“I have always believed that the single most important task we have as a nation is to make sure our young people can go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them. It is the single most important thing we can do for our country’s future. And we’ve got to do it together.”
Our vision is to make this a reality for all of our nation’s boys and young men of color, each and every one of whom is critical to our collective success. By realizing this vision, we are creating a brighter, more promising future, not just for our boys and young men of color, but for our country.
MBK Alliance leads a cross-sector national call to action focused on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity.
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.
Our country's persistent social inequities are widespread, rooted in structural and institutional racism, and prevent our boys and young men of color from reaching their full potential.
Poverty: Black, American Indian, and Hispanic children are between six and nine times more likely than white children to live in areas of concentrated poverty.
Discipline: African-American students represent 16 percent of the public school student population, but make up 42 percent of those suspended more than once, and 34 percent of students expelled.
Graduation: High school graduation rates for black and Hispanic students are 16 and 12 percentage points lower than white students, respectively. Many districts see 50% graduation rates or worse for boys of color.
Employment: A black baby boy born 25 years ago has a 1 in 2 chance of being employed today.
Crime: While only 6% of the overall population, Black males account for nearly half of all murder victims.
Improving life prospects and outcomes for young people, including young men of color, is the right thing to do for our economy.
Closing the Education Gap: If we closed the gap in educational attainment between working-age (25-64) men of color and non-Hispanic white men of the same age, the share of working-aged men of color who have a bachelor’s degree or above would double and the total U.S. GDP would increase by 1.8 percent ($350 billion).
Closing the Labor Force Gap: If we closed the gap in labor force participation between 16-to-54 year-old men of color and non-Hispanic white men of the same age, total U.S. GDP would increase by 2 percent.
in developing and executing rigorous action plans focused on near-term impact and systemic solutions to the most pressing challenges facing boys and young men of color.
Build a national movement
of citizens and institutions committed to effective and urgent action to build safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color.
Identify and promote
effective programs, policies, and people that have a tangible, measurable, positive impact on life outcomes for boys and young men of color.
The Obama Foundation established the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Advisory Council to support this signature initiative, recognizing the importance of ensuring that MBK Alliance is provided with a strong set of field leadership to provide advice and counsel to Foundation leadership and staff. The MBK Alliance Advisory Council is comprised of members reflecting a broad range of experiences and backgrounds, and a strong, proven commitment to boys and young men of color.
President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Executive Director, American Indian Graduate Center
Senior of Counsel, Covington and Burling; Former Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary; Chair
Founder and President, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
TONI COOK BUSH
Executive Vice President and Global Head of Government Affairs, News Corp
Managing Partner, Emerson Collective, Chicago CRED; Former U.S. Secretary of Education
Senior Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Impact Prudential Financial, Inc. and Chair and President, The Prudential Foundation
CEO, Plank Industries
Former CEO, Aspen Institute
Chairman and CEO, Libra Group
Founder and President, The Raben Group
Chairman and CEO, Ariel Investments
Partner, Valor Equity Partners
Advisor, Chan Zuckerberg Education
General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, Uber
Policy, Government Relations and Citizenship, Deloitte LLP
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