MBKMy Brother’s Keeper is a Presidential initiative aimed at helping more young people thrive in school and transition successfully to work, with an emphasis on better collaboration among service providers, educators, government, and the broader community.

For several months, a group of local civic leaders — with Council Member Jared Rice, NRHS Principal Reggie Richardson, Youth Bureau Director Kelly Johnson, and community organizer David Peters at the forefront — have been meeting to consider New Rochelle’s participation in this effort.  Earlier today, with their encouragement and on behalf of our city, I was very pleased to accept the President’s challenge.

The next step is a local action summit that will occur in June, during which key stakeholders will assess needs, evaluate opportunities, and assemble working groups.  Then, within 120 days, we should receive specific recommendations that could form the basis of a plan of action later this year.

The program’s specific goals are:

•  Ensuring all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready;
•  Ensuring all children read at grade level by 3rd grade;
•  Ensuring all youth graduate from high school;
•  Ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education or training;
•  Ensuring all youth out of school are employed; and
•  Ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime.

Through My Brother’s Keeper, I hope that New Rochelle can come closer to achieving these vital objectives . . . because a healthy community can’t afford to waste anyone’s talents, and all young people deserve a real chance to achieve their potential.

There’s more information about the national program on the White House website and more detail about our local initiative in this press release.