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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  • Kim

    Well this is racist much!

  • There are many, many, many…. oh yeah, did I mention many programs and initiatives to uplift and improve the quality of women and girls lives especially A.A. women and young girls, as in the much praised BLACK GIRLS ROCK!!!!! It’s about time someone has decided to pay attention to and uplift our young and little A.A. boys, and who more so than the most powerful MAN in the world!!!!

  • Briggitte

    President Obama, my sons do not need to be apart of your My Brothers Keeper they have parents. Mr President my family do not need to be apart of Obamacare they have been insured all their lives but you could help us by calling Stephanie Neally and discussing our children lack of insurance coverage since Feb2012 when a written arrangement was made and payments taken between my spouse and the City of Chicago and LABF Pension Board under the guidance of Stephanie D. Neely and the ignorance of their attorney to call our home today after we left direct message not to reimburse on his check because that would mean if we cash check we are in agreement and the offer of $237 refund is not happening, your attorney did not even tell us the period of time this portion was covering but since we are black I guess they think we are stupid, but since we met before I would think they understood about critical thinking….my children have parents who have educated and insured them all their lives.