In 2014, President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and issued a powerful call to action to close opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color. We are proud to say that Durham County was one of the first local networks to accept the community challenge aimed at reducing barriers and expanding opportunity for boys and young men of color.
Today, MBK Durham leads a local call to action to build safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color in where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity.
Alongside our community partners we:
- Accelerate impact in targeted communities
- Mobilize citizens and resources
- Promote what works
With the goal of:
- Encouraging mentorship
- Reducing youth violence
- Improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color
We believe every young person deserves equal opportunity to achieve success, regardless of their race, gender, or socioeconomic status. MBK Durham’s vision is to make this a reality for all our boys and young men of color, each one of whom is critical to our overall success. By realizing this vision, we are creating a brighter, more promising future not just for our boys and young men of color, but meaningful statewide impact.
- Supports and promotes model projects throughout the county that are intended to provide additional layers of support for boys and young men of color that are underrepresented in higher education, employment particularly for minority males.
- Connects participants to an organization by providing relevant experiences, life enhancement programming, and community partnerships.
- Researches and supports organizations and their effective strategies to improve male student engagement, leadership, opportunities, retention, and graduation rates by supporting programs and providing programs and services and financial support.