Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition

CDF-CA belongs to the Brothers, Sons, Selves (BSS) Coalition along with several other youth development, base-building, and advocacy organizations that work collaboratively to improve the life conditions and outcomes of boys and men of color in Los Angeles County and California. Low-income and young men of color living in L.A. County have the lowest life expectancy rates, highest unemployment rates, fewest high school and college graduates and most murder victims of any demographic group.

BSS engages in fast-track social justice campaigns led by young men from diverse backgrounds and also seeks to strengthen the leadership of young women and other specific populations experiencing the layered injustices of racism, economic injustice, sexism and homophobia. In collaboration with DSC-LA, BSS led the campaign to pass the School Climate Bill of Rights in Los Angeles. CDF-CA works with BSS to secure adequate resources for positive school climate in the Long Beach Unified School District through effective implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula.