In 2014, President Barack Obama’s administration launched the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, a national network of diverse stakeholders working to address disparities confronting boys and young men of color. In 2015, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance was established to scale and sustain this mission.
MBK Baltimore, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success, has spent the last year working with local stakeholders to discover and address the effects of poverty, school discipline, graduation, employment and crime on life outcomes for Baltimore's boys and young men of color.
MBK Baltimore builds awareness and the capacity to address disparities in life outcomes for boys and young men in Baltimore City.
Empower boys and young men of color as the primary facilitators of solutions that create direct change in the very
communities and systems where they face inequity.
Reform policies and practices within city systems that perpetuate inequities for boys and young men of color by organizing and supporting collaboration among diverse stakeholders.
Analyze and provide insight as to how resources and funding may be
allocated to provide greater chances for Baltimore’s boys and young men of color to thrive.
Create a central repository of relevant data regarding the success of Baltimore's boys and young men of color, and establish a standard for research that acknowledges communities of color as qualified experts of their own needs and solutions.
About MBK Baltimore
In 2015, the late U.S Congressman Elijah E. Cummings led Baltimore's response to President Barack Obama's call to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color, thus establishing MBK Baltimore as part of the MBK Alliance. In 2017, MBK Baltimore established a local advisory board comprised of individuals from city and state government, non-profits, academic institutions, youth advocates and youth representatives.
Today, MBK Baltimore is positioned to bring alignment across many initiatives throughout the city and empower boys and men of color as facilitators of positive change within communities and systems.
MBK Baltimore is powered by the Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success and staffed by the Center for African American Male Engagement.
All the Latest Updates
MBK Baltimore, in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Children & Family Success, host You Matter: A Virtual Conversation Series Between Boys and Men of Color.
On September 10th, Dr. Durryle Brooks of Love and Justice Consulting will host a conversation with Josh Odam of Healing While Black, Sean Smith of Humanist Perspectives Consulting, and Baltimore rap legend DDm, about Intersectionality: Race, Gender, and Sexuality.
Register now to join our August 20th conversation, as we work together to improve life outcomes for Baltimore's boys and young men of color!
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