Apply to Join

If you’re a young man of color between the ages of 18-24 or an adult who’s doing exceptional work for young men of color, you can apply for a spot to join us in California. The Obama Foundation will provide selected participants with a free conference registration, along with travel and accommodations during MBK Rising.

To apply, take these three steps…

01. Prepare Your Story

Are you doing exceptional work for young men of color or do you know someone who is? Are you a young man of color concerned about your community?

02. Create a Short Video

We don’t want a fancy produced video. Just grab a phone and record a 60-second video highlighting your story.

In your video, be sure to tell us your name, your age, where you’re from, and why your story or the work you do to help boys and young men of color should be featured at MBK Rising!

A few helpful hints for creating a great video:

  • Find a quiet location with bright natural light
  • Make sure we can see your face clearly
  • Speak loudly enough for the camera to hear you clearly
  • Shoot in best video quality possible
  • Shoot a horizontal video, rather than vertical

03. Post Your Video to Instagram

Once your video is complete, post it to your (or your organization’s) Instagram account using the hashtag #MBKRising! and tagging the @MBK_Alliance Instagram account.

We’ll be gathering a panel of your peers to review the videos and invite selected individuals to attend. Twenty individuals will be chosen and invited to join us at MBK Rising! in Oakland, CA in February 2019. All submissions must be submitted by Monday, December 17th by 12:00 midnight PST. Winners will be announced before the end of the year.

Video Submission guidelines

All entries are subject to the submission terms available here: