“We need to give every child, no matter what they look like, where they live, the chance to reach their full potential. Because if we do – if we help these wonderful young men become better husbands and fathers, and well-educated, hardworking, good citizens – then not only will they contribute to the growth and prosperity of this country, but they will pass on those lessons on to their children, on to their grandchildren, will start a different cycle. And this country will be richer and stronger for it – for generations to come.”
– President Barack Obama, February 27, 2014
The President has announced a new initiative, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) to build ladders of opportunity for all, including boys and young men of color.
Did You Know?
Only 7% of America’s public school teachers are Hispanic, 2% are Hispanic males.
27% of Blacks and Latinos enroll in an Advanced Placement class and just 18% receive a passing score.
By the 4th grade, many Black and Latino students are nearly 3 years behind their white counterparts.
Hispanic young men are more than 6 times as likely to be murder victims then white peers.
- 82% of Hispanic boys read below proficiency levels by the fourth grade.
To advance the goals of My Brother’s Keeper, the Initiative is focusing on identifying and increasing impact in key areas, including: early learning and school readiness, parenting and family engagement, third grade literacy, educational opportunity and college access, school discipline, postsecondary affordability and completion, diversity in the teaching profession, interactions with the criminal justice system, ladders to jobs and economic opportunity, and healthy families and communities.
Key MBK Activities
April 23, 2014: Webinar on Improving Outcomes for Hispanic Males. Access the webinar slides, audio and transcript here.
January 10, 2014: The Initiative convened a roundtable at The White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building to discuss the status, challenges, and opportunities for increasing educational attainment and other life outcomes for young Hispanic males. The 25 participants included academics, researchers, practitioners, and philanthropy representatives, as well as a number of young Hispanic men.
White House Resources
- White House My Brother’s Keeper Web Page
- Fact Sheet: President Obama Launches My Brother’s Keeper Initiative [PDF, 263KB]
- Presidential Memorandum: Creating and Expanding Ladders of Opportunity for Boys and Young Men of Color [PDF, 16KB]
- Remarks by the President on My Brother’s Keeper Initiative [PDF, 194KB] YouTube Video