A movement to increase college attainment for young men of color.
Young men of color are underrepresented in higher education.
The 1300 Campaign is a community-led and systems change initiative that seeks to permanently transform the historical systematic barriers that have limited opportunities for young men of color. The 1300 campaign works with local, regional, and statewide partners to develop, advance, and establish the deep-rooted change necessary to send 1300 additional young men of color to each region’s University of California and California State University by 2025 and 2026 respectively.
Behind the Name.
You may ask the question, why 1300? The 1300 Campaign is a play on the 13th Amendment. Notably, the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution bans slavery except in cases of incarceration, which created the foundation for the-school-to- prison pipeline that exists today. As a result of institutionalized racism, oppression, and racial inequities that stemmed from the adoption of the 13th Amendment, young men of color face historically-perpetuated mass incarceration pipelines, poor health outcomes, miseducation, and limited opportunities. Consequently, boys and men of color are underrepresented in post-secondary education and overrepresented in the criminal justice system. While tremendous efforts have worked toward addressing this challenge, many with significant impact, there remains more to be done. The 1300 Campaign is focused on addressing these systemic inequities and dismantling the barriers that limit young men of color from achieving their full academic potential.