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
New Report: Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage, and High-Return Opportunities for Change
A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers explores the barriers that disadvantaged youth face, particularly young men of color, and quantifies the enormous costs this poses to the U.S. economy. In particular, this report focuses on the significant disparities in education, exposure to the criminal justice system, and employment that persist between young men of color and other Americans.
The report outlines why it's important for our nation — from business, faith, and civic leaders, to local law enforcement — to invest in the lives of our nation’s young people. In launching the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, the President and his entire Administration are doing just that.
Expanding Opportunity Works
The President discusses My Brother's Keeper and the importance of expanding opportunity, at an event hosted by the MBK Alliance, an independent nonprofit organization. Watch here:
My Brother's Keeper Celebrates Its First Anniversary
My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge
In September 2014, President Obama issued a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes across the country to become “MBK Communities.” This challenge represents a call to action for all members of our communities, and mayors in particular, as they often sit at the intersection of many of the vital forces and structural components needed to enact sustainable change through policy, programs, and partnerships.
The MBK Community Challenge encourages communities (cities, rural municipalities, and tribal nations) to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born. Nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives across 43 states and the District of Columbia have accepted the MBK Community Challenge.
The six goals of the Challenge are:
- Ensuring all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready
- Ensuring all children read at grade level by 3rd grade
- Ensuring all youth graduate from high school
- Ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education or training
- Ensuring all youth out of school are employed
- Ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime
Community leaders can lay the groundwork for an MBK Community in four steps:
- Accept the President’s Challenge
- Convene a “Local Action Summit” to build an MBK Community
- Conduct a policy review and form recommendations for action
- Launch a plan of action, next steps and a timetable for review
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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.
- Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn
- Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade
- Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career
- Completing Postsecondary Education or Training
- Successfully Entering the Workforce
- Keeping Kids on Track and Giving Them Second Chances
All children should have a healthy start and enter school ready – cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally.
All children should be reading at grade level by age 8 – the age at which reading to learn becomes essential.
All youth should receive a quality high school education and graduate with the skills and tools needed to advance to postsecondary education or training.
Every American should have the option to attend postsecondary education and receive the education and training needed for the quality jobs of today and tomorrow.
Anyone who wants a job should be able to get a job that allows them to support themselves and their families.
All youth and young adults should be safe from violent crime; and individuals who are confined should receive the education, training, and treatment they need for a second chance.
February 27, 2015: President Obama Hosts a Lunch with My Brother's Keeper Mentees
On the first anniversary of the My Brother's Keeper initiative, President Barack Obama greets Gerard Contee during a mentee lunch in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
February 12, 2015: My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge National Convening
At the Convening, representatives from communities across the country that accepted the Community Challenge, along with experts from the private and public sectors, discussed how we can make real progress to expand opportunity for all of our youth.
Watch the opening remarks below, and get more details about the event here.
- Read the Presidential Memorandum establishing the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force
- Read the MBK Task Force 90-Day Progress Report
- Read the MBK Task Force One-Year Progress Report
- Read the fact sheet on new commitments in support of the My Brother's Keeper Initiative
- Read the My Brother’s Keeper Blueprint for Action fact sheet
- Read the fact sheet on the My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge
- Explore datasets on critical life indicators
- Read a resource guide to help employers take action on My Brother's Keeper
Recent Blog Posts
- July 14, 2015: Restoring Hope and Closing Opportunity Gaps
- June 19, 2015: President Obama to Young Men of Color: "You Matter. You Count."
- June 15, 2015: President Obama Celebrates White House Mentees
- May 4, 2015: Expanding Opportunity Works
- March 6, 2015: My Brother's Keeper: A Year of Progress
- February 27, 2015: My Brother's Keeper: A Year Later
- February 26, 2015: Giving Every Young Person a Path to Reach Their Potential
- February 11, 2015: The White House to Host My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge National Convening
- February 9, 2015: The Promise We Make: My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and Expanding Access to Career Pathways for Youth
- September 30, 2014: President Obama Announces the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge
- July 21, 2014: President Obama at My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall: “America Will Succeed If We Are Investing in Our Young People”
- June 13, 2014: Celebrating Fatherhood and Encouraging Mentorship with “My Brother's Keeper”