The MBK Alliance Impact and Seed Communities

In 2018 MBK Alliance announced the winners of its inaugural national competition to identify and invest in communities that are making steady progress to substantially improve the lives of boys and young men of color.

The winning Impact and Seed communities, as well as MBK Communities to Watch include 19 organizations across 10 states and Puerto Rico 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.

We’re dedicated to helping these dynamic communities and organizations accelerate impact, reduce barriers and build cross-sector coalitions focused on long-term success.

My Brother’s Keeper was not about me, it was not about my presidency… It’s about all of us working together. Because ensuring that our young people can go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them is the single most important task that we have as a nation.

President Obama

National Impact Communities


Change Happens

Houston, TX

Liberty Hill Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

National Seed Communities

The following communities received extensive consideration for Impact Awards and represented some of the strongest proposals in the entire country. They will each receive $50,000 in funding to aid in the piloting and preliminary implementation of their work. Additionally, they will receive support from the MBK Alliance team and technical assistance partners to advise on the further development of their plans and long-term infrastructure. Each of these organizations has a strong track record of working on behalf of boys and young men of color, and we’re excited to have them as part of our cohort.


Richmond, CA

Chicago Seed Grants

Communities to Watch

The following communities received significant consideration but we are unfortunately unable to financially support them at this time. However, each of these organizations has a strong track record of working on behalf of boys and young men of color and presented promising plans to scale or replicate evidence-based interventions. We’re delighted to highlight them below for others to learn about their tremendous work.

Tucson Urban League

Tucson, AZ

Key partners include: Amistades Inc., Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, Big Brothers Big Sisters Tucson

Live In Peace, Inc.

East Palo Alto, CA

Key partners include: Sequoia Union High School, San Mateo County Office of Probation, Gardner Center at Stanford University

My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper

San Francisco, CA

Key partners include: Black to the Future, Phoenix Project, The Pacific Islander Task Force, Roadmap to Peace

YMCA of Greater Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

Key partners include: Long Beach Boys and Girls Club, Uptown Business District of Long Beach, 100 Black Men of Long Beach

My Brother’s Keeper Denver

Denver, CO

Key partners include: The Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs, Denver Public Schools, MENTOR Colorado, the Denver Foundation, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Cities United, Bloomberg Associates and National League of Cities

Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance

Las Vegas, NV

Key partners include: The city of Las Vegas, Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services and the Clark County School District

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

Philadelphia, PA

Key partners include: MENTOR IR, Media Culture Marketing & PR (MBWE), Ebony Suns, LLC, Rising Sons/ OnesUp (MBWE),Community College of Philadelphia (CCP)

Center for Urban Families

Baltimore, MD

Key partners include: Office for African American Male Engagement, Safe Streets program, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Plank Industries; Family League, Baltimore City Public Schools, Mayor’s Office of Employment Development

After School Matters

Chicago, IL

Key partners include: Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District

Chicago Youth Programs Inc

Chicago, IL

Key partners include: MENTOR Illinois, The Center for Childhood Resilience at Lurie Children’s Hospital

Guitars Over Guns Organization

Chicago, IL

Key partners include: Young Chicago Authors, Move Me Soul, The Simple Good

iMentor Chicago

Chicago, IL

Key partners include: National Louis University, MENTOR Illinois

Sinai Health System

Chicago, IL

Key partners include: Southwest Organizing Project, Beyond the Ball, Catholic Charities, Lawndale Christian Legal Center

Storycatchers Theatre

Chicago, IL

Key partners include: Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, Legal Assistance Foundation, Austin Career Education Center

The LYTE Collective

Chicago, IL

Key partners include: Chicago Public Schools, Students in Temporary Living Situations

YMCA Of Metropolitan Chicago

Chicago, IL

Key partners include: Circuit Court of Cook County, Heartland Alliance, Enlace Chicago

Indiana Black Expo, Inc.

Indianapolis, IN

Key partners include: Edna Martin Center, Marion County Juvenile Justice department, Indianapolis Urban League

Metro United Way

Louisville, KY

Key partners include: Louisville Metro Government Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville Metro’s Youth Detention Services

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities

Saint Paul, MN

Key partners include: Minnesota Alliance with Youth, MENTOR Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools Office of Black Male Student Achievement

HomeGrown STL at Washington University

St. Louis, MO

Key partners include: Race & Opportunity Lab, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, Better Family Life, Inc.

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

Newark, NJ

Key partners include: MBK Newark, The Opportunity Youth Network, National CARES Mentoring Movement

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City

New York, NY

Key partners include: Young Men’s Initiative (YMI), NYC Opportunity, Youth Communications

United Way of Central Ohio

Columbus, OH

Key partners include: Columbus Urban League, Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus, City Year, The Ohio State University

Oasis Center

Nashville, TN

Key partners include: Metro Nashville Public Schools, Knowledge Academies

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Seattle, WA

Key partners include: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Seattle CARES, Seattle Public Schools

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Milwaukee, WI

Key partners include: The City of Milwaukee’s Black Male Achievement Advisory Committee, Milwaukee Public Schools, Mentor Greater Milwaukee, Employ Milwaukee