This year’s Champion of Children Report, initiated by United Way of Central Ohio, examines the lives of Boys of Color in central Ohio. Results of the study was shared at CMC’s forum on June 24 including a summary presented by United Way’s senior vice president, Dawn Tyler Lee. A panel discussion was moderated by Mo Wright, president & CEO of RAMA Consulting Group with questions directed to Jason Reece, director of research at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at OSU, LaShaun Carter, project director for Learn4Life Columbus, and René Olate, assistant professor, OSU College of Social Work.
Based on research directed by Jason Reece of OSU’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Boys of Color have greater challenges than their peers of other races. They experience greater incidence of poverty and often live in less safe neighborhoods than boys of other ethnicities. Reece explained “These young men then come into school facing many barriers that other kids in our community don’t face.”