In February 2014, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) 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. The initiative seeks to organize and capitalize on the commitment of community leaders in order to create sustainable change through policy, programs, and partnerships in cities across the nation.

On November 14, 2014, Mayor Aja Brown and the City of Compton will host a press conference to formally announce the acceptance of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper community challenge and convene a Local Action Summit to present the issues, assess needs and assets, determine priorities, and create an action plan to meet three of the six recommended goals issued by the White House for My Brother’s Keeper:

1. Reading at grade level by third grade;
2. Improve access to jobs and valuable work experience;
3. Reducing violence and providing a second chance.

The Local Action Summit will convene leaders from the public and private sector, Assemblyman Isadore Hall III, several elected officials and senior staff from the White House to draft a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes for young men and boys of color. The Compton City Council has also pledged their support of the Presidents MBK Initiative. The organizations below will also be joining Mayor Brown at the Local Acton Summit in an effort to close the gaps in opportunity and outcomes for young men and boys of color in the City of Compton: (see page 5)