A UCLA research team led by Todd Franke, associate professor of social welfare in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, has been awarded $500,000 to evaluate the impact of the Bloom project (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men) by the California Community foundation. The goal of BLOOM is to redirect Black male youth (ages 14-18) involved with the Los Angeles County probation system toward a path that produces improved education and employment opportunities.
Franke’s team includes Jorja Leap, adjunct associate professor of social welfare, and UCLA faculty from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS) Tyrone Howard and Tina Christie. Dr. Howard also is the director of the Black Male Institute (BMI) in GSEIS and Dr.
Christie is one of the foremost evaluation experts in the country.
The five-year award will “provide both quantitative and qualitative data to support an in-depth analysis of the progress nonprofit partners maker in improving opportunities for system-involved Black male youth at the individual, community and society levels,” said Franke. The evaluation is designed to examine the impact of BLOOM’s key strategy components: community organizing (policy advocacy), re-shaping public perception (strategic messaging), career-based mentoring (direct services), and strengthening organizational capacity (capacity building).
About Todd Franke:
Trained in social work and educational psychology, Professor Franke seeks to achieve a better understanding of, and improve the responsiveness of service systems in the fields of social services, education and health...  (more)