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My Brother's Keeper
Two years have passed since the President signed a Presidential Memorandum in establishing the My Brother's Keeper MBK Task Force the Task Force , a coordinated Federal effort to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. This report tracks progress achieved in the past year on efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of young people.
MBK continues to inspire a movement of citizens, community leaders, policy makers, corporate executives, and elected officials who are acting with intention to ensure that all youth know they matter and have every opportunity to achieve their dreams. The Task Force and leaders across the country remain hard at work to drive progress and ambition on behalf of our youth during the third year of this collective effort.
This national convening will bring together over participants representing more than 30 cities, including many communities that have accepted the MBK C o mmunity Challenge.
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Participants include youth and young adults, public and private organizations, key national and local government officials, and other critical stakeholders. The participating cities will share effective and promising multi-dimensional approaches to addressing violence that include prevention, intervention, enforcement, and reentry. These strategies also emphasize cross-jurisdictional engagements among the justice, public health, education, housing, business, and other sectors. The Summit will be live-streamed and then followed up with webinars that highlight issues of particular significance.
At full scale, when operating in grades K across districts, the model aims to reach over one million students within the next years.
The initiative also includes a national Ad Council Campaign, which was announced in February. The campaign, which is currently being rolled out, will be featured on bill boards, bus kiosks, and social media nationwide to alert parents about the devastating impact of missing just 2 days a month of school. In just over 3 months, the first group of 10 MBK Success Mentor cities have provided mentors to over 7, chronically absent 6th and 9th graders to drive success.
This program stems from an evidence-based model that has been implemented in NYC and elsewhere. The next phase of this campaign will expand to College Success Mentors — where students who qualify for federal work study will be paid to support chronically absent high school students in high need communities near their colleges. Department of Health and Human Services is releasing a new report that highlights nine states and local communities around the country that are taking important steps to address expulsion and suspension in early learning settings.
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Their actions range from passing new legislation to restricting expulsions and suspensions in state preschool programs and revising regulations to improve the social-emotional and behavioral supports children in child care programs receive, to investing in expanding coaching programs - such as early childhood mental health consultation- that build teacher capacity in supporting children's development and prevent expulsions.
In December of , the U. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education released the first federal policy statement on expulsion and suspension , which issued a series of recommendations to prevent and ultimately eliminate expulsion and suspension from early learning settings. Laura and John Arnold Foundation LJAF Evidence-Based Grants: LJAF is launching a competition to encourage state and local agencies to implement social programs that have been rigorously shown to produce important positive impacts on the lives of young people of color and other at-risk individuals.
RISE for Boys and Men of Color : RISE is awarding grants to nine scholars for field scans to understand the key interventions and policies that improve life outcomes for boys and men of color. Scholars will review literature in education, health, juvenile and criminal justice, human services, economic opportunity and workforce development to identify interventions that have been found, or show great promise, to expand opportunity for African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Latino boys and men.
Kellogg Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Marguerite Casey Foundation. Bloomberg Associates has helped Mayors in a dozen cities with a range of technical assistance support to develop local strategies to tackle barriers facing young men.