“That’s what ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is all about. Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.”

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America


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.


Harrisburg Promise


HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College; the City of Harrisburg; and the Harrisburg Housing Authority have developed a partnership – the Harrisburg Promise.

The Harrisburg Promise will create a pathway to postsecondary education for youth in Harrisburg, specifically in these areas: Hall Manor, Hillside Village, Hoverter Homes, MW Smith Homes and William Howard Day Homes. The program will support students from seventh grade through graduation from HACC, with early intervention that will reduce barriers to postsecondary education and inspire college aspirations.

To find out how you can get involved click the ‘Learn More’ button below

100 Black Men (Interest Group)

The mission of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.

The Harrisburg Interest Group of 100 Black Men of America, seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing our diverse talents to create environments where our children are motivated to achieve, and to empower our people to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve.

We are committed to the intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity.

To find out how you can get involved click please contact Karl Singleton at ksingleton@cityofhbg.com

21ST Century Policing Recommendations

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 (https://www.justice.gov/ag/attorney-generals-smart-crime-initiative).

Email Karl Singleton at ksingleton@cityofhbg.com for more details.

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