"My Brother’s Keeper is all about
[helping] more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support
they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what
works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.”
- President Barack Obama, February 2, 2015
Six Community MilestonesOn February 27, 2014, President Barack Obama launched the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. The initiative is a community challenge with six important milestones with the goal of addressing the opportunity gaps faced by young people of color.
The My Brother’s Keeper initiative encourages candid dialogues around the country and a greater sense of responsibility among community leaders and young people themselves to put all youth in a position to thrive, regardless of their race, gender, or socioeconomic status.
The Obama Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.
1. Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn. All children should have a healthy start and enter school ready – cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally.