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Mayor Hancock Addresses 200 Denver Public Schools Students in the Black Male Achievement Program

mayor hancock speaking to a group of 200 students and their families.

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock delivered the keynote address today to 200 young African American males at Denver Public School’s (DPS) Black Male Achievement Program this morning, Nov. 27, at New Hope Baptist Church.

Mayor Hancock was joined by representatives from DPS, members of the Denver Office of Children Affairs, My Brother’s Keeper Denver honorees, representatives from Colorado colleges and community leaders to connect with this group of dynamic young men to discuss their futures, tips on success and the importance of mentorship.

“Growing up a young, Black boy in Denver, I can see myself in these kids. It’s my privilege to impart some of the nuggets of wisdom I’ve learned throughout my journey with these future leaders,” Mayor Hancock said following his keynote appearance at the program. “I applaud Denver Public Schools for working to lift up this group of young people, many of whom sometimes feel forgotten or left to fall through the cracks. DPS’ Black Male Achievement program is aligned with the values of our award-winning MBK Denver Initiative, and I applaud them for their efforts to help guide our boys and young men of color.”

mayor hancock smiling with a student participant.The Denver Office of Children Affairs continues to work collaboratively with youth, community members, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, businesses and other government agencies to identify the issues that most often keep boys and young men of color from achieving success. Together, we are designing comprehensive strategies and laying the groundwork to create opportunities, so they can reach their full potential.

Our MBK Denver Initiative is proud to be a part of the national My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative, announced by the White House in February 2014. Learn more about MBK Denver.