My Brother’s Keeper
The My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Challenge was launched by former President Obama in February 2014. The President called upon cities, counties, and tribal governments to make a commitment to improving outcomes for boys and young men of color. The MBK Challenge outlines six goal areas to increase education, employment, and safety. The six MBK goals are:
- 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 and receive a second chance.
To sustain and grow the efforts begun under the MBK Challenge, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance was created in 2015. The MBK Alliance partners with MBK jurisdictions across the country to address obstacles facing boys of color, provides grants to programs for disadvantaged youth and helps communities aid their populations.
L.A. County Efforts
Responding to the former President’s call for action to improve the conditions of boys and young men of color, the Board of Supervisors passed a motion on April 14, 2015, to accept the President’s MBK Challenge. The Chief Executive Officer sent a letter to the White House on April 16, 2015, to notify them that the County of Los Angeles accepted the MBK Challenge. In the letter, the County affirmed its commitment to implementing strategies aimed at ensuring that a greater number of boys and young men of color are positioned to succeed. The County also agreed to hold an Action Summit (Summit) to develop actionable recommendations to help eliminate opportunity gaps and barriers facing youth in the County.
- The County hosted the MBK Summit on September 10, 2015, at The California Endowment and over 150 stakeholders attended the day-long event
- Recommendations were developed through the Summit and were presented to the Board of Supervisors in a report on October 27, 2015
- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the recommendations on November 1, 2016
- Letter to President Obama expressing support for My Brother’s Keeper initiative on April 15, 2015
- Progress Report On Implementation Of The County’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge June 1, 2017
- Recommendations Regarding Youth Diversion Program Expansion And Funding Of Countywide Infrastructure (January 24, 2017)
Five cities and one school district have accepted the MBK Challenge and are in varying stages of developing local efforts to improve outcomes for boys and men of color. The cities and school district are located below:
L.A. County MBK Initiatives
The County of Los Angeles has embraced a set of recommendations intended to impact all six MBK Goal areas. Below is a list of strategies that the County has begun implementing. Additional strategies will be developed and identified as the MBK Initiative progresses. The County’s initial set of recommendations are noted below.
The County of Los Angeles is very interested in maintaining a creative and diverse workforce, and in assisting boys and young men with opportunities for career exploration and exposure. Below are listings of opportunities for youth interested in learning more about careers and employment opportunities in the County.