In 2014, President Obama established the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Task Force at the federal level. The Task Force was an interagency effort focused on closing and eliminating the opportunity gaps faced by boys of Hispanic/ Latino heritage and young men of color so that all young people have the chance to reach their full potential.
At the national level, My Brother’s Keeper is focused on ensuring that all children:
- Enter school ready to learn;
- Read at grade level by third grade;
- Graduate from high school ready for college and career;
- Complete postsecondary education or training;
- Successfully enter the workforce; and
- Grow up in safe communities and get a second chance if they make a mistake.
My Brother’s Keeper In NYS
New York’s MBK initiative is also committed to:
- Ensuring equitable access to high quality schools and programs;
- Expanding prevention, early warning, and intervention services;
- Using differentiated approaches based on need and culture;
- Responding to structural and institutional racism;
- Making comprehensive and coordinated support services widely available; and
- Engaging families and communities in a trusted and respectful way.