Pres­i­dent Obama’s pro­gram is­sues Re­quest for Pro­pos­als

South Florida Times - - METRO -

CHICAGO – Be­fore he left of­fice, Pres­i­dent Obama launched an ini­tia­tive to help young men of color ex­cel. He has in­cor­po­rated the pro­gram into the Obama Foun­da­tion and later this month, the My Brother’s Keeper Al­liance will launch a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to iden­tify and sup­port sev­eral cities, towns, coun­ties and Tribal Na­tions that ac­cepted the MBK Com­mu­nity Chal­lenge.

The pro­gram is look­ing for MBK Com­mu­ni­ties that are mak­ing steady progress and have the po­ten­tial to be proof points for what it takes to sub­stan­tially im­prove life out­comes for boys and young men of color, espe­cially as it re­lates to re­duc­ing youth vi­o­lence and grow­ing the pipe­line of men­tors hav­ing a mea­sur­able im­pact on boys and young men of color.

El­i­gi­ble grantees are high-per­form­ing back­bone or­ga­ni­za­tions, U.S.-based 501 (C) (3) non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions with strong lead­er­ship and a track record of suc­cess in driv­ing col­lec­tive im­pact ef­forts lo­cally, ini­ti­at­ing pro­gram de­vel­op­ment, and ex­pand­ing poli­cies and prac­tices that en­hance eq­uity and op­por­tu­nity for boys and young men of color. To sub­mit a pro­posal, or­ga­ni­za­tions must have the back­ing of lo­cal govern­ment lead­er­ship or an ap­proved MBK Al­liance part­ner.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF OBAMA FOUN­DA­TION

My Brother's Keeper men­tors and mentees at one of the pro­gram's events.

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