An update from MBKA: “Steph Curry, Newark Summit, and more”
March 30, 2018 11:54 AM
On Wednesday, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance sent the message below to the full Foundation email list. If you’d like to receive updates like these in the future, you can sign up for our email list here.
Four years ago, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum in the East Room of the White House establishing the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Since then, hundreds of communities, companies, and organizations have joined millions of citizens to expand opportunity and reduce systemic barriers that can keep our boys and young men of color from achieving their dreams. Today, this work continues as an initiative of the Obama Foundation. Watch this new video commemorating our fourth anniversary, featuring President Obama and MBK youth at our Newark Opportunity Summit.
The New York Times Upshot reported last week on a new study that analyzed economic outcomes and opportunities using data on 20 million families. The Equality of Opportunity Project found that “black children have much lower rates of upward mobility and higher rates of downward mobility than white children, leading to black-white income disparities that persist across generations.” President Obama responded to the study on Twitter, calling out the critical work ahead for My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and our partner groups and allies:
In February, MBK Alliance announced its first national competition to accelerate impact in the more than 250 cities, towns, counties, and Tribal Nations that accepted the MBK Community Challenge. The competition, which will launch later this month, will provide several winning communities with a team of experts to support planning, implementation, infrastructure development, and spotlighting progress and lessons learned, particularly relating to reducing youth violence and growing the pipeline of mentors working in impactful programs. Competition winners will also be able to access matching funds to hire a full-time local project lead and receive planning grants of up to $500,000 to help jump-start initiatives, build capacity, and attract additional resources and partners. Sign up for updates on the competition.
At the age of nineteen, Khali Raymond is the author of over 50 books and a fellow for MBK Newark. Read about his experience growing up in Newark, New Jersey, and his vision for his hometown.