About Us

Few would argue that there is a myriad of persistent challenges that both plague and find expression in the lives of African American boys and men in Baton Rouge. These challenges are manifest in health status, educational attainment, employment and income disparities, contact with the criminal justice system and life expectancy to name just a few.

MetroMorphosis has developed a coalition, the Urban Congress on African American Males in Baton Rouge, to understand the extent to which these challenges impact the quality of life for Black boys and men and then leverage the communities to transform their lives, their families, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Despite the glaring statistics, we choose not to begin with a deficit viewpoint. Rather, we approach this work with the intent to build upon what is present. Urban Congress seeks to shift our community’s mindset concerning African-American males; to recognize and celebrate the ways in which they contribute to our city; to acknowledge the systemic nature of the problems they face; to amplify their collective aspirations and to identify the tools they need to overcome the obstacles in realizing these aspirations. We envision the work of Urban Congress will require 7 to 10 years.

Mission- To establish long term, systemic progress towards enriching the state of African American males in Baton Rouge.

Vision- A Baton Rouge where African-American males are valued by the community as integral assets and are productive, connected, healthy, and safe

Our 7 Goals

Delegates of the Urban Congress have worked collectively to develop 7 key goals to accomplish our mission. See each goal below and please consider joining a work group to contribute to this important work.

1. Build upon existing African-American male leadership skills by focusing on parenting/family, mentoring, and community service.
2. Broaden access to and utilization of quality primary health, mental wellness and addiction recovery services for African-American males.
3. Expand the number of African-American boys entering kindergarten who are ready to learn and who are able to advance annually at or above their grade level.
4. Grow the high school and college graduation rates of African-American males.
5. Cultivate generational wealth by expanding business ownership and financial literacy as well as access to capital and business/career development opportunities among African-American males.
6. Enhance access to and acquisition of workforce-engagement credentials for African-American males who lack a university degree.
7. Cultivate decarceration while advancing opportunities for successful reentry and restoration of full citizenship for African-American males.

info@theurbancongress.com

4163 North Boulevard

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

225.663.2198