We are Black Men who
represent various professions
and life experiences in the
Portland Metro area.


General Body Meetings: Held from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Billy Webb Elks Lodge on the 1st Saturday of every month.

Coalition of Black Men

About Us

We are Black Men who represent various professions and life experiences in the Portland Metro area. We work to empower our people through advocacy, education, and community programming. Our three main objectives are:

1Fostering bonds
among Black men

2Serving the needs
of Black youth.

3Improving the quality of life & economic
development in the Black community

Our Vision

We seek to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create an environment
where our children are motivated to achieve and to empower our people to become self-sufficient
shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve.


To improve the quality of life and enhance educational opportunities for all African Americans in our communities.

Our Values

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Key Volunteer Opportunities


Support COBM in being a voice and working collaboratively in our community. We desire meaningful participation of African Americans in the local economy. You have an opportunity to help promote economic strategies that address institutional and structural barriers. Such barriers impede our ability to accumulate and transfer wealth from generation to generation.

For more information, COMING SOON


Volunteer to be a mentor or provide program support for our mentoring initiatives during the Fall & Spring (Dream Bigger) or our Summer Program (Summer Dreaming). The COBM’s mentoring program assists young African-American males and other boys develop into educated, contributing members of our community. It is designed to mold youth into leaders through responsible personal conduct, educational achievement and cultural enrichment. This is done through group coaching and community activities.

Currently, at Harriet Tubman Middle School, Ockley Green Middle School, Astor School (K-8), and Faubion (K-8)  in Portland, this community resource provides mentoring to African-American boys as well as other boys in each of these four (4) schools, once each week. Join us and make a difference in our next generation of leaders.

For more information, COMING SOON

Choose date to be a guest speaker at either location:

Astor K-8 School

Tuesdays | 1PM – 2:30PM

Ockley Green Middle School 

Tuesdays | 11:20AM- 12:30PM

Faubion K – 8 School

Wednesdays | 1:35PM- 3:15PM

Harriet Tubman Middle School

Thursdays | 3:50PM- 5:20pm

Also look out for upcoming sessions on Mentoring training and networking!

Contact Mims Rouse mrouse@cobmportland.org or John Wolfe horizoncounselingservices@yahoo.com


Help the COBM be a voice for African American students and their families as we seek to

1) create an education environment that will inspire students to reach their highest level of achievement;
2) drive the school system to evolve into an institution that values all students; and
3) provide guidance to students that will lead them to achieve a level of excellence in their education and be empowered to make a positive impact in their community.

For more information, COMING SOON


Assist us in raising awareness and providing health information to our community. We hope to inspire behavior changes that will result in a healthier lifestyle for African Americans. Volunteer at our Health & Wellness events: Blood Drive, Bike & Bite, Soul Stroll and others.

For more information, COMING SOON

Summary of Volunteer Opportunities

• Annual Calendar/Coffee Table Book – Ongoing
• Graffiti Abatement Program – TBD

• In-school mentoring – September thru June
• Annual Mentoring Conference – September

• What Black Men Think – Ongoing
• Red Cross – Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive – June
• Bite & Bike – August
• Soul Stroll Wellness Walk – August
• MLK Run – September

• Good in the Hood – June
• Mixers (e.g. First Fridays, March Madness, Super Bowl, etc.) – Ongoing
• Adult Mentoring/Career Development – TBD
• Highlight Business Opportunities – Ongoing
• Social Justice Initiatives – TBD
• Technology Summits – March
• Membership Drives – Ongoing
• Fundraising – Ongoing

• Grant Research/Writing – Ongoing
• Marketing – Ongoing


  • Jesse “Kamau” Rogers, President
  • Anthony “Tony” Jones, Secretary


  • John Wolfe, Youth Mentoring
  • Anthony “Tony” Jones, Economic Development
  • Dr. Ethan Johnson, Education Subcommittee


  • Mims Rouse, Executive Director
  • Angelo Means III, Mentoring, Program Manager
  • TBD , Mentoring, Program Coordinator 
  • Kaylon Sanders, Admin Assistant

For more information, email info@cobmpdx.org or (503) 919-6804.