“Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works, when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.”
That’s how President Obama explained the My Brother’s Keeper initiative a year ago when it first launched. And in the 12 months since, we’ve seen a tremendous response from people and organizations at all levels that are answering the President’s call to action.
President Obama established My Brother’s Keeper, or MBK, to help close the opportunity gaps faced by too many young people across our country, and by boys and young men of color in particular. At the initiative’s launch, he called for government, businesses, nonprofits, local education agencies, and individuals to step up and do their part to ensure all of our nation’s youth have the tools they need to succeed.
We’re celebrated MBK’s first anniversary with a day focused on the young people and communities at the heart of this program. First, we’re sharing a very special StoryCorps interview between President Obama and Noah McQueen, a D.C.-area high school student and one of our White House mentees. In the interview that aired on the morning of March 2 on NPR, the President and Noah talked candidly with each other about overcoming tough circumstances, rebounding from setbacks, and what it takes to have a successful future.
Source: Administration for Children and Families