My Brother's Keeper Detroit

supporting boys and young men of color so that they connect to and thrive in Detroit's new economy 

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In February 2014, President Barack Obama challenged the nations' cities to sign onto his initiative to provide greater opportunities for young men of color. Since then, more than 100 leaders from Detroit's civic, corporate and philanthropic communities have committed to the President's call.

My Brother's Keeper Detroit set forth on five ambitious goals to ensure Detroit youth are included in the revival of our city:   
  • All boys of color enter school cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally ready
  1. Increase the number of eligible boys of color enrolled in high-quality early childhood programs
  2. Increase neighborhood-based parent and family engagement in early literacy development 
  3. Remove health-related barriers to learning 
  • All boys of color are present, participating, and progressing in school
  1. Reduce suspensions and expulsions of boys of color and eliminate chronic absenteeism
  2. Foster cultural and community competence among teachers and school administrators
  3. Reduce violent crime committed by and on young people so that young people feel safe in their neighborhoods and getting to and from school
  4. Strengthen and scale mentorship opportunities and high-quality youth development opportunities for young boys of color 
  • All young men of color are prepared for career success 
  1. Increase career exposure and workplace experiences 
  2. Establish and strengthen higher education and career pathways 
  3. Ensure that young men of color have the knowledge and confidence to manage, protect and grow their assets
  • All men of color are present, participating, and progressing in the new economy
  1. Ensure that Black and Hispanic men are increasingly employed in high-growth industries, encouraging corporations to advance inclusive talent strategies
  2. Accelerate the growth of businesses owned by Black and Hispanic males
  • All boys and men of color are supported in a community that is rapidly building capacity. 
  1. Create positive community narrative around young men of color
  2. Create an informed network that enables city government and community stakeholders to use best practices around the My Brother's Keeper Detroit initiative
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