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. Learn more about the My Brother's Keeper Alliance.
The Office of Children’s Affairs is working 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.
A film inspired by
Denver's My Brother's Keeper Initiative
Follow the lives of three young boys of color in Denver and realize the circumstances faced by today's youth. This film is a great learning and discussion resource for seminars and workshops intended to help boys and young men of color reach their full potential.
Request to have a full screening at your event, and we will provide you with a facilitator to help guide the conversation.
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Various agencies have partnered with the Office of Children's Affairs to establish strategies to continue moving Denver's MBK initiative forward. Download Denver's 2015 Action Plan Report, or review the summary below.
Partner Agency: Denver Public Schools
Key Strategies: Identify key indicators of culturally responsive teaching methods, revise the student perception survey and propose a culturally responsive parent observation process.
SOCIAL and EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Partner Agency: Colorado Mentoring Partnerships
Key Strategies: Develop a mentoring initiative and create an MBK awareness campaign.
JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM
Partner Agency: Office of the Independent Monitor
Key Strategies: Support the Office of the Independent Monitor’s “Bridge the Gap” program, which seeks to proactively improve relationships between youth and the law enforcement in Denver.
Partner Agency: Office of Economic Development
Key Strategies: Create a summer workforce program that employs young men from neighborhoods with the highest MBK indicators and provide coaching/mentoring on navigating the workplace successfully.
Providing a city where Denver youth are surrounded by opportunities to succeed requires a shared responsibility and a collective effort between individuals, community members and organizations.
Join a Focus Area Work Group! Work groups meet quarterly to ensure identified goals are being met. Separate focus area groups include education, social and emotional health, juvenile justice system and workforce development.
Become a mentor! A healthy relationship with a caring adult is vital to boys and young men to maximize their potential. You can provide the guidance that can change the life of one, or many.
Volunteer for an MBK event! To highlight and celebrate Denver communities and youth engaged in MBK's mission, we host various events throughout the year. Check out the "Engage in upcoming events and programs" section for more scheduled events and programs.
President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum in 2014 establishing the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Task Force, which makes available evidence-based policies and practices, and leverages existing data to inform interventions and improve accountability. These reports track progress achieved each year on efforts that make a measurable difference in the lives of young people.
MBK Task Force Progress Reports: