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Mayor Hancock Announces 2017 Class of the MBK25

DENVER –  Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Office of Children’s Affairs recently announced the 2017 class of the MBK25 as part of the city’s local work on the national My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. The 25 individuals were honored during a luncheon on September 30 at Park Hill Golf Course in Denver. In addition to honoring the second class of the MBK25, Mayor Hancock and Dr. Robert Simmons III, Vice President of Innovation and Strategy for the New York-based Campaign for Black Male Achievement, engaged in an on-stage discussion about the current state of boys and young men of color.

“These fantastic individuals are on the ground having a real impact in the effort to empower the lives of boys and young men of color across our city, and we cannot put into words the gratitude we have for them stepping up to make a difference,” Mayor Hancock said. “These are unheralded folks who are about the work, not the limelight, so it’s a huge pleasure for me when we can showcase them and the important work they are doing.”

Recognizing individuals as an MBK25 honoree is under the larger My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in Denver, and is a list of the area’s most exciting, innovative, creative and passionate community leaders supporting the work and the vision of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Nominations were received from the general public and then trimmed down to the final list of 25 by a panel of city staff and program advisors. 

“The effort to positively change the arc of success for boys and young men of color in Denver continues to be an important one,” said Erin Brown, Executive Director of the Office of Children’s Affairs. “However, we understand that city government cannot take it on alone, so it is our absolute pleasure to showcase these 25 individuals from organizations that have locked arms with us to take on this important work.”

View the MBK25 Class of 2017 and learn more about their work and the neighborhoods they serve.

About Denver’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
The White House announced the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative in February 2014. Through this national initiative, the City and County of Denver shares the vision of the MBK Alliance, which is to make the American Dream available to all boys and young men of color by eliminating gaps in their opportunities and outcomes. The Office of Children’s Affairs is working collaboratively with youth, community members, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, businesses and other government agencies to identify barriers that keep boys and young men of color from achieving success. Together, we are designing comprehensive strategies to create opportunities to change their paths, so ALL youth can reach their full potential. Learn more at denvergov.org/mybrotherskeeper.

About the Office of Children’s Affairs
The Office of Children’s Affairs supports Denver agencies, the community and its service providers in achieving three major goals, which are to ensure that all children and youth have their basic needs met, are ready for kindergarten and have the opportunity to succeed academically and professionally. Learn more at denvergov.org/childrensaffairs.