COMPTON, CA – The Compton My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) 2016 Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit brought together dozens of middle and high school young men in Compton for Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 for workshops, mentorship, special guest speakers and performances designed to transform the trajectories of boys and young men of in Compton.  Under Mayor Aja Brown’s leadership the Summit focused on developing, cultivating and displaying the leadership potential of Compton’s young men.

The two-day long conference at the Dollarhide Community Center was a follow up to Mayor Brown’s 2014 action summit where she engaged the community in the development and shaping of the MBK Initiative in Compton. During the summit, Mayor Brown welcomed Michael Smith, Special Assistant to the President on My Brother’s Keeper along with community leaders, elected officials, law enforcement personnel, business owners, faith-based leaders, former gang members, youth leaders and community-based organizations.   

The Summit follows the MBK MenTouring Summer Camp, a three-day event that fostered self-awareness and the meaning of manhood for junior high school boys in Compton.  Boys in sixth through eighth grade were treated to a stimulating weekend of swimming, zip lining, mountain biking with the San Bernardino Mountains as the backdrop while being mentored on the basic fundamentals of responsibility, accountability, leadership, team work and education.

In 2014, President Barack Obama announced that more than 100 mayors, county officials and tribal nations had accepted the MBK Community Challenge, an initiative to encourage community leaders across the country to develop plans to improve life outcomes and address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, ensuring that all young people can reach their full potential. In line with this initiative, the city of Compton has launched an action plan to measurably improve outcomes for children of color ages 0-25 and their families, with an emphasis on Black males. Currently, Compton is focusing on three of the six recommended goals issued by the White House: 1) Reading at grade level by third grade; 2) Improve access to jobs and valuable work experience; and 3) Reducing violence and providing a second chance.

The Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit is a follow up to Mayor Brown’s 2014 action summit where she engaged the community in the development and shaping of the MBK Initiative in Compton. During the summit, Mayor Brown welcomed Michael Smith, Special Assistant to the President on My Brother’s Keeper along with community leaders, elected officials, law enforcement personnel, business owners, faith-based leaders, former gang members, youth leaders and community-based organizations.   

The 2016 Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit is supported by the City of Compton, Compton Empowered, 4Hundred Waze Foundation, Urban Vision Community Development Corporation, the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation and Mayor Aja Brown’s Vision for Compton, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving life for all Compton residents through the fulfillment of her 12-point New Vision for Compton agenda.