The NPC conference was just one of the events during the
first-ever Boys and Men of Color Week in Milwaukee.
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By Molly Willms, NPC Guest Blogger
Throughout her career, Joyce Mallory has worked with and for boys and men of color.
So it’s only natural that the former school board member and current organizational development consultant – to name just a few of the hats she’s worn – served as co-coordinator of the Nonprofit Center’s Building Opportunity for Boys and Men of Color conference on October 30.
Mallory’s position at NPC generally puts her in a more indirect role when it comes to working with boys and men of color.
“My role at the Nonprofit Center is helping nonprofits strengthen their capacity to be more effective,” Mallory said. “For example, when I do a big development training for one of our member organizations, specifically a community development block grant-funded agency, that is building their capacity to better serve boys and men of color because the majority of those organizations do serve boys and men of color.”
Mallory was organization development consultant with NPC from 2003 to 2007, before leaving to be the executive director of the Malaika Early Learning Center. She returned to the NPC staff in 2013.
Many of the children she served at Malaika were African American boys, whose fathers she worked with to strengthen their families.
“I had the opportunity to interact with dads on a daily basis,” Mallory said. “We had activities that specifically engaged the fathers of the children, because a lot of the fathers were not custodial, and we wanted to make sure that they felt welcome and could participate in the early education and development of their child.”
In her 10-year stint on the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, she spearheaded a task force to address the lagging achievement of African American boys.
It’s clear Mallory has done a lot – but she says her work is not yet finished.
“We can and must do better by boys and men of color,” Mallory said. This is the long-term goal of the collaborative work that will follow the Boys and Men of Color Week events.
“Structural disparities continue to exist in Milwaukee,” she said, “and part of this whole effort is to have a thoughtful discussion and come up with a coordinated effort to say, ‘We can begin to dismantle those barriers that limit opportunity and, at the same time, support, encourage and nurture the potential and promise of boys and men.’”
“I see this, and the Nonprofit Center sees this, as just the beginning. Now that the first Boys and Men of Color Week is over, the hard work starts,” Mallory said.
Her goal is to create and strengthen pathways to opportunity for boys and men of color, she said, and make sure they know these pathways are accessible.
If that goal is achieved, everyone wins, Mallory said, quoting the conference motto: “When boys and men of color succeed, Milwaukee succeeds.”
The Pathfinder: Joyce Mallory, Building Opportunity for Boys and Men of Color Conference Co-Coordinator