My Brother's Keeper

“That’s what ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is all about. Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.”
- President Barack Obama, February 27, 2014

Read President Obama's remarks on the My Brother's Keeper initiative.

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“We need to give every child – no matter what they look like, where they live – the chance to reach their full potential.”
President Obama

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About My Brother's Keeper

President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.

My Brother’s Keeper is focused on six milestones:

  • Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn

  • All children should have a healthy start and enter school ready – cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally.

  • Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade

  • All children should be reading at grade level by age 8 – the age at which reading to learn becomes essential.

  • Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career

  • Every American child should have the option to attend postsecondary education and receive the education and training needed for quality jobs of today and tomorrow.

  • Successfully Entering the Workforce

  • Anyone who wants a job should be able to get a job that allows them to support themselves and their families.

  • Keeping Kids on Track and Giving Them Second Chances

  • All children should be safe from violent crime; and individuals who are confined should receive the education, training and treatment they need for a second chance.

    Learn more about the My Brother's Keeper initiative.