MBK Rising! Recap

MBK Rising! Recap

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

MBKA Town Hall with Geoffrey Canada

MBKA Town Hall with Geoffrey Canada

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.

On Monday, July 23rd, award-winning American hip-hop recording artist, actor, film producer, and poet—and our friend—Common, joined us for an online gathering with My Brother’s Keeper Community Leaders from across the country, interviewed by MBK Alliance Advisory Council young adult member, Malachi Hernandez. The conversation with Common begins at 6:00 into the video

Community Spotlight: Black Family Development

Community Spotlight: Black Family Development

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! PODCASTS: San Francisco Day of Service

MBK Rising! PODCASTS: San Francisco Day of Service

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>

An Interview with Lamareia Jenkins

An Interview with Lamareia Jenkins

We sat down with Lamreia Jenkins, a Youth Fellow with My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento, to find out what MBK means to him, what advice he has for community leaders and how he stays motivated. Learn more>

Mayor Sylvester Turner discusses how the city of Houston will continue to provide resources and support in the upcoming years.

Reflections on MBK Rising! from Quamiir Trice

Reflections on MBK Rising! from Quamiir Trice

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>

Faces of MBK Rising!

Faces of MBK Rising!

At MBK Rising!, we captured portraits of some inspiring attendees who are building a brighter future for boys and young men of color. Learn how they’re serving as their brother’s keeper.

his year, the MBKA team hosted an online town hall featuring members of MBKA, the Mayor of Houston, ESPN’s Michael Smith, and Mrs. Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin and co-founder of the Trayvon Martin Foundation. In this excerpt, Mrs. Fulton examines how she took the pain and sorrow from the loss of her son Trayvon Martin and helped transform it into a movement.

Celebrating Black Joy Through Art: Joshua Mays

Celebrating Black Joy Through Art: Joshua Mays

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.

Meet Willie Barney, Founder and President of the African American Empowerment Network

Meet Willie Barney, Founder and President of the African American Empowerment Network

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>

A Day in the Life: Asa Singleton

A Day in the Life: Asa Singleton

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>

On Wednesday, December 12th at 2:00 p.m. EST the MBK Online Town Hall with former Secretary of Education and MBK Alliance Advisory Council Member Arne Duncan was held. Secretary Duncan was joined by Broderick Johnson, the Chair of the MBK Alliance Advisory Council as well as representatives from Chicago CRED (Creating Real Economic Destiny). Matt DeMateo, Executive Director and Benjamin “Benny” Estrada, Director of Sports-Based Programs - Urban Life Skills, New Life Center of Chicagoland. The conversation was moderated by our talented youth leaders; Senegal Mabry, MBK New York State and MBK Alliance Advisory Council Youth member; MBK Alliance Advisory Council Youth Member Malachi Hernandez of MBK Boston; and Eric Horsley, Youth Leader and Educator at The Literacy Lab.

In this excerpt, the Executive Director of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, also named Michael Smith, shares important updates and for what the future of MBKA will look like at the October town hall.

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