Obama Launches “My Brother’s Keeper”


On February 27, 2014, President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper, a White House initiative focused on young men of color. This public-private partnership takes a “collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to build ladders of opportunity and unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color.” Watch the My Brother’s Keeper announcement or read the transcript.

Below are news articles and responses from foundations following the announcement.

News and Opinions

The White House Blog, July 21, 2014
President Obama at My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall: “America Will Succeed If We Are Investing in Our Young People”

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, July 8, 2014
Obama’s Plan to Aid Black Men and Boys Will Be a Boon to Other Groups, Too

The Washington Post, June 18, 2014
1,000 Women of Color Want Women and Girls Included in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

Huffington Post, June 3, 2014
Remove Systemic Barriers So Boys and Young Men of Color Can Succeed

Leading Educational Research Centers Respond to White House Report on Boys and Young Men of Color, June 3, 2014

The Hill, June 2, 2014
Minority Serving Institutions: The Keeper in My Brother’s Keeper

The Washington Post, May 31, 2014
Prominent Black Men Ask Obama: What About Black Women and Girls?

The Washington Post, May 30, 2014
Magic Johnson to Help Lead Effort for Black and Hispanic Young Men

Huffington Post, May 30, 2014
White House Provides Leadership on Challenges Confronting Males of Color

Statement from 11 Leading Philanthropies in Response to White House Report on Young Men of Color, May 30, 2014

My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Report to the President, May 30, 2014

NewsOne, May 30, 2014
My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Release 90-Day Task Force Report

msnbc, May 30, 2014
Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Takes Crucial Next Step

African American Policy Forum, May 28, 2014
Letter of 200 Concerned Black Men Calling for the Inclusion of Women and Girls in “My Brothers Keeper”

New York Times, March 13, 2014
Room for Debate: The Assumptions Behind Obama’s Initiative

blackvoicenews.com, March 13, 2014
Black Male Initiative Must Address Structural Racism

Huffington Post, March 13, 2014
The Mentoring Effect: How the President’s Brother’s Keeper Initiative Taps This Critical Asset

The Washington Post, March 10, 2014
My Sister’s Keeper: Why Obama’s Initiative for Young Men Is Also Good for Young Women

Vera Institute of Justice, March 6, 2014
My Brother’s Keeper – Are Good Programs Enough?‎

Colorlines, March 5, 2014
Four Ways to Go Beyond “My Brother’s Keeper”

ABC News, March 5, 2014
‘This Week’: Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

The Daily Beast, March 2, 2014
Cory Booker Insists That Helping Young Men of Color Helps the Whole Country

USA Today, March 2, 2014
Tavis Smiley: Address Hardship Facing Boys of Color

AprilDRyan.com, February 28, 2014
The Rally Cry for Young Men of Color

The Root, February 27, 2014
How Obama Plans to ‘Keep’ His ‘Brothers’

PBS NewsHour, February 27, 2014
How Should the U.S. Improve Opportunity for Young Men of Color?

New York Times, February 27, 2014
Obama Starts Initiative for Young Black Men, Noting His Own Experience

Huffington Post, Valerie Jarrett, February 27, 2014
My Brother’s Keeper: A New White House Initiative to Empower Boys and Young Men of Color

White House Fact Sheet, February 27, 2014
Opportunity for All: President Obama Launches My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to Build Ladders of Opportunity For Boys and Young Men of Color

Christian Science Monitor, February 27, 2014
‘My Brother’s Keeper’: Obama Confronts Obstacles Facing Young Men of Color

Yahoo News, February 26, 2014
Obama Embraces a Lifelong Cause: Helping Minority Boys Succeed

The Washington Post, February 11, 2014
President Obama to launch major new effort to help young minority men

Foundations Respond to My Brother’s Keeper

Statement from 11 Leading Philanthropies in Response to White House Report on Young Men of Color

Executives’ Alliance
Statement From the Executives’ Alliance on the New White House Initiative, My Brother’s Keeper

Association of Black Foundation Executives, Susan Taylor Batten
Black Men and Boys: Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize

Atlantic Philanthropies
Atlantic Joins the White House and Leading Foundations to Expand Opportunities for Young Men of Color

California Endowment, Dr. Robert K. Ross
The Promising Prospects of My Brother’s Keeper

California Endowment
The California Endowment Teams Up with White House to Expand Opportunity for Young Men of Color

Kapor Center for Social Impact, Cedric Brown
Inside the White House: My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

Knight Foundation
Ten Leading Foundations Join Forces to Expand Opportunity for Young Men of Color

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Aaron Dorfman
Foundation Leaders and President Obama Get It Right With ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

Open Society Foundations, Ken Zimmerman
A New Milestone for America’s Young Men of Color

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Maisha Simmons
Coming to the Rescue of Young Men of Color

Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Emmett Carson
Mission of My Brother’s Keeper Resonates in Silicon Valley, Too

Skillman Foundation, Tonya Allen
National Attention, Local Efforts Strengthen Hope for Boys of Color

Skillman Foundation, Tonya Allen (with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan)
Young African American Men Are Not Only Part of Detroit’s Turnaround, They Are the Key to It

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Applauds President Obama’s Young Men of Color Initiative

W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Gail Christopher
A Push to Support Boys and Young Men of Color

What Can You Do?

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