My Brother's Keeper Call to Action and Task Force Report

June 16, 2014

Friends,
 
We want to make sure you are aware that last week the President met with his Cabinet to discuss the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force’s initial assessments and recommendations and the President called on the American people to get engaged through mentorship opportunities nationwide. 
 
Sign Up to Be a Mentor
 
President Obama is calling on Americans interested in getting involved in My Brother’s Keeper to sign up as long-term mentors to young people at WH.gov/mybrotherskeeper

This effort will engage Americans from all walks of life to sign up to develop sustained and direct mentoring relationships that will play vital roles in the lives of young people. It is important that all children have caring adults who are engaged in their lives.  But too many young people lack this support. 
 
We also want to share with you the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Report to the President.
 
The Administration is doing its part by identifying programs and policies that work, and recommending action that will help all our young people succeed.  Since the launch of My Brother’s Keeper, the President’s Task Force has met with and heard from thousands of Americans, through online and in-person listening sessions, who are already taking action.  Cities and towns, businesses, foundations, faith leaders and individuals have made commitments to helping youth get a strong start in school and life and later connect them to mentoring, support networks and specialized skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way up into the middle class.  As President Obama has said, “We are stronger when America fields a full team.”

In the coming weeks and months, leading foundations will independently announce specific commitments to help ensure young people can succeed.  The following foundations will together seek to invest at least $200 million:  The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The California Endowment, The Ford Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Open Society Foundations, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Kapor Center for Social Impact, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

More Information about the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper

 
Blessings,
 
DOJ CFBNP Team

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