White House Reports Tout the Progress of Obama's 'My Brother’s Keeper' Initiative Within One Year of its Launch
The White House issued a one-year progress report on Thursday highlighting the achievements of "My Brother's Keeper," President Barack Obama's signature task force initiative aimed at helping the advancement of American boys of color.
According to the report, the initiative is making significant strides toward addressing the achievement gap between white and Black and Latino boys.
Since it launched in February 2014, the program has partnered with nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders and county executives to introduce programs in 43 states and the District of Columbia. It has also secured over $300 in grants and resources through donations from groups like the NBA and AT&T.
"This report shows the progress we have made since the launch of MBK," states the report. "But to make a lasting difference, successful interventions must be taken to scale -- that is, replicated and expanded successfully across more places and settings," it reads.
Under the initiative, businesses, organizations and community groups coordinate investments to come up with or support programs that help young men of color and address the problems that they face.
The program also plans to enforce federal civil rights laws, promote job training programs, support the president's policing task force and expand broadband access in schools and libraries.
"The president has been very clear throughout his administration that we need to look at evidence-based programs and efforts that make a real difference that we identify and then scale," said Broderick Johnson, assistant to the President and chair of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force, reports BuzzFeed.
The White House also talked about partnerships with the Department of Education and the Department Justice partnership to provide high-quality education for incarcerated boys and young men. Their work helped "ensure that incarcerated youth have the full protection of existing laws and benefits," states the report.
Johnson added that the success of MBK will be measured in part by the individual triumphs of the boys enlisted in the program.