President Obama established My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential.
Since launching, a national movement has grown resulting in nearly 250 cities, counties, and Tribal Nations accepting the MBK Community Challenge, scores of new policy initiatives being implemented and an exponential increase in aligned private sector commitments, all helping to reduce barriers and expand opportunity from cradle to career.
Today, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, along with cross-sector partners, works to accelerate impact in targeted communities, mobilize citizens and resources, and promote what works — all with the goal of encouraging mentorship, reducing youth violence, and improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color.
In the fall of 2017, MBK Alliance will cease to exist as an independent nonprofit organization, but will continue its critical mission as a core initiative of the Obama Foundation. President Obama has stated repeatedly that the mission of MBK would be part of his life’s work. This exciting transition demonstrates his continued commitment, and by joining forces better equips both organizations to meet our shared goal of an America where every child can reach their full potential no matter who they are or where they come from.
Here are some personal stories from young people who have been part of the program:
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