Project Description

MBK –  My Brother’s Keeper

MBK – My Brother’s Keeper

President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people realize their full potential. OCPS Superintendent, Dr. Barbara Jenkins, in conjunction with other members of the Council of Great City Schools, has accepted the challenge to support targeted students with the mentorship needed to become college and career ready.

Volunteers for Community Impact (VCI) needs your help in building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity. We are focused on recruiting volunteers, community stakeholders, and other supporters to assist us in improving the lives of boys and young men of color. MBK’s work is rooted in six key life milestones that research shows are especially predictive of later success, and where interventions can have the greatest impact.

  1. Getting a healthy start and entering school ready to learn
  2. Reading at grade level by third-grade
  3. Graduating from high school, ready for college, or a career
  4. Completing post-secondary education or career training programs
  5. Successfully entering the workforce
  6. Keeping kids on track and giving them second chances

We are especially interested in recruiting adult men (aged 18 and above) of color, who can serve as a positive role model and mentor a boy or young man of color. Research shows that the collective work of community leaders, members, and public and private agencies pursuing the same goals for boys and young men of color can lead to sustainable, place-based change. If you are an adult man of color, please consider volunteering your time to help us mentor boys to achieve academic success and graduate high school ready to pursue a college education or a career training program.  To volunteer click the link below.

VOLUNTEER FORM

Sign-up for a one-on-one meeting with the MBK Coordinator, Grace.

MY BROTHER’S KEEPER TEAM

Grace Dearden
Grace DeardenMy Brother's Keeper Program Coordinator
(407) 298-4180

This program is funded in whole or in part by grants from the Citizens’ Commission on Children.