In February 2014, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. The initiative seeks to organize and capitalize on the commitment of community leaders in order to reach that goal.
The MBK Communities Challenge encourages communities (cities, rural municipalities, and tribal communities) to implement a coherent “cradle – to ‐ college ‐ and ‐ career strategy” for improving the life outcomes of all young people, including boys and young men of color.
The City of Harrisburg has accepted the challenge and chose to implement several strategies to achieve success among our youth.
o Individuals involved with the Interest Chapter of Harrisburg’s 100 Black Men will be involved with mentees during business, community and school sessions (http://www.100blackmen.org/chairman.aspx). The motto of- “What They See Is What They’ll Be!” will be a recurring call to action during all sessions.
o My Brother’s Keeper Strategies around 21st Century Policing/ Federal SMART on Crime Recommendations will be highlighted to address accountability, and safety within our communities. Harrisburg has been engaged with the Pa Commission on Crime and Delinquency- DMC Subcommittee to head up a regional approach to addressing DMC through a user friendly curriculum (curriculum drafts are currently being reviewed).
Regional Participants thus far: DMC State Committee Chair Daniel Elby, District Attorney Marsico, Pa Commission on Crime and Delinquency ReEntry Coordinator Charla Plaines & surrounding area Police Departments: Harrisburg, Lower Paxton, Middletown, Susquehanna, Swatara,
o Pennsylvania Diversity Coalition ( http://thepadc.org/) discuss the importance of early education interventions and collaborative efforts highlighting career pathways and economic development as ways to overcome the hardships of poverty. The Mission of the PADC is to ensure resources are challenged equitably to positively impact historically and socially disadvantaged/ hard to place Minorities in efforts to become self-sufficient through education, economic development, contracting, transportation, professional services and other business opportunities.