
    6:00 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. 

    Topics:

    • 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 
  • Feb
    18
    BGW 2021: The Pandemic Pivot - Bouncing Back from COVID-19
    6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

    BGW 2021: The Pandemic Pivot - Bouncing Back from COVID-19

    February 18, 2021
    6:00 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.

    Topics:

    • 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
  • Feb
    25
    BGW 2021: Keep It In the Family
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    BGW 2021: Keep It In the Family

    February 25, 2021
    6:00 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.

    Topics:

    • Generational & Surviving Black Businesses

    • Specific business owners - manufacturing, construction, professional service, retail, etc

    • Personal background & business history

    • Current profile

    • Future goals

    • Succession plan

    • Words of wisdom


    Register here: bit.ly/KeepItFamilyBGW 

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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