Today, President Obama announced the creation of the “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative aimed at finding ways in which businesses and civic leaders can support young black men and men of color on a successful course through life. A task force which will recommend programs that should be expanded or created to help young black men and a group of ten foundations–including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation–were on hand to announce their support and to pledge to invest at least $200 million over the course of the next five years in programs for young black men.
The increased spotlight and resources that the launch of My Brother’s Keeper brings to programs that support young men of color is particularly welcome in the human services community where similar work has been on going. A White House Press release praised the host o fhuman services organizations that support young black men, alongside parents and government programs.
The press release said, “We can learn from communities that are partnering with local businesses and foundations to connect these boys and young men to mentoring, support networks, and skills they need to find a good job or go to college.”