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Mayor Hancock Announces 2019 Class of the MBK25

Denver - Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Office of Children’s Affairs have announced the 2019 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 Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Donald Seawell Ballroom located in the Denver Center for Performing Arts. During the program, Mayor Hancock held an on-stage interview with three alumni of the MBK25 Program to explore their experiences and to solicit their thoughts about the current state of boys and young men of color.

“Denver and cities across our nation continue to be faced with challenges related to equity and changing the outcome for boys and young men of color, but we can be proud of the strides we’ve made in addressing it thanks to our MBK work,” Mayor Hancock said. “Success lives in the collaboration between government and community organizations, and it continues to be a source of great pride to highlight the work of the individuals who operate on the front lines, and who stand in the gap for this vulnerable—but very important segment of our city.”

Recognizing individuals as an MBK25 honoree is a part of the larger My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in Denver. The list is a collection of some of the area’s most exciting, innovative, 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. 

“By almost every measure, our boys and young men of color continue to face some of the most severe challenges in this country,” said Dionne Williams, Executive Director of the Office of Children’s Affairs. “That’s why our MBK work continues to be so critical, and at the heart of that work are those individuals we highlight as part of our MBK25 Network.  They are so deserving of every accolade they receive!”

Click here to view the MBK25 Class of 2019 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.