“I’m launching My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, asking every community in the country — big cities and small towns, rural counties, tribal nations — to publicly commit to implementing strategies that will ensure all young people can succeed, starting from the cradle, all the way to college and a career. It’s a challenge to local leaders to follow the evidence and use the resources on what works for our kids.”

President Obama,
CBC Gala, September 2014

About MBK Communities

President Obama has said that the most meaningful interactions — the most powerful means of change — are through the relationships with parents, teachers, faith leaders, coaches and mentors that together shape our children and allow them to thrive. The biggest areas for opportunity will come from within individual communities, but there are many ways we can together empower and better support our youth, including boys and young men of color, their families, and their communities.

Through the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, launched by President Obama in 2014, nearly 250 communities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia answered the call to action to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color.

The MBK Community Challenge called upon public and private sector leaders to convene a local action summit within 45 days of accepting the challenge, which would bring together a wide array of local stakeholders to assess the community’s needs, determine priorities, and decide how to make progress under the MBK milestones. Within six months of accepting the challenge, communities create and begin implementing a local action plan with concrete goals, data tracking, benchmarks for progress, and shared resources to support communities’ efforts. Learn more about the MBK Community Challenge.

Since MBK launched nearly four years ago, we’ve had the opportunity to travel coast to coast and witness mayors, tribal leaders, county executives, business executives, nonprofit practitioners and everyday citizens stand together, forge unlikely alliances and create exciting new pathways for our boys and young men of color and other disadvantaged youth to realize their dreams.

Our efforts are rooted in our MBK Communities. From Boston, Orlando, Chicago, Las Vegas, Memphis, Oakland and hundreds of municipalities in between, MBK Communities demonstrate what is possible when government, public and private sectors, and community leaders come together to ensure that our young people can go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them.

My Brother’s Keeper Communities (as of April 2018)

City State
Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes (Tribal) AK
Hoonah Indian Association (Tribal) AK
Anniston AL
Birmingham AL
Hobson AL
Mobile County AL
Mobile AL
Prichard AL
Little Rock AR
Wilmot AR
Mesa AZ
Phoenix AZ
Tempe AZ
Tucson AZ
Navajo Nation (Tribal) AZ, NM, UT
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (Tribal) CA
City of Riverside CA
City of Santa Barbara CA
Claremont CA
Coachella CA
Compton CA
Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians CA
Culver City CA
East Palo Alto CA
Fresno CA
Hawthorne CA
Long Beach CA
Los Angeles CA
Los Angelos County CA
Modesto CA
Oakland CA
Oxnard CA
Rialto CA
Richmond CA
Round Valley Indian Tribes (Tribal) CA
Sacramento CA
San Francisco CA
San Jose CA
Santa Ana CA
Stockton CA
West Sacramento CA
Vallejo CA
Denver CO
Bridgeport CT
Hartford CT
Masantucket CT
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (Tribal) CT
New Haven CT
Center for Native American Youth (Tribal Organization) DC
Washington DC
Wilmington DE
Dania Beach FL
Jacksonville FL
Lauderdale Lakes FL
Miami FL
Miami-Dade County FL
Orlando FL
Riviera Beach FL
Sanford FL
St. Petersburg FL
Tallahassee FL
Tampa FL
West Palm Beach County FL
Albany GA
Atlanta GA
Augusta GA
DeKalb County GA
Fulton County GA
Macon GA
Savannah GA
Kaua‘i HI
Davenport IA
Des Moines IA
Dubuque IA
Boise ID
Kootenai (Tribal) ID
Aurora IL
Chicago IL
Cook County IL
DuPage County IL
North Chicago IL
Highland Park IL
Rockford IL
Village of Phoenix IL
Elkhart IN
Fort Wayne IN
Gary IN
Goshen IN
Indianapolis IN
Nappanee IN
South Bend IN
Kansas City KS
Louisville KY
Baton Rouge LA
Caddo Parish LA
Jonesville LA
New Orleans LA
Saint Joseph LA
Shreveport LA
Boston MA
Holyoke MA
Newton MA
Springfield MA
Baltimore MD
Eagle Harbor, Prince George’s County MD
Fairmount Heights MD
Forest Heights MD
Montgomery County MD
Mount Rainier MD
Salisbury MD
Takoma Park MD
Prince George’s County MD
Portland ME
Benton Harbor MI
Buena Vista MI
Detroit MI
Flint MI
Grand Blanc Township MI
Highland Park MI
Lansing MI
Redford Township MI
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians MI
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians MI
Southfield MI
Wayne County MI
Brooklyn Park MN
Fond du Lac Band of Lake (Tribal) MN
Minneapolis MN
Ramsey County MN
St. Paul MN
Ferguson MO
Kansas City MO
Normandy MO
St Louis MO
Forrest County MS
Glendora MS
Greenville MS
Jackson MS
Okolona MS
Oktibeha County MS
Poplarville MS
Starkville MS
Yazoo City MS
Crow Nation MT
Northern Cheyenne (Tribal) MT
Charlotte NC
Creedmoor NC
Durham NC
Fayetteville NC
Greensboro NC
Hillsborough NC
Orange County NC
Salisbury NC
Spring Lake NC
Winston-Salem NC
Standing Rock Sioux (Tribal) ND, SD
Douglas County NE
Nashua NH
Atlantic City NJ
Bridgeton NJ
Camden NJ
East Orange NJ
Jersey City NJ
Newark NJ
Princeton NJ
Vineland City NJ
Albuquerque NM
Las Vegas NV
Albany NY
Buffalo NY
Hempstead NY
Ithaca NY
New Rochelle NY
New York NY
New York State Ny
Niagara Falls NY
North Hempstead NY
Rochester NY
Syracuse NY
Yonkers NY
Akron OH
Berea OH
Cincinnati OH
Cleveland OH
Columbus OH
Dayton OH
East Cleveland OH
Lorain County OH
Massillon OH
Cherokee Nation (Tribal) OK
Pawnee Nation OK
Multnomah County OR
Portland OR
Allegheny County PA
Allentown PA
Carlisle PA
Harrisburg PA
Johnstown PA
Philadelphia PA
Pittsburgh PA
San Juan PR
Providence RI
Charleston SC
Columbia SC
Denmark SC
Goose Creek SC
Holly Hill SC
Union SC
Cheyenne River Tribes (Tribal) SD
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate (Tribal) SD
Chattanooga TN
Knoxville TN
Memphis TN
Nashville TN
Austin TX
Brownsville TX
Dallas TX
Dallas County TX
Edinburg TX
Fort Worth TX
Houston TX
Laredo TX
Longview TX
Prairie View TX
San Antonio TX
Tarrant County TX
Salt Lake City UT
Salt Lake City UT
Charlottesville VA
Chesapeake VA
Portsmouth VA
Richmond VA
Lummi Nation WA
Nooksack Indian Tribe WA
Seattle WA
Suquamish Tribe WA
Swinomish Tribe (Tribal) WA
Tacoma WA
Madison WI
Milwaukee WI
Milwaukee County WI
Oak Creek WI
Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (Tribal) WI
St. Croix Chippewas of Wisconsin WI
Charles Town WV
Huntington WV
Ranson WV

Looking Ahead

In 2018, MBK Alliance will deepen our work in communities by partnering and investing in up to ten communities that are a part of the existing network. MBK Alliance is particularly interested in joining forces with MBK Communities that can serve as proof points for reducing youth violence and efforts to increase the pipeline of mentors for boys and young men of color. Stay tuned for more opportunities to engage with us in the coming months.

MBK Communities in Action

Pre-Conference Obama Foundation Summit

The Obama Foundation hosted its first Summit in Chicago October 31 through November 1. We were proud to include many representatives from MBK Communities and partner organizations to inform and be enriched by the conversation. Prior to the Summit, MBK Alliance hosted a Pre-Conference at the renowned Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men. Joined by MBK youth and leadership from around the country, the Pre-Conference included a dialogue with youth from Chicago and across the country, a panel session focused on impactful interventions in Chicago and a conversation with former US Secretary of Education and MBK Alliance Board Member Arne Duncan.

Prospero! Pitch Competition

On November 8, 2017, in partnership with MBK ABQ, the City of Albuquerque and Albuquerque Community Foundation, MBK Alliance hosted Prospero!, a first-of-its-kind grant opportunity for nonprofit organizations working in the Greater Albuquerque area. Five organizations providing educational support, job training, mentorship, job readiness and small business support for young men of color were awarded a total of $100,000 to accelerate their work. Meet the 2017 Prospero! Pitch Competition Recipients here.

MBK New York State

New York became the first state to accept President Obama’s MBK Community Challenge in 2016. Since launch, MBK NYS has been a catalyst for New York school districts, college and universities, and community groups to join forces in this critical mission. Recently, they hit a significant milestone by reaching more than 20 communities. From MBK Challenge Grants, to the innovative college preparation programs, to the investment in underrepresented individuals in teaching careers, to the family and community engagement programs, MBK NYS is having a profound impact on the lives of boys and young men of color Buffalo to Brooklyn.

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