The 2006 Florida Legislature established the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys to study conditions negatively affecting black males in our state. The Council is housed in the Office of the Attorney General and has a 19 member board led by Dr. Eddy Regnier, APS Healthcare, Sarasota, Florida.
The Council has concentrated its efforts on developing programs and services based on sound practices that will improve the lives of black males. In 2013, the Council focused its efforts on researching strategies to help reduce high dropout rates in schools, reduce violent crime rates and reduce incarceration rates among black males.
It is the Council’s hope to bring awareness to both citizens and the leaders of Florida about socioeconomic disparities and the disproportionate number of minority children in the state’s child welfare system. The Council also hopes that this awareness will encourage community partnerships throughout the state to help local communities and grassroots organizations model effective programs and best practices that will have a positive impact on the lives of Florida’s black males.
The Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys is to research and propose measures that improves conditions affecting black men and boys.
Florida is committed to engaging, educating, equipping and encouraging all black men and boys to successfully achieve their full potential.
For information regarding the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, please contact:
Bureau of Criminal Justice Programs
PL-01, The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050