The Pipeline Crisis is a diverse collaborative that mobilizes private sector leadership, investments, and advocacy to create and clear pathways for young Black men to achieve social and economic equality.


First, we think “winning strategies” are proven strategies, so our policy and program initiatives must be grounded in evidence.

Second, we are not social scientists, and we will not seek to displace or duplicate work already done by experts and professionals in these fields, many of whom have joined us in our efforts.

Third, we have resisted the call to narrow our focus and search for the “silver bullet”. The problems confronting young Black men are too complex to succumb to a single solution.

Fourth, we have not chosen between a local or national focus. Our natural center of gravity is New York, and there are serious challenges here. Local solutions, however, can be applied to national problems, and national problems are often played out on the local level.