President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential. In 2015 the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) was launched, inspired by My Brother’s Keeper, to scale and sustain this mission. In late 2017, MBK Alliance became an initiative of the Obama Foundation. Within the Obama Foundation, MBK Alliance focuses on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity.


In April, MBK Alliance launched a new national competition to accelerate impact for boys and young men of color and part of this work will be working hand in hand with communities on mentorship programs.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce the winning Impact and Seed communities, as well as MBK Communities to Watch.

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“Ensuring that our young people can go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them is the single most important task that we have as a nation. It is the single most important thing we can do for our country’s future.”

President Barack Obama,
My Brother’s Keeper Summit, December 14, 2016