President Obama is calling for mentors to help reverse under achievement among young minority men. When speaking of minority men, this includes black, Hispanic and Native American boys and young men. This initiative is being called on by the President’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program. President Obama discussed a progress report on “My Brother’s Keeper” Thursday and on Friday “call on all in his administration and adults all across America to commit to mentor or tutor” boys, according to Brodrick Johnson, chairman of the initiative task force. The progress report highlighted the areas in which the initiative that should be a point of focus. This includes getting better data on minority boys, making sure young boys are prepared for school when they enter, reforming the justice system and reducing violence.
The “My Brother’s Keeper” program was unveiled in February at the White House. According to WJZ, ” Under the initiative, businesses, foundation and community groups coordinate investments to come up with or support programs that help keep young people out of the criminal justice system and improve their access to higher education.”
So far several foundation have pledged at least $200 million over fiver years to help promote the initiative.