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We believe communities are the unit of change to realize improved life outcomes for boys and young men of color. Research shows that the 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.

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.

Support the work of My Brother's Keeper Alliance

Help unleash the power of communities working together to solve problems for boys and young men of color by giving to the Obama Foundation today.

The Barack Obama Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 46-4950751).

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.

Our Six Milestones

How We Do It

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