What Is HomeGrown Black Males?
HomeGrown StL partnered with the St. Louis American to help change the narratives surrounding, attached to, and weaponized against Black boys and young men. “Homegrown Black Males” series is edited by Dr.Sean Joe, Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor and associate dean at the Brown School, and Chris King, managing editor of The St. Louis American.
Reimagining St. Louis for young black males
By Sean Joe and Chris King
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Who is safe in St. Louis? Examining Why Black Male Personal Safety is Critical for A Better STL
If you weren’t able to attend our town hall earlier this year it is now on Youtube! View here to understand the current state of Black male personal safety in St. Louis and its impacts on the region, demonstrated through presentations from topic experts. This collaborative effort between HomeGrown StL, the Clark-Fox Policy Institute, and […]
Agent of deliverance, catalyst for healing by the Reverend Eric Battle
Growing up in St. Louis and in a sanctified church, I became very adept at sneaking around. I could not sow my wild oats in front of my parents who fully endorsed the message found in Proverbs 13:24: that sparing the rod creates a spoiled child. So, to spare myself from the rod, I was […]
Moving from under-served to well-deserved communities by Andra Lang Jr
In high school, I was selected to be a part of a group of individuals who were mentored by undergraduate students at Washington University in St. Louis for two semesters. This experience had a huge impact on my growth as a youth. This gave me a sense of confidence that I needed to pursue higher […]
Serving on the front lines in St. Louis by Cory Mitchell
I didn’t choose social work, but I did choose to work in the greater St. Louis community once social work chose me. Since September 2018 I have worked for BJC Behavioral Health as a senior community support specialist. Our project is called emergency room enhancement. The team I am a part of is interagency, and […]
I am my brother’s keeper by Tony Gunn Jr.
I grew up in an abusive turned single-parent household and then became a role model to my son, brother, little cousins, niece, and nephew whose fathers weren’t around. This put a lot of pressure on me. Inevitably, I built up this societal depiction of masculinity where you limit your cries, take a hit and show […]
When I started making good decisions by Howard Hughes
I spent most of my childhood growing up in John DeShields Projects in East St. Louis and the rest of my adolescent years growing up in the streets of St. Louis. In both I had my fair share of gang and gun violence, and I lost friends and family to both. I even had my fair […]