Dakar Foundation was the beneficiary of an informal chat with Charles Fields, Regional Program Manager The California Endowment (CE) about the meaning of their transformative policies for sustainable change for health in education.

Our conversation with mr. Fields focused on Dakar learning about the CE health initiatives and would could be applicable for our partnership with the Compton Unified School District (CUSD).

We first became aware of CE through a series of events that CE had funded, and provided grants to: “I AM Angel, “My Brothers Keepers Kick-off LA”, and the BET “My Brothers Keepers Forum.  The consistent thread was Dr. Robert K.Ross, who’s insight for innovation in mental health intervention inside of “inner city schools” was most memorable.

In our conversation with mr. Fields, we discovered that our existing My Brothers Keepers campaign seems to be a natural fit for the Sons and Brothers Program that focuses on Los Angeles.

With leadership from Dr. Ross, and Mr. Fields Dakar believe CE  can provide an extra layer of services to take our CUSD partnership to another level.


00009The Dakar MAKERS Academy spent Saturday, June 28th afternoon in the Concourse Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center listening ,capturing and blogging about the musings of  the BET GeniusTalk series featuring African American Male Influencers such as: Bill Withers, Will Packer, Van Jones, MC Hammer, Pastor Toure Roberts, Jim Shelton, Robert Ross and interviewers, Hill Harper, Kevin Frazier and Boris Kodjoe.

Hill Harper/ Bill Withers

Boris Kodjoe/ Will Packer