My Brother’s Keeper
“We need to give every child – no matter what they look like, where they live – the chance to reach their full potential.” – President Obama
President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.
Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.
My Brother’s Keeper is also a call to action for Americans to make a difference for young people by becoming a mentor. Research shows that the presence of a mentor in a young person’s life significantly improves their potential for success.
Get Involved, Become a Mentor
Through mentoring, you can make a difference in the life of a young person in a lot of ways, and the most important is just to be there.
Now is the time to get involved and change the life of a young person who needs your support -- it's easy to search for mentoring opportunities in your community!
My Brother's Keeper identified key milestones in the path to adulthood that are especially predictive of later success, and where interventions can have the greatest impact:
- Getting a healthy start and entering school ready to learn;
- Reading at grade level by third grade;
- Graduating from high school ready for college and career;
- Completing post-secondary education or training;
- Successfully entering the workforce;
- Keeping kids on track and giving them second chances.
By focusing on these key moments, and helping our young people avoid roadblocks that hinder progress across life stages, we can help ensure that all children and young people have the tools they need to build successful lives.
New Partnerships Support My Brother’s Keeper
On July 21, 2014, President Obama announced new public and private sector commitments to advance the goals of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Among the commitments are new AmeriCorps partnerships to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and job skills to help them reach their full potential:
- Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps: CNCS and the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention are investing up to $10 million over three years to create Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps, a new program to enroll disconnected youth in national service programs.
- U.S. Forest Service AmeriCorps Partnership: USDA and CNCS have joined in a landmark new partnership to engage more than 300 AmeriCorps members and other youth in gaining valuable career skills and experience while restoring the nation’s forests and grasslands.
- Aspire Mentoring Academy Corps: AT&T is joining with AmeriCorps and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership to launch a new program to engage AmeriCorps members in regions around the country and engage thousands of at-risk youth in mentoring activities.
- ServiceWorks: As part of a three-year project to help 25,000 low-income youth develop the skills they need to prepare for college and careers, 225 AmeriCorps members will engage youth age 16-24 in a volunteer response effort in 10 cities in this collaboration between AmeriCorps, Points of Light, and the Citi Foundation.
- Presidential Memorandum
- My Brother’s Keeper Blueprint for Action Fact Sheet
- President’s Task Force Report
- President Obama's Remarks on the My Brother's Keeper Initiative
- New AmeriCorps Partnerships to Support My Brother’s Keeper
Get Involved, Become a Mentor
- Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class.
- Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking.
- Seventy-six percent at-risk young adults who had a mentor aspire to enroll in and graduate from college versus half of at-risk young adults who had no mentor. They are also more likely to be enrolled in college.
- Mentoring reduces “depressive symptoms” and increases “social acceptance, academic attitudes and grades.”
Source: MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
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