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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > November 2014 > My Brothers Keeper Roundtable Discussion

My Brothers Keeper Roundtable Discussion


White House Initiative looks at ways to better serve community youth

November 10, 2014  - Mayor Byron Brown hosted today a roundtable discussion on President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, bringing together local officials and community leaders to discuss ways to better serve and improve life outcomes of young people.  In February 2014, President Obama launched
the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

“One of my top priorities as Mayor is to create pathways away from violence and towards opportunities for our young people in Buffalo and our city is proud to be a part of President Obama’s My Brother's Keeper," said Mayor Brown. "My administration has programs underway that deeply share the spirit and the imperative of MBK, such as Say Yes Buffalo, my Summer Youth Employment Program, and Game Changers. By hosting today’s roundtable discussion, we further pledge to continue our public investments and maintain a data-driven approach to tracking outcomes in order to provide our young people with the opportunities they deserve to reach their potential.”

The inspiration for My Brother's Keeper came last year, after President Obama indicated in public remarks a need for programs and policies that "bolster and reinforce young men of color." He launched My Brother's Keeper (MBK) on February 27, 2014. On September 27th, the President announced that more than 100 mayors, county officials, and tribal have accepted the “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge” (“MBK Community Challenge” or “Challenge”), the next step in organizing and building upon the work of community leaders to improve outcomes for youth in America.

Today’s round –table discussion in Buffalo was a second step in the national initiative and drew nearl 100 members of the community, including representatives from Buffalo area colleges and universities, Buffalo Public Schools District, City offices.

The purpose of the round-table discussion was to build an MBK Community by asking key stakeholders to assess needs and assets, determine priorities, and set concrete goals.  Using the data from the discussion, the City will next examine existing local policies, programs, and practices in search of ways to introduce or expand on existing efforts to better serve the needs of Buffalo youth.  The results will also be forwarded to the White House.

"I’m pleased with today’s turnout.  This event attracted nearly a hundred people who helped us identify the needs and the gaps in our community across the six goal areas for My Brother's Keeper – that every child comes to school ready to learn, that they're reading at third-grade levels, that they're graduating from high school and are prepared for college and attain some post-secondary education, and that they have an opportunity to grow up in a safe environment." Brown said.

Brown became part of the My Brother's Keeper Challenge when the White House reached out to him directly to be part of this national initiative.  More information, including how local executives can sign up for the Challenge, is available at