“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
Since MBK’s first anniversary report a little more than one year ago, more than 50 additional communities have accepted the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, including those in seven new states, independent private sector support for grants and in-kind resources has more than doubled to more than $600 million, and more than 80% of the recommendations the MBK Task Force sent to the President two years ago are complete or on track.
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
- 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.