In February 2014, President Obama announced the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to address the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Under this initiative, the President established the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, which was charged with reviewing programs and practices to determine which public and private efforts are working and how to expand them, how the federal government can better support these efforts, and how to better involve state and local officials, the private sector, and the philanthropic community.
Today, the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force released their 90 day report on their progress. Over the course of the 90 day period, the Task Force met with and heard from thousands of individuals and groups, through online and in-person listening sessions, who are currently working toward the goal of increasing pathways to success for boys and young men of color.
“This report is an important first step in expanding opportunity for boys and young men of color,” said Lawyers' Committee President and Executive Director Barbara Arnwine. “The Lawyers’ Committee looks forward to working with the Administration on implementing the recommendations outlined in the report and working towards our shared mission of ensuring equal access to opportunity for all Americans”
The Lawyers’ Committee commends President Obama and the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force for producing an impactful report which has laid a critical initial roadmap for breaking down the barriers to success for boys and young men of color. We are optimistic that President Obama and the Administration will soon address issues of racial justice and equality specific to girls and young women in the near future.