In advance of the President’s trip to Greensboro for the student forum hosted by ESPN, The White House, in coordination with Bloomberg Associates, hosted a summit on My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) in North Carolina to highlight progress and provide technical assistance to bolster local efforts. The summit took place at United Way of Greater Greensboro.
The MBK Community Challenge encourages communities (cities, rural municipalities, and tribal nations) to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy.
The goal is to improve the life outcomes of all young people to ensure they can reach their full potential. Nearly 250 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have accepted the MBK Community Challenge. www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper
Ten communities in North Carolina have accepted the MBK Community Challenge since September 2014. This summit convened North Carolina’s MBK Communities, including heads of local government, MBK leadership from the federal government, national nonprofits and local youth, to discuss strategies and resources for success in their MBK initiatives.
Locally, United Way of Greater Greensboro is creating new partnerships for a community-wide plan with city, county, education, nonprofit and concerned citizens to drive positive outcomes for men and young boys of color.
The resulting action plans will focus on mentoring and summer youth employment to start. Michelle Gethers-Clark, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro, says, “When a child is exposed to positive and new experiences their aspirations change. And an employed young person learns the expectations of life first hand.”
Mentors and 2017 summer jobs are needed. Contact United Way of Greater Greensboro to get connected.
The initiative aims to bring together government, law enforcement, business, nonprofit, philanthropic, faith, and community leaders around shared goals for young people. MBK seeks to establish strategies that ensure all:
- Children enter school cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally prepared
- Children read at grade level by third grade
- Young people graduate from high school
- Young people complete post-secondary education or training
- Youth out of school are employed
- Young people are safe from violent crime.