Mr. Humphrey is the second addition to the OpportunINDY staff team as the Focus Area Manager. Tyrone helps oversee the successful implementation of the strategies identified in the plan of action.
OpportunINDY works in four areas — education, employment, justice and health
Our work is completed in teams.
- There are four focus area teams. Each team is supported by two Leads, appointed by the executive director. Leads are respected in their field as neutral conveners, negotiators, solution-finders and task-completers. To learn more about the role of Leads and a current list, click here.
- Each team works on three to seven (3-7) action-filled strategies.
- Each strategy is led by a Chair, appointed by the two focus area Leads.
- Together and supported by the executive director, these Leads and Chairs invite a broad, diverse and skilled group of Partners to work on these strategies. Some Partners work on one strategy, some on several. A few work in more than one focus area! Cross-pollination is good for the overall goal. Dozens of Partners work in each focus area.
Two additional teams support on-the-ground strategies and actions of each focus area team.
- The Communication Team connects with each focus area team, the advisory team and staff to craft public messages across multiple platforms and for Partners. This is important with so many Partners on board. The team also develops balanced stories for the media, shedding light on what’s working here in Indy and introducing a regular feed to the Indianapolis community of positive images of young, local Black men.
- The Advocacy Team connects with the same three. Some of the most egregious disparities in each of OpportunINDY’s four focus areas can be mitigated through policy change – institutional, local, state and federal. But, many Partners can’t directly advocate for policy change or don’t have the capacity. The Advocacy Team advocates specific to and only around focus area actions. It coordinates advocacy actions between teams. It shares tools with Partners and educates them on roles they can play, internal policies that can change, based on their own mission or limitations. It may organize larger two-way conversations with policymakers.
OpportunINDY teams are unique:
- Every Partner signs an agreement. The relationship is formal (although not binding.) To learn more about Partner expectations, click here.
- Each team has an expert. Every team (including Communications and Advocacy) is assigned a field expert, someone who knows the national landscape, stays on top of trending or promising practices in that area, helps the team vet new ideas based on data or evidence.
- Every team engages young men in two ways:
- Each focus area team must appoint at least two young Black men, ages 14-24, to serve as full working Partners and bring personal experience to the focus area work.
- Each Partner is required to create a formal, personal feedback loop with young Black men in the broader community specific to his or her own mission or business. Feedback is applied in-house and shared with the focus area team.