We feel a deep responsibility to lift up the voices of our young men and the caring organizations and supporters who work tirelessly to help them achieve their dreams and reach their greatest potential. These are their stories.
MBK Rising! brought together the growing network of MBK Communities, cross-sector leaders, and young men of color and the organizations working hard to help them achieve their dreams
Renowned thought leader, and passionate advocate for education reform, Geoffrey Canada is interviewed by two dynamic young men of color; Senegal Mabry, Member, MBK Alliance Advisory Council and David Armah, President, Saunders Trades and Technical High School, MBK Yonkers.
Founded in 1978 to strengthen and enhance the lives of children, youth, and families, Black Family Development was named one of 10 MBK Alliance National Impact Communities last year. The work they’ve been doing for over 40 years has always centered around improving the lives of young people in Detroit—and their focus now is on improving neighborhood safety. Learn more about this community.
MBK Rising! was seven months ago, but we’re still cherishing the stories that emerged from the two-day convening. During a day of service in Oakland and San Francisco members from the growing network of MBK Communities built libraries, painted murals, read to children, and planted trees.
Now, everyone can experience the community event: My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper San Francisco recorded a podcast from their day of service—the voices of five young men of color had us riveted. Listen now>
Young men like Quamiir—leaders who are stepping up in their communities—were front and center during MBK Rising!, a national convening hosted by the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. MBK Rising! brought together young men like Quamiir, along with the organizations working hard to help them achieve their dreams. With his sights set on law school and a bright future, Quamiir took the time to reflect on his experience at MBK Rising! and on what it actually takes to involve youth in decisions about their own futures. Read more>
As we planned MBK Rising!, we turned to the Oakland-based firm 510 Media to help us bring the event to life with a unique and local brand identity. They helped us commission a local artist who could not only create an art installation that exuded the joy, optimism, and beauty of the MBK movement, but do it with Oakland flair: Joshua Mays. Learn more about the artist and his work for the event.
From his childhood in rural Mississippi to now running an organization that has helped reduce gun violence, reduce unemployment and increase graduation rates in Omaha, Willie exemplifies the purpose-driven leadership that’s at the heart of the MBK Alliance. Read more>
When Asa Singleton joined ReDirect—an MBK Houston organization focused on giving young people with juvenile records a second chance—he earned a fresh start and awakened his passion to do more to help others in his community and beyond. As an MBK Youth Ambassador, Asa wants to help other young men get the same opportunities he’s gotten through MBK—and uses boxing as a way to do it. Read more>
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