obamaandblackkidToday President Obama will reveal details about his new initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper”. During his recent State of the Union, Obama stated that his goals would be to “reach out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations to help more young men of color facing tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential.”

“My Brother’s Keeper” will offer “every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential,” according to a White House official.

The initiative has two major aspects:

The first part involves a group of business and foundation leaders who have come together around implementing and testing strategies in various cities that zero in on key moments in the lives of young men – times where interventions have shown the most impactful results. That includes making sure the children are ready to learn once they get to school and keeping them out of the criminal justice system.

The second element is an internal effort within the federal government that will focus on using results and evidence to evaluate what has worked and what hasn’t. This component will use existing federal resources and the information learned will be shared with the public in hopes of spreading best practices.

But where’s “My Sister’s Keeper”?

I fully understand the president’s goals with his new initiative, but in order for the African-American community to improve as a whole, we have to be treated as a whole community. Both young men and women of color should be provided the same opportunities in order benefit each other in the future.  I’m quite sure there are young girls and women out that feel just as disenfranchised as men, and who deal with the same issues.

Sure, young women of color are making strides when it comes to education and business, but that’s not to say things can’t be improved.  Hopefully before his presidency is up, Obama will realize that in order to have millions of Michelle Obamas in the world, “My Sister’s Keeper” will also become an initiative as well.


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