In February, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to ensure that all youth, including boys and young men of color, have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success. And now, the Administration is taking this effort local, by engaging mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives who are stepping up to lead in their communities. The My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge will encourage communities (cities, counties, suburbs, rural municipalities, and tribal nations) to implement coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategies aimed at improving life outcomes for all young people.
ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
In February 2014, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. The My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge seeks to inspire community leaders, and encourage their commitment to ensuring all young people can succeed.
The My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge encourages communities to convene leaders, identify effective strategies, and work together toward achieving these goals:
Ensuring all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready;
Ensuring all children read at grade level by third grade;
Ensuring all youth graduate from high school;
Ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education or training;
Ensuring all youth out of school are employed; and
Ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime
The stakes couldn’t be higher for our young people, or our country, which is why we’re seeing such eagerness from local officials and community leaders. Already, 135 mayors, county officials, tribal leaders, Democrats, and Republicans have signed on. And we’re going to keep welcoming them aboard in the coming weeks and months. But even with leadership from the top in these communities, this must be an all-hands-on-deck effort. No child in this country should feel like they need to “beat the odds” in order to get ahead, and certainly shouldn’t feel like they are on their own as they try. Our young people deserve better than that, and as a country, we can’t afford to let so many of our children, our future workers, and our future leaders slip through the cracks.
When we work together to help all young people reach their full potential, we will be that much closer to reaching our full potential as a nation. The My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge is a call to action, and we all have a role to play.
At PAAVE, an acronym for Professional Artist Against Violence Everywhere, we are a bunch of talented and skilled techy nerds, artist, arts administrators, and entrepreneurs and are committed to contributing our collective strengths – to lend to a struggling population. As stakeholders in the President’s Challenge (MBK), we have committed ourselves to challenge the status-quo, by providing sequential human developmental aspects to our already existing youth and community programs. Since the 1980’s, we have always thought outside the box concerning our Integrative Educational Components – that have the Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship at its helm.
And so, as we prepare for our first Action Summit through (MBK) and the National Convening Council – we are continuing the trend of engaging supporters and stakeholders, build capacity and direct strategies aimed at informing the general public about the Challenge and our contributions.
Please stay tuned, as we bring up-to-date information about our scheduling in and around the District of Columbia.