The City of Yonkers has accepted President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) Community Challenge. Led by Mayor Mike Spano, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, in collaboration with Dr. Jim Bostic of the Nepperhan Community Center and Yonkers Thrives, the city is implementing a cradle-to-college and career mentoring program for young men of color in Yonkers.
My Brother’s Keeper initiative addresses persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through this initiative, the City of Yonkers joins with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations across the country that 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.
Goals of an “MBK Community” are to ensure that:
- children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally prepared
- children read at grade level by third grade
- young people graduate from high school
- young people complete post‐secondary education or training
- youth out of school are employed
- young people are safe from violent crime and receiving the second chances they deserve
For more information visit www.mbkchallenge.org