On May 4, Dahkota Brown, 2013 Champion for Change, participated in events surrounding the launch of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a new independent nonprofit. The launch was held at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY and included a roundtable discussion. President Obama gave remarks during the event and participated in the roundtable discussion with young men from New York and across the country, including Dahkota.
Dahkota talks about his positive efforts in a blog post here. More background on the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and new MBK Alliance is below.
In February 2014, the President launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure all youth can reach their full potential. The initiative led to many conversations among leaders across sectors about the need to create a holistic, cross sector approach to address a range of challenges particularly affecting boys and young men of color. There has been a growing sentiment among business leaders to not only engage in productive conversations, but to also significantly increase action being taken to address inequities these young people face.
Joe Echevarria heard the President’s call to action and has been leading the effort to form MBK Alliance with a group of like-minded peers. This new, independent private sector effort is an opportunity to not only elevate the conversation, but utilize strategic, evidence-based interventions from community, private, and social enterprise partners that tackle the achievement gaps from cradle to career.