Former Knight Foundation Executive Named Aspen Fellow and takes Trailblazing Message on Race and Community to Europe

MIAMI, FL – 12/16/2015 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — Trabian Shorters, former vice president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and now founder and Chief Executive Officer of BMe Community, was named to the Spring 2016 cohort of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program and was invited to keynote and train leaders of color in Berlin, Germany this month.

The Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship is a highly selective, two-year program that engages innovative leaders in the educational excellence and equity movement, facilitates their dynamic growth, and strengthens their collective efforts to dramatically improve public schools for low-income children and communities.

“This new cohort of Pahara-Aspen Fellows inspires us with their exceptional leadership talent and their dedication to reimagining public schools,” said Kim Smith, Pahara Institute Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

Shorters, a former technology entrepreneur, leads the 35,000 member BMe Community whose message that “black men are community-builders and America is updating its narrative on race” is raising eyebrows and gaining interest nationally and internationally.

“I’m excited that our attention to reframing race and community has opened so many doors and minds,” said Shorters. “I’m looking forward to learning from my peers in the Fellowship and continuing the movement.”

This week, Shorters has taken his message to Berlin at the request of the Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe (The Helsinki Commission) where he keynotes the NILE conference focused on building sustainable collaboration among young leaders of color who are committed to justice and an inclusive society. Leaders will also receive BMe’s “Asset-Framing” training and consultation which has previously only been available to major foundations and high-level consulting firms such as the Monitor Institute with Deloitte.

The central premise of asset-framing is to identify people by their contributions rather than their costs and then to engage them in living out their aspirational identity for themselves and society.

BMe Community has funded over 140 black men based on asset-framing and they provide educational, public safety, employment, and human rights services to over 400,000 of their neighbors in Philadelphia, Miami, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Akron, OH.

Launched in 2013, BMe is backed by leading foundations including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

Shorters is 2015 New York Times bestselling co-author with Benjamin Jealous of “REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding.”

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