Our Approach

MBK Alliance works to unleash the power of communities working together to solve problems for boys and young men of color, at a level to improve real life outcomes. We believe communities are the unit of change to realize improved life outcomes for boys and young men of color. Research shows that collective work of community leaders, members, and public and private agencies pursuing the same goals for boys and young men of color can lead to sustainable, place-based change.

We believe that cross-sector collaborative action is central to how communities will achieve improved outcomes for boys and young men of color.

Local leaders champion efforts across departments to shift policies and improve outcomes for boys and young men of color.

Nonprofits are healthy and increasing scale of high-quality service offerings directed towards boys and young men of color from cradle to career.

Corporations commit resources to support boys and young men of color and create targeted hiring and retention strategies

Philanthropy commits sustained financial resources to support boys and young men of color.

Residents (e.g., YOUTH) are engaged and commit time and their voices to shape priorities and initiatives

The Six Milestones

MBK’s work is rooted in six key life milestones that research shows are especially predictive of later success, and where interventions can have the greatest impact.

Although the factors that influence success at each stage are complex and interdependent, by focusing on these milestones, doing what works and removing or avoiding roadblocks that hinder progress, we can provide young people the opportunity and the tools to get ahead.


Milestone 1: Entering School Ready to Learn

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Milestone 2: Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade

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Milestone 3: Graduate from High School

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Milestone 4: Complete Postsecondary Education or Training

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Milestone 5: All Youth Out of School are Employed

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Milestone 6: All Youth Remain Safe from Violent Crime

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How We Do It


Accelerate Impact in Exemplary Communities

In 2018, 19 organizations across 10 states and Puerto Rico were chosen as national models to expand evidence-based initiatives to reduce youth violence, grow effective mentorship programs, and measurably improve the lives of boys and young men of color. The MBK Alliance team is working with these Impact and Seed communities to support the development of long-term strategic plans that chart life outcomes changes for boys and young men of color across the six milestones.

Strengthen the MBK Network and Promote What Works

MBK Alliance is working with partners to offer tools, resources, and convening opportunities designed to support the growing network of nearly 250 MBK Communities that accepted the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. Our goal is to bolster the network of MBK Communities and all those that share our mission while promoting action, strengthening interventions, and spotlighting and spreading practices and policies that work.


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