State Department retweet of Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on the benefits of #studyabroad



My hope is that more US students than ever will expand their worldview through #studyabroad in 2017. Resources here:






Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) – The US “MBK” community program


#MBKTownHall on 2015-06-23


The White House retweeted 2015-06-23


The #MBKtownhall is starting soon - 5ET. I'm looking forward to your questions. Get them ready. #MyBrothersKeeper


The White House retweeted 2015-06-23

Join Leaders for a Special #MyBrothersKeeper Twitter Town Hall Today at 5pm ET #MBKTownHall


President Obama spotlighted a national crisis last year when he launched My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative that encourages communities, nonprofits and the private sector to focus on ways to improve the lives of some of the nation’s most vulnerable young people. According to the White House, the private sector has since directed nearly $500 million to various projects aimed at expanding opportunity for this group.

My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge

In September 2014, President Obama issued a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes across the country to become “MBK Communities.”


The MBK Community Challenge encourages communities (cities, rural municipalities, and tribal nations) to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born. Nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives across 43 states and the District of Columbia have accepted the MBK Community Challenge.



  • Ensuring all youth graduate from high school
  • Ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education or training
  • Ensuring all youth out of school are employed
  • Ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime


My Brother's Keeper Celebrates Its First Anniversary

·         Read the My Brother's Keeper Task Force One-Year Progress Report




Private-Sector Action: Business, Philanthropy, and Nonprofit Action Foundations, businesses, and social enterprises have responded to the President’s call to action by taking steps to ensure that communities have the support they need, and by providing funding and advice for aligned national initiatives.


More than $300 million in grants and inkind resources have been independently committed already to advance the mission of MBK. These funds include investments in safe and effective schools, mentoring programs, juvenile justice reforms, school redesign, and efforts like the National Basketball Association’s (NBA’s) “Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters” mentorship public service announcement (PSA) campaign. Finally, the National Convening Council, led by retired Deloitte Consulting CEO Joe Echevarria and former NBA star and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and other private and philanthropic organizations have provided technical assistance to help MBK Communities create and execute their own independent MBK action plans.


Policy: For example, grant programs, like the Department of Labor’s American Apprenticeship Initiative, will harness federal resources to create clearer pathways to success for youth using earn-andlearn and other job-driven training models.