My Brother’s Keeper
The “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative will bring government agencies, foundations and companies together to test a range of strategies to support young men to keep them in school and out of the criminal justice system.
My Brother’s Keeper strives to make sure that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential.
Participants will include youth groups like the Chicago-based group called “Becoming a Man“, Michael Rubinger, chief executive of the Local Initiatives Support Corp.; scholars such as Robert Putnam, a Harvard University professor; business leaders such as Thomas Donohue, the chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the former basketball star and businessman; cabinet officials Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez , General Colin Powell, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Adam Silver, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, and many more leaders from key national and regional philanthropic foundations and major businesses, all of whom understand what is at stake with this effort. When we let this many boys and young men fall behind – we are crippling our ability to reach our full potential as a nation.
- 7/26/12 Executive Order — White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
- 2/6/14 White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
- 2/27/14 Presidential Memorandum — Creating and Expanding Ladders of Opportunity for Boys and Young Men of Color
- 2/27/14 Fact Sheet: My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
- 2/27/14 FACT SHEET & REPORT: Opportunity for All: My Brother’s Keeper Blueprint for Action
- 2/27/14 FACT SHEET: The White House Launches the “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge”
- 3/5/15 My Brother’s Keeper Task Force: One-Year Progress Report to the President
- 5/4/15 My Brother’s Keeper Alliance – an independent non-profit led by a private-sector entity that helps to expand opportunity for youth, strengthen the American workforce, and fortify the economic stability of communities across America.
- 5/4/15 President Obama delivers remarks on the new My Brother’s Keeper Alliance
- 4/22/16 FACT SHEET: My Brother’s Keeper – Two Years of Expanding Opportunity & Creating Pathways for Success
- 6/8/16 FACT SHEET: New Cities Join My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentors Initiative to Combat Chronic Student Absences and Drive School and Life Success
- 12/9/16 WHITE HOUSE REPORT: The Continuing Need To Rethink Discipline
- 12/14/16 FACT SHEET: At National Summit White House Announces New Support of My Brother’s Keeper
Learn more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper
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