Philadelphia (March 31st, 2015) – Peace Islands Institute attended the release of the My Brother’s Keeper action plan for Philadelphia. The release was held at the Community College of Philadelphia. Mayor Michael A. Nutter described Philadelphia’s summary of the program, and how the city planned to be a part of it. Many organizations, such as Peace Islands Institute, have joined the program as ‘stakeholders’ to ensure that we are doing our part in this initiative.
“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.” (www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper) Philadelphia is one of many cities who have joined the initiative, and was even the first city to lay out their vision for their part in the MBK initiative. The Peace Islands Institute will make this initiative a part of its yearly efforts, and will be working with the other MBK stakeholders and the city of Philadelphia to carry out MBK.
The MBK objectives are as follows:
1. All children enter school ready.
2. All children read at grade level by 3rd grade.
3. All youth graduate from high school.
4. All youth complete post-secondary education or training.
5. All youth are employed.
6. All youth remain safe from violence and have a second chance.