Leaders unveil comprehensive plan to move community forward

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DETROIT -- Leaders from Detroit’s civic, corporate and philanthropic communities, including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit City Councilman James Tate, and Skillman Foundation President & CEO Tonya Allen, gathered today at Greater Grace Temple to unveil a plan for My Brother’s Keeper-Detroit that lays out steps for supporting boys and young men of color so that they can connect to and thrive in Detroit’s new economy.

“The first Detroit summit in December 2014 was about responding to President Obama’s call,” said Councilman Tate. “Today, we are focused on what it will take to move the community forward.”

The plan of action was developed through a series of meetings with input from community leaders and young men of color. Beginning with shovel-ready programs, many already underway, the report outlines five ambitious goals for Detroit:

  1. All boys of color enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready
  2. All boys of color are present, participating and progressing in school
  3. All young men of color are prepared for career success
  4. All men of color are present, participating and progressing in the new economy
  5. All boys and men of color are supported in a community that is rapidly building capacity

The report outlines action items and key metrics to track progress against these goals through 2020.

The Obama administration began the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in February 2014, in response to the growing disparities that young African-American and Latino men face.

My Brother’s Keeper-Detroit is led by four co-chairs: Allen, former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Mayor Duggan and Councilman Tate.

“We are working on behalf of boys and young men of color because our future depends on them,” said Allen. “We are looking for broad, inclusive community involvement in implementing these goals.”

Added Duggan: “This is a priority for my office. Detroit is on the rise, but we need more young men of color participating in the upside of Detroit’s recovery.”

For more information visit the City of Detroit’s website at www.detroitmi.gov.