Race And Beyond: Moving Forward With ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

Career College Central summary:

  • Earlier this year, President Barack Obama launched the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, a public-private effort aimed at improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color. At a White House news conference in February, President Obama noted the tremendous progress the nation has made toward removing the obstacles that have stood in the way of progress for generations of racial and ethnic minorities.
  • Yet President Obama also said that much more work is needed to close the remaining gaps. Last Friday, President Obama spelled out what he has in mind, releasing a 60-page report that offers a broad outline of what the administration believes can and should be done. Prepared by a presidential task force, the report lists six focus areas that aim to provide interventions at key points in a young person’s life:

    • 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
    • Entering the workforce
    • Reducing violence and giving kids a second chance
  • The initiative isn’t a massive federal program. Rather, it’s a White House-led effort to encourage a broad array of public, private, and philanthropic leaders to get off the sidelines and become involved in breaking barriers to success for those who need it most. At the heart of the task force’s first step is a call for citizen involvement as mentors for young black and Latino boys.

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