The Brothers, Sons, Selves (BSS) Coalition works to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color by organizing and advocating for positive alternatives to punitive school discipline and reducing criminalization in Los Angeles County and the State of California. Under the auspices of InnerCity Struggle, Brothers, Sons, Selves operates with a distributed leadership model to advance a unified policy and advocacy platform and steward the implementation of past wins, while advancing the Coalition’s long-term objectives.
Since 1994, InnerCity Struggle has worked to build a powerful and an influential movement of youth and families on the Eastside of Los Angeles to promote safe, healthy and non-violent communities. Through youth and parent organizing, InnerCity Struggle has become a significant force in the landscape of the Eastside of Los Angeles and is one of the three anchor organizations of the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition along with Community Coalition in South Los Angeles and Khmer Girls in Action in Long Beach.
Additional Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition members include: Brotherhood Crusade, East LA YMCA, Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSAN), Labor/Community Strategy Center, Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI), and Youth Justice Coalition (YJC). Collectively, the Coalition serves 35,000 youth across Los Angeles County.
BSS Core Values
Youth Empowerment & Leadership - BSS is youth centered, and dedicated to empowering and educating youth to be agents of change and leaders within the movement
Intersectionality - BSS is committed to empowering male identifying youth to realize that their lives, issues, and oppressions are interconnected and necessary for collective liberation.
Restorative Practices - BSS is committed to learning and implementing restorative practices that support young people in building relationships between each other, as well as strengthening social connections within communities, rather than reinforcing systems of punishment and oppression.
Movement Building - Building partnerships to create strategic alignment around a core vision, shared values, and common goals for all those working in the sector of youth development from schools to social service agencies.
Equity & Inclusion - BSS is committed to creating a welcoming environment for boys of color, queer & trans youth, and youth with disabilities in a way that nurtures them to be critical thinkers that contribute to advancing the mission of BSS.
The Brothers, Sons, Selves (BSS) Coalition works to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color by organizing and advocating for positive alternatives to punitive school discipline and reducing criminalization in Los Angeles County…