A few minutes ago, following months of collaborative discussion and hard work, New Rochelle’s “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) steering committee released its Action Plan – a set of goals and initiatives aimed at expanding opportunities for young people in our community, especially young men of color, who – statistically speaking – face steep hurdles in education and the workplace.
New Rochelle accepted the MBK challenge earlier this year, joining dozens of other cities around the country in responding to President Obama’s call for comprehensive action to lift up at-risk youth.
I am very grateful for the scores of public and private agencies, not-for-profit organizations, parents, students, educators, advocates, and civic leaders, who devoted time, energy, and wisdom to producing the Action Plan, especially the Co-Chairs, Council Member Jared Rice and NRHS Principal Reggie Richardson.
Now comes the harder work of extending this broad partnership, so that we can move from developing plans to acting upon them. Success will benefit every resident of New Rochelle, while upholding the core principles of a just, equitable, and dynamic city and society.