• In 2014, former President Barack Obama established the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Task Force at the federal level. The Task Force was an interagency effort focused on closing and eliminating the opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color so that all young people have the chance to reach their full potential.

    With the adoption of the 2016–2017 New York State Budget, New York became the first state to accept the President’s challenge and enacted into law the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The budget included a $20 million investment in support of the initiative to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color.


“We have your backs… we will raise healthy children and educate them to the fullness of their ability to function and be productive citizens in our society.” “Now it’s an opportunity…in closing the achievement gap, not K through 12, but pregnancy through profession.”

Mayor Eric Adams

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