President Obama Announces Expansion of "My Brother's Keeper" (MBK) Initiative, and Welcomes New Task Force for Native American Boys and Men
On Monday, July 21, President Obama announced a number of new commitments for his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative aimed at helping boys and young men of color. These commitments include sixty of the country's largest school districts joining the initiative, and pledges of over $90 million from the private and philanthropic sectors (which come on top of over $200 million previously committed from these sectors). Among the generous commitments made: The NBA will recruit 25,000 new mentors, and partner with schools it affiliate cities. AT&T will donate $18 million in this year alone for mentoring programs. The Emerson Collective and its partners in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, will contribute $50 million, and collaborate with districts and educators to launch a competition to find and develop the best designs for next generation high schools. Read the White House Factsheet on the President's full announcement.
During a related town hall meeting—whose audience included youth from the Center for Native American Youth's Champions for Change program, the Native American Political Leadership Institute's INSPIRE Initiative, and the Navajo Nation—the President reaffirmed his commitment to Native American youth, and spoke about the importance of honoring one's heritage. In his remarks, President Obama thanked the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and their partners for committing to establish an MBK Task Force for Native American boys and men. NCAI will form the task force in partnership with the Center for Native American Youth, the Native American Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the National Indian Child Welfare Association, the National Indian Education Association, and UNITY Inc. NCAI stated in a press release that the task force will "coordinate and serve as the central point for sharing important work, opportunities, and resources for our youth."
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