Black Men Rising Black Men Rising is a group of men and women dedicated to using technology to help African American families live more productive and healthy lives.
BMR was started in Pittsburgh (PA) in 1997 by a group of men who were part of Northside Common Ministries Supportive Housing Project. This program was designed to help formerly homeless men acquire and maintain stable housing. The BMR project was designed to help reintegrate these men back into the community. All the men were residents of Pittsburgh's Northside.
BMR was aware from its inception of the need for more involvement by the African American population with the usage of information technology tools. At first we were primarily concerned with mentoring children. Our targeted areas were the California -Kirkbride, Central Northside, and Manchester neighborhoods. We chose these neighborhoods because all of our men lived in or near them and also because our research showed that there was a high incidence of single (women) parented homes.
To address these issues, we developed an outreach program that has a flag football league, African American history classes and gatherings that promote family and community unity. Over the past four years our emphasis has changed from not only serving children but also teaching computer skills to the adults of the community. We received our first computer donations from Primary Care Health Services and the University of Pittsburgh. In 1998, BMR received the JC Penny Golden Rule Award for our work.
One of the hallmarks of our program has been parental participation. We realize that the whole family must invest in the learning process so we encourage and expect children to be accompanied by their parents.This produces unique opportunities not only for the child but also for the parent
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