My Brother’s Keeper

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Recently, the White House launched the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to empower boys and young men of color.

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This new Obama administration initiative is intended to address the systemic challenges and barriers faced by young men of color in schools, communities, and in the criminal justice system.

In response to this new Obama Administration initiative, some have argued that the opportunity gap faced by boys and young men of color will not be closed by a set of programs and initiatives that benefit some individuals but do not have a larger scale, collective impact.

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In his article on My Bother’s Keeper Warren Simmons,executive director of Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform, stated that “…..We must first acknowledge the historical nature of the problem [ i.e. opportunity gap] and its damaging, cumulative impact. Then, we must reinvest in communities and urge the people who live there to define what that reinvestment looks like. The solution is not technical. It’s not about data. It is about fundamental change at the social, political and cultural levels…..”

For a further information on this new initiative, please visit the following website:  http://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/02/my-brothers-keeper-a-new-white-house-initiative-to-empower-boys-and-young-men-of-color/

Source(s): US Dept. of Education

“What Will It Take To Close The Opportunity Gap”, Cognosenti, Warren Simmons, August 22, 2014.

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