White House officials to join Detroit philanthropic, civic and youth leaders for day of listening in response to My Brother’s Keeper initiative

DETROIT – Officials with the My Brother’s Keeper initiative will spend Monday in Detroit, where they will meet with civic leaders, listen to the public and youth discuss how young men of color are faring in the city, and explore solutions to improve outcomes.

Broderick Johnson, head of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, will join Skillman Foundation President & CEO Tonya Allen and Michigan Representative Thomas Stallworth for a morning meeting to discuss outcomes for Detroit’s young men of color. The meeting will focus on solutions to the preparation gap, ending out of school suspensions and closing the school to prison pipeline.

On Monday evening, the public is invited to attend a community listening session hosted by Allen, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, W.K. Kellogg Foundation President & CEO La June Montgomery Tabron, and Detroit Free Press Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Stephen Henderson at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The forum will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a strolling dinner hosted by the Museum to follow. The event will feature a presentation from Johnson and a panel discussion with youth leaders from the city.

Tickets to the event are free and available here: http://listening-night-my-brothers-keeper.eventbrite.com. RSVPs are required and space is limited.

Those who can't attend the event can follow along on Twitter using #MBKDetroit.

The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force is an interagency effort that will help determine what public and private efforts are working and how to expand them, how the Federal Government’s own policies and programs can better support these efforts, and how to better involve state and local officials, the private sector, and the philanthropic community. Ten foundations committed more than $200 million new investments to support the initiative in early 2014.