Aug 14, 2018
Mayor Michael B. Hancock and community leaders representing various nonprofit, business and educational organizations today signed a charter for the My Brother's Keeper Denver (MBK Denver) initiative to confirm their shared commitment to leverage resources to improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color in Denver.
The MBK Denver Charter serves as a formal commitment for members to collaborate on removing barriers to success often faced by boys and young men of color and creating environments of opportunity in which they can thrive. The charter will guide Denver's work to close achievement gaps, increase workforce opportunities, create strong social-emotional support systems and influence policy and system improvements that directly impact the lives of boys and young men of color.
“This charter is Denver's pledge and promise to our boys and young men of color and will provide support and shared accountability to improving systems and institutions that have a direct impact on their lives and their futures," Mayor Hancock said. "With this established governance structure, Denver remains fully committed to the MBK initiative and will be uncompromising in our efforts to ensure equitable opportunities are a reality for all youth in our city.”
The City and County of Denver was one of the first 10 cities to accept the MBK community challenge presented by the White House under former President Barack Obama in 2014. MBK Denver has remained steady in bolstering their efforts to convene public and private sector partners on both the local and national stage to maximize positive outcomes for boys and young men of color. Denver was even selected by Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic municipal consulting firm, as one of 25 cities to receive pro bono consulting services over the last year because of its work to support and engage in the vision of the My Brother's Keeper Alliance.
"The MBK Denver Charter provides the city with a stewardship of integrity as we continue to address and identify ways to change the path for boys and young men of color," Executive Director of the Office of Children's Affairs Erin Brown said. "This is a long-term commitment for our city and this charter serves as the foundation of our vision – to be relentless in pursuit of positive impacts for boys and young men of color."
"Of the 250 cities who accepted the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge in 2014, Denver has taken a notable data-driven, community-wide approach to addressing the persistent gaps in outcomes for Denver’s boys and young men of color," Principal of Social Services at Bloomberg Associates Linda Gibbs said. "Denver’s approach has allowed them to recognize the on-going need for this initiative and we see great promise in their ability to collaborate and scale what works.”
Many business and community leaders, along with the following organizations signed the Denver MBK Charter:
The MBK Denver Charter is a significant milestone and reinforces the city's commitment to further develop and mobilize public and private entities to identify and implement longstanding collaborative strategies to change the trajectory for boys and young men of color.
For more information about Denver’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, please click here.