About MBK Philly

Photo by Mitchell Leff City of Philadelphia
Photo by Mitchell Leff | City of Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia is participating in President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge. My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is an initiative that focuses on six milestones that build support to tackle the opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color.

The six MBK milestones are:

  1. Ensure all children enter school ready to learn
  2. Ensure all children read at grade level by 3rd grade
  3. Ensure all youth graduate from high school and ready for college or career
  4. Ensure all youth complete post‐secondary education or training
  5. Ensure all youth out of school are employed
  6. Ensure all youth remain safe from violence

The first step in the challenge is to host a local action summit to assess needs and assets, determine priorities, and set concrete goals.  We completed this first step on November 12, 2014.  It was a robust conversation with over 130 stakeholders.

The second step is to conduct a policy review and to form recommendations for action. This review is then used to develop, Philadelphia’s MBK Action Plan. The Plan is to include tracking data, benchmarks, timelines and financial resources.

Philadelphia’s MBK Action Plan will be presented to the White House on March 31, 2015.

To join us or to send suggestions, comments or concerns please feel free to e-mail mbkphilly@phila.gov