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MBK Rising! is a convening that brought together in Oakland 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. Keep reading to see highlights and learn more about the event and the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

Speakers include:

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Stephen Curry, wearing a dark blue zip up jacket, smiles toward the camera.
Edgar Villanueva, a man with a light-medium skin tone, beard, and low cut straight black hair wearing a white and blue checkered collared shirt, smiles toward the camera.
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President Obama

Stephen Curry

John Legend

Michael B. Jordan

Ryan Coogler

Sybrina Fulton

Edgar Villanueva

See the full list of speakers >>>

Watch Highlights

We livestreamed every main stage session at MBK Rising! From President Obama and Steph Curry, to Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, take a moment to watch the powerful conversations over the course of the event.  See more highlights. Opens in a new tab

A Town Hall with President Obama

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President Obama joined us 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. For more updates from MBK Alliance, click the button below to sign up for our email list.

Get to Know the Community Competition Winners

In addition to community partners, young people, practitioners, and more, we welcomed MBK Communities who were selected as part of the Community Competition we launched last year.

Meet the Video Competition Winners

We opened an application for 10 young people doing exceptional work for young men of color to join us at MBK Rising! You can learn more about the winners here.

Updates from MBK Rising!

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Stephen Curry, John Legend to Join President Obama at My Brother’s Keeper Alliance’s First National Gathering in Oakland Read the press release +

Michael B. Jordan, Victor Cruz, Ryan Coogler, Ledisi, Sybrina Fulton, and Rep. Lucy McBath to join MBK Rising! in Oakland Read the press release +

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About MBK Rising!

MBK Rising! is a convening that will bring together in Oakland 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.

Programming will include:

Celebrating the Movement and Strengthening 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.

Lifting Up What Works

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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.

Showcasing Leaders and Amplifying Young Voices

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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.