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Young Men of Color Complete Job-Readiness and Financial Literacy Training through Summer Employment Program

This past Saturday, the Office of Children's Affairs, Bank of America and Mile High United Way celebrated the success of 30 young men of color as they completed the My Brother's Keeper Summer of Success program, which provided eight weeks of mentorship, summer employment and financial literacy training.

“Changing the trajectory of the lives of these young men, positioning them to connect and become leaders within their communities and in our city, is what programs like this are all about,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. "The city's partnership with Bank of America and Mile High United Way strengthens our resources, empowers boys and young men of color to succeed in school and beyond, and will have a lasting impact on efforts to bring more equity to more youth in our community.”

The My Brother's Keeper Summer of Success program started June 11 and ended on August 4 with a celebration of completion. The young men selected to participate were between the ages of 16 – 18 and received training around self-identity, leadership, and job-readiness with a strong emphasis on financial literacy and customer service skills. Participants worked with employer partners in a professional field that aligned with each of their specific areas of interest and career goals and attended weekly seminars facilitated by men of color from the Denver community, many who are current and past MBK25 Honorees, who have also overcome obstacles to realize their path to success.

For the second summer, Bank of America awarded the city $50,000 to support this program and led the financial education component through the Better Money Habits curriculum. The training also utilized the Office of Financial Empowerment's Bank On Denver program to assist participants in setting up savings and checking accounts.

"Guided employment programs in a young person’s life are one of the best catalysts for future economic success and mobility,” Colorado State and Denver Market President for Bank of America Jodi Rolland said. “Bank of America is focused on partnerships, such as My Brother’s Keeper Summer of Success, that create pathways to employment in underserved communities as part of our commitment to making peoples’ financial lives better and creating an economically vibrant community here in Denver.”

“Mile High United Way is pleased to partner with the City and County of Denver and Bank of America to ensure that everyone in our community has the opportunity to move toward economic success," President and CEO of Mile High United Way Christine Benero said. "Providing financial literacy training and mentorship opportunities, the ‘My Brother’s Keeper Summer of Success’ program exemplifies our mission to fight for the education, health and financial stability for everyone in Denver. We are honored to support this program and the students in it."

Check out this short video to hear from partners and participants of the My Brother's Keeper Summer of Success program.

For more information about Denver’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, please click here.