Announcing MBK Rising!

MBK Rising! is a convening that will bring together the growing network of MBK Communities, elected officials, cross-sector leaders, and young men of color and the organizations working hard to help them achieve their dreams.

MBK Rising! is scheduled from February 18-20, 2019 in Oakland, CA, and will take place at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center.

We heard from you that it is important for us to come together

To connect with your peers in this movement

To learn and share what works to ensure boys and young men of color thrive

To build authentic relationships with each other

To celebrate successes and innovation

MBK Rising! is designed to do all that and more

MBK Rising!, is our inaugural national gathering as an initiative of the Obama Foundation. Attendance at MBK Rising! is by invitation only.

President Obama will join this incredible community to celebrate the progress we have made together, highlight what’s working to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, and lift up the young voices in the room.

The gathering will take place February 18-20, 2019 in Oakland, CA, marking the fifth anniversary of President Obama launching My Brother’s Keeper.

Celebrate the movement & strengthen bonds

Celebrate the progress and impact of MBK Communities and aligned organizations and local governments working for boys and young men of color.

Connect youth and practitioners to one another, to resources, and to information about what works.

Create a forum to connect, learn new skills, share knowledge and ignite new partnerships.

Lift up what works

Increase understanding about effective solutions for reducing youth violence, mentoring, and collective impact that leads to better outcomes for boys and young men of color.

Highlight the winners of the MBK Community Challenge Competition and other best in class initiatives, organizations and coalitions.

Encourage adoption, replication, and scaling of promising and proven approaches.

Showcase leaders and amplify young voices

Provide boys and young men of color with a forum to drive the agenda, demonstrate their power and strength, and share both the challenges they face and solutions they believe can work.

Celebrate, showcase, and learn from local and national leaders at the forefront of transformational organizations that are reducing barriers, expanding opportunity, and creating lasting, systemic change for our boys and young men.

MBK Rising! is scheduled from February 18-20, 2019 in Oakland, CA, and will take place at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center.  We will kick-off our time together with a Day of Service and Community Dinner on Monday, February 18th and then will spend two full days together, Tuesday and Wednesday, for a mix of mainstage sessions, breakout sessions, and evening events.

Here is a high-level schedule:
Monday, February 18: Day of Service 12 – 4pm PT, Community Dinner 6-9pm PT
Tuesday, February 19: Event Day 1 ALL DAY
Wednesday, February 20: Event Day 2 ending at 5pm PT

You can join us!

Are you a young man of color or an adult who’s doing exceptional work for young men of color? You can apply for a spot to join us at MBK Rising!

Apply here