Supporting boys and young men of color so that they connect to and thrive in Detroit’s new economy.

My Brother’s Keeper is a nationwide initiative that launched in 2014 when President Obama asked communities across the country to take up the charge of closing opportunity gaps for boys and men of color. The Skillman Foundation, City of Detroit, and hundreds of local leaders came together to form MBK Detroit, setting five goals to ensure boys and young men of color were prepared for and connected to opportunity in Detroit.

learn about our five goals below
GOAL ONE: All boys of color enter school cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally ready
  1. Increase the number of eligible boys of color enrolled in high-quality early childhood programs
  2. Increase neighborhood-based parent and family engagement in early literacy development
  3. Remove health-related barriers to learning
GOAL TWO: All boys of color are present, participating, and progressing in school
  1. Reduce suspensions and expulsions of boys of color and eliminate chronic absenteeism
  2. Foster cultural and community competence among teachers and school administrators
  3. Reduce violent crime committed by and on young people so that young people feel safe in their neighborhoods and getting to and from school
  4. Strengthen and scale mentorship opportunities and high-quality youth development opportunities for young boys of color
GOAL THREE: All young men of color are prepared for career success
  1. Increase career exposure and workplace experiences
  2. Establish and strengthen higher education and career pathways
  3. Ensure that young men of color have the knowledge and confidence to manage, protect and grow their assets
GOAL FOUR: All men of color are present, participating, and progressing in the new economy
  1. That Black and Hispanic men are increasingly employed in high-growth industries, encouraging corporations to advance inclusive talent strategies
  2. Accelerate the growth of businesses owned by Black and Hispanic males
GOAL FIVE: All boys and men of color are supported in a community that is rapidly building capacity
  1. Create positive community narrative around young men of color
  2. Create an informed network that enables city government and community stakeholders to use best practices around the My Brother’s Keeper Detroit initiative
My Brother's Keeper Action Report
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