Email from President Obama: “I see myself in these young people”
November 18, 2018 10:23 PM
President Obama sent a message to the Obama Foundation email list about the fifteen communities selected as part of a national competition among MBK Communities that are making steady progress to substantially improve the lives of boys and young men of color. If you’d like to get updates like this and the latest news from the Obama Foundation and MBK Alliance, you can sign up for our email list here.
Like most kids growing up, I faced obstacles. And like most kids, I sometimes made mistakes.
But I was lucky. I was surrounded by people who cared about me. And my remarkable single mother always gave me a second chance.
The truth is, there are too many of our boys and young men of color who are facing steep barriers and don’t get those second chances we all need. That’s why the work of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is so crucial and why it’s a cause I’ll be devoted to for the rest of my life.
That’s also why, in April of this year, the Obama Foundation launched a new national competition among MBK Communities that are making steady progress to substantially improve the lives of boys and young men of color.
Today, I’m proud to announce that—after scouring the country—we’ve identified fifteen communities that have what it takes to show our nation the way forward.
From Albuquerque, New Mexico to Chicago, Illinois to Loiza, Puerto Rico, these communities are providing counseling and therapy; conducting street outreach with gang members; helping young men grow skills and find careers; and, above all, showing concrete evidence that they are transforming lives.
And we’re going to give all of you a chance to meet them.
Today, as we prepare for our second Obama Foundation Summit in a few short days, I’m proud to announce another event we can all look forward to.
Next February, we’ll host MBK Rising!, a gathering of community leaders, partners, and young people.
At MBK Rising!, we’ll bring together MBK Communities, young people, and cross-sector leaders from across the nation to mark progress, share what’s working, highlight innovations, and discuss challenges.
Want to join us? If you’re a young man of color, or an adult who’s doing exceptional work for young men of color, I invite you to learn how you could be a part of this.