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My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge

White House effort to effort to encourage community leaders to implement a cradle-to-college and career strategy for their communities.


Today, the White House announced the My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge, an effort to encourage communities (cities, counties, suburbs, rural municipalities, and tribal nations) to implement a coherent cradle-to-college and career strategy aimed at improving life outcomes for all young people, consistent with the goals and recommendations of the Task Force’s May report, to ensure that all youth can achieve their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances in which they are born.  The Challenge is not a new federal program, but rather a call to action for leaders of communities across the Nation to build and execute comprehensive strategies that ensure:
•         All children enter school cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally prepared;
•         All children read at grade level by third grade;
•         All young people graduate from high school;
•         All young people complete post-secondary education or training;
•         All youth out of school are employed; and
•         All young people are safe from violent crime.

The Task Force also identified a set of “cross cutting” areas, among them the importance of caring adults being present and active in the lives of children, hence the emphasis placed on mentoring.
The Challenge calls upon mayors, Tribal leaders, town and county executives, encouraging them to take the following steps:  within 45 days of accepting the Challenge, local communities convene a Local Action Summit with key public and private sector stakeholders to assess needs, determine priorities, and decide what combination of the above objectives they will tackle; within six months of accepting the Challenge, communities publicly launch a plan of action for accomplishing their goals, which will include a protocol for tracking data, benchmarks for tracking progress, and a blueprint for how the community will resource its efforts.     

The White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the NCC are launching the Challenge.  The NCC will provide communities with resources to support their local planning process, assisting them in developing successful strategies for action and tracking their progress.  More information, including how local executives can sign up for the Challenge, is available at
Additionally, the Federal government has recently announced a number of programs that address recommendations in the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force progress report.  For example, the Department of Justice announced a $4.75 million initiative to invest in training, evidence-based strategies, policy development and research to build trust and strengthen the relationship between law enforcement, and the communities they serve, and through the Smart on Juvenile Justice initiative, awarded $2 million in three grants which provide training, technical assistance and education to improve the quality of services, end racial and ethnic disparities, and encourage reforms in juvenile justice systems.  The Department of Education awarded more than $57 million in grants focused on improving school climates and keeping students safe.  And in September, the Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development announced a collaboration between HUD-funded organizations, and civil legal aid programs and public defender offices, to focus on expunging and sealing juvenile records – improving the chances that reentering youth will be able to obtain degrees, find work, and secure housing.  
Information on previous independent private sector commitments can be found at
MBK Community Challenge Early Acceptors

Akron, OH
Albuquerque, NM
Alleghany County, PA
Anniston, AL
Atlanta, GA
Atlantic City, NJ
Augusta, GA
Baton Rouge, LA
Beaverton, OR
Birmingham, AL
Boston, MA
Bridgeport, CT
Brooklyn Park, MN
Buffalo, NY
Caddo Parish, LA
Carlisle, PA
Charleston, SC
Charles Town, WV
Charlottesville, VA
Chattanooga, TN
Chicago, IL
Cleveland, OH
Columbia, SC
Columbus, OH
Compton, CA
Cook County, IL
Culver City, CA
Dallas County, TX
Dayton, OH
DeKalb County, GA
Denver, CO
Des Moines, IA
Detroit, MI
Dubuque,  IA
DuPage County, IL
Durham, NC
Edinburg, TX
Elkhart, IN
Fairmount Heights, MD
Ferguson, MO
Flint, MI
Forest Heights, MD
Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Worth, TX
Fulton County, GA
Gary, IN
Harrisburg, PA
Hartford, CT
Hempstead, NY
Hobson, AL
Holly Hill, SC
Holyoke, MA
Houston, TX
Huntington, WV
Indianapolis, IN
Ithaca, NY
Jacksonville, FL
Jersey City, NJ
Johnstown, PA
Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, MO
Knoxville, TN
Lansing, MI
Laredo, TX
Las Vegas, NV
Little Rock, AR
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Macon, GA
Madison, WI
Massillon, OH
Memphis, TN
Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis, MN
Mount Rainier, MD
New Haven, CT
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
Newark, NJ
Newton, MA
Niagara Falls, NY
Normandy, MO
North Chicago, IL
Oak Creek, WI
Oakland, CA
Orlando, FL
Palm Beach County, FL
Philadelphia, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, ME
Portland, OR
Prairie View, TX
Prince George's County, MD
Prichard, AL
Princeton, NJ
Providence, RI
Ranson, WV
Rialto, CA
Richmond, CA
Rochester, NY
Sacramento, CA
Saint Joseph, LA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
San Francisco, CA
Santa Ana, CA
Santa Fe, NM
Savannah, GA
Seattle, WA
Shreveport, LA
Southfield, MI
St. Louis, MO
St. Paul, MN
Syracuse, NY
Tacoma, WA
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa, FL
Tucson, AZ
Village of Phoenix, IL
Washington, D.C
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (CA)
Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (AK)
Cherokee Nation (OK)
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (SD)
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa  (MN)
Hoonah Indian Association (AK)
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (CT)
Navajo Nation (AZ, NM, UT)
Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (WI)
Pawnee Nation (OK)
Round Valley Indian Tribes (CA)
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (MI)
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe (SD, ND)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (ND, SD)
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (WA)

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