More than $91 million in commitments was announced during a town hall on My Brother’s Keeper, a White House initiative to at-risk minority boys and young men.
President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum in February establishing the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, which released a report in May addressing several key issues. The interagency effort chaired by Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson will help determine public and private efforts and how to expand upon them.
The My Brother’s Keeper initiative focuses on six key milestones:
“What is it that we can do to create structures that help them that give them support, that help them make better choices. And that when you do make a mistake, give you a hand up so you can recover, and move on to the next phase of your life,” President Barack Obama said during the town hall at Walker Jones Education Camp in Washington, D.C.
My Brother’s Keeper “isn’t t some big, new government program, it’s actually a team effort. It’s all about a whole bunch of folks – educators, business leaders, faith leaders, foundations, government – all working together to give boys and young men of color the tools they need to succeed and make sure every young person can reach their potential,” he said.
A group of some 30 grant makers pledged $200 million over five years to the effort and yesterday, another nearly $100 million was announced “to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential:”
Discovery Communications will invest more than $1 million to create an original, independent special programming event to educate the public about issues related to boys and men of color and address negative public perceptions.
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