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My Brother's Keeper Alliance

In 2018, the My Brother’s Keeper 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. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 were offered in two categories: Impact and Seed communities.

The winning communities, as well as MBK Communities to Watch included 19 organizations across 10 states and Puerto Rico as national models to expand evidence-based initiatives to reduce youth violence and grow effective mentorship programs.

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

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Staff and clients of the Lawndale Christian Legal Center are interviewed in Chicago, IL on Monday November 5, 2018. Photographer: Christopher Dilts / The Obama Foundation The Obama Foundation is providing these photos for personal use only. Please credit "The Obama Foundation" when posting. The photographs may not be manipulated in any way, and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by the Foundation, President Obama, or Mrs. Obama without the Foundation's prior written consent.

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National Impact Communities

The following nine communities received between $100,000 to $500,000 over two years to replicate or scale interventions in mentoring or youth violence prevention. They also received $50,000-$75,000 per year, for two years, in matching funds to backbone organizations (Opens in a new tab) for the purpose of hiring MBK Community Coordinators.

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NACA Inspired Schools Network

Albuquerque, NM

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Mass Mentoring Partnership, Inc.

Boston, MA

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Black Family Development, Inc.

Detroit, MI

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Change Happens

Houston, TX

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Liberty Hill Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

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The Center at Sierra Health Foundation

Sacramento, CA

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Puerto Rico Community Foundation

San Juan, PR

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The Mentoring Center (TMC)

Oakland, CA

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Staff and clients of the Lawndale Christian Legal Center are interviewed in Chicago, IL on Monday November 5, 2018. Photographer: Christopher Dilts / The Obama Foundation

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Staff, mentors, and mentees of BUILD Inc are interviewed in Chicago, IL on Thursday November 1, 2018. Photographer: Christopher Dilts / The Obama Foundation

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Staff, mentors, and mentees of BUILD Inc are interviewed in Chicago, IL on Thursday November 1, 2018. Photographer: Christopher Dilts / The Obama Foundation

National Seed Communities

The following communities received extensive consideration for Impact Awards and represented some of the strongest proposals in the entire country. They each received $50,000 in funding to aid in the piloting and preliminary implementation of their work. Additionally, they received 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.

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Juma Ventures

Atlanta, GA

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Orlando Community & Youth Trust Inc.

Orlando, FL

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RYSE

Richmond, CA

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Chicago Seed Grants

Each of these impressive Chicago-based community organizations received $50,000 in funding to aid in the piloting and preliminary implementation of their work. Similar to our National Seed Grant recipients, they received support from the MBK Alliance team and technical assistance partners to advise on the further development of their plans and long-term infrastructure.

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BUILD Chicago

Chicago, IL

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Lawndale Christian Legal Center

Chicago, IL

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New Life Centers of Chicagoland

Chicago, IL

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Staff and clients of the Lawndale Christian Legal Center are interviewed in Chicago, IL on Monday November 5, 2018. Photographer: Christopher Dilts / The Obama Foundation

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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.

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Help unleash the power of communities working together by giving to the Obama Foundation today.

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