MBK Village Student Feature:
On February 27, 2014, President Barack Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. The goal of the program is to expand opportunities for boys and young men of color. President Obama set the goal of creating “cradle to career” strategies designed to help boys and young men achieve important milestones.
Entering School Ready to Learn:
All school-aged children should have a healthy start and enter school cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally prepared to learn.
Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade:
All children should be reading at grade level by age 8, the age at which reading is solidified as a truly essential, foundational component of ongoing learning.
Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career:
All young adults should have the option to attend postsecondary education equipped with skills for continued success and a second chance.
Completing Post-Secondary Education or Training:
All young adults should receive the education and training needed for quality jobs of today and tomorrow.
Successfully Entering the Workforce:
All individuals who want a job should be able to secure and sustain employment that allows them to support themselves and their families.
Reducing Violence and Providing a Second Chance:
All children should be safe from violent crime. Individuals who are confined should receive the education, training, and treatment they need for a second chance.
INCREASED LIKELIHOOD OF A YOUNG MAN OF COLOR ENROLLING IN COLLEGE WHEN HE HAS A MENTOR
Year in which the majority of young candidates will be young men of color
Communities that have answered President Obama’s call to increase access to opportunity for boys and young men of color in the United States
Become A Partner
We’re looking for organized, impactful, and dedicated nonprofit, public, and/or private organizations to join our MBK Village. If your program serves boys and young men of color in Columbus and/or Central Ohio, we’d love to hear from you.
Every Village Needs Leaders
If you’re interested in joining the MBK Village by volunteering for or mentoring boys and young men of color, we’d love to hear from you. No matter what your skill set, background, or location, you’re sure to find an opportunity that fits your interest and availability.
One Neighborhood at a Time
Through their efforts, Neighborhood Ambassadors are part of a network of entrepreneurial volunteers that develop and implement social solutions that are specific to common challenges throughout Columbus’ neighborhoods. Through their efforts, Ambassadors contribute valuable local leadership and place-based perspectives that inform the way we design, deliver, and prioritize neighborhood solutions.