Advancing The Brotherhood’s educational and social influence in throughout Colorado.
The Brotherhood’s advocacy program was created to build a network of actively engaged people who care about the organization and are prepared to promote its educational and social influence in Colorado. With grassroots and leadership advocacy, Advocate for The Brotherhood also will help to raise consciousness about legislative, policy, social and health issues affecting African Americans.
About Advocate for The Brotherhood
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines advocacy as the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal. For The Brotherhood, advocacy at its core, is the support of educational development for young American-African men. This support will come in many forms:
Community Advocacy involves changing the ideas and attitudes of the public. This is typically accomplished through education programs that may include direct mail, publications, group presentations, and a Web site.
Legal Advocacy uses lawsuits in the courts to protect or create rights, improve services, or raise public consciousness.
Legislative Advocacy targets changes in federal, state or local law, school board policy, or budget allocation and may involve legislative monitoring, committee testifying, lobbying, writing position papers, organizing networks and coalitions, and a variety of other activities.
The Brotherhoood’s advocacy program was created to build a network of actively engaged people who care about the organization and are prepared to promote its educational and economic influence in Colorado and beyond. Through grassroots and leadership advocacy, Advocate for The Brotherhood also will help to raise consciousness about legislative and policy issues affecting African Americans.
Who can be an Advocate for The Brotherhood?
We are inviting all Brotherhood students, parents, faculty, staff, donors and alumni, as well as business leaders, community members and friends to become an Advocate for The Brotherhood.
What an Advocate can do?
As an Advocate you:
- By becoming an Advocate you play a role in building awareness of:
- The value of education brings to the overall quality of life.
- The Brotherhood’s significance as an economic driver with workforce development and cultural activities.
- Legislative issues important to The Brotherhood and the school districts with which we partner.
- The importance of increasing the funding to support secondary school educational programs and higher education enrollment.
- Colorado ranks 48th in the nation for its funding for public higher education.
- State tax funds to support public higher education have decreased from 20.3 percent to 9 percent of the state general fund since fiscal year 1990.
- The gaps among adults with college degrees have steadily widened since 1960, with the percent of whites with college degrees three times higher than the Latino rate and double the black rate. Those disparities are the nation’s worst for both Latino’s and backs.
- Between 1992 and 2010, according to Census data, Colorado plunged from 24th to 40th on overall state spending per student for K-12 education. When compared to per capita personal income, Colorado ranked 45th among the states on K-12 spending.
- The African American graduation rate from two-year colleges in Colorado is 13 percent compared to 28.7 percent for whites, African American graduation rate from four-year institutions is 39.1 percent compared to 60 percent for whites.
- The governor and legislators hands are tied by a lack of funds and constitutional amendments.
- We need advocates promoting the value The Brotherhood brings to the local community and work being done to drive educational funding in the state.
- Stay apprised of critical higher education legislative and policy issues as they relate to our young African American men.
- Learn about The Brotherhood’s value and contributions to Colorado and beyond.
- Help ensure that The Brotherhood’s voice is heard around our communities and throughout Colorado, in the state Capitol, and in Washington, D.C.
- Volunteer at a Brotherhood Chapter of your choice, host a Brotherhood event or legislative coffee in your community, and invite a Brotherhood board member to speak at your business or in your community on relevant topics.
- Receive invitations to Brotherhood events, including Advocates-only events with board leadership.