The City of Yonkers accepted President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) Community Challenge on September 21, 2016. Mayor Mike Spano appointed Co-Chairs Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools, and Rev. Dr. Jim Bostic, Executive Director, Nepperhan Community Center to lead the cradle-to-college and career mentoring program for young men of color in Yonkers.
Yonkers MBK addresses persistent opportunity gaps faced by Yonkers’ boys and young men of color and seeks to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. As part of the MBK movement, the City of Yonkers joins 250 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 needed to find a good job, go to college and enjoy successful lives.
Yonkers MBK's Milestones to Success:
- Ensure all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready
- Ensure all children read at grade level by third grade
- Ensure all youth graduate from high school
- Ensure all youth complete post‐secondary education or training
- Ensure all youth out of school are employed
- Ensure all youth are safe from violent crime and have a second chance
Would You Like to
Connect with one of Yonkers’ promising young men of color?
Gain a sense of personal fulfillment?
Further your own character development?
Shape Yonkers’ future?
Each One – Reach One is the mentoring arm of Yonkers MBK, a movement dedicated to closing the opportunity gap for boys and young men of color.
Each One – Reach One is committed to ensuring students become productive members of their families, schools and communities as evidenced by their transition to post-high school endeavors.
What We Do
- Connect young men of color with mentors to guide them through social, emotional, cultural and academic development
- Recruit, interview, screen and train mentors on how best to support mentees
- Pair adult community members and organizations with young men of color in grades 9 through 12 who attend Yonkers schools
- Arrange two-hour sessions for mentors and students, twice a month at designated locations
What We Ask
For this one-to-one site-based mentoring program, we ask for a minimum commitment of one year.
Why Mentors Matter – Benefits to Students
- Strengthened Self-esteem and Self- awareness
- Trusting Relationships with Positive Role Models
- Improved Educational Outcomes
- Decreased Absenteeism
- Reduced Disciplinary Interventions
- Improved Communication Skills
- Enhanced Appreciation of Many Cultures
For more information, visit www.YonkersPublicSchools.org/MBK
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