Apply now for the MBK PHILLY YOUTH TALKS and share your social change story at our December Summit!

As a one of Philadelphia’s leading lights who is changing our city for the better, My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia (MBK Philly) wants YOU to be a presenter at the MBK Philly Youth Talks on the morning of December 18, 2015!

Deadline for entries

Monday, November 30, 2015 at 10:00a ET

Background

My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is President Obama’s signature initiative to close the opportunity gaps for our most vulnerable populations. For Philadelphia, the data points to boys and young men of color. The White House asked communities across the country to develop action plans that provide coherent “cradle-to-college-and-career” strategies. MBK focuses on six milestones:

  • All children enter school ready
  • All children read on grade level by 3rd grade
  • All youth graduate from high school
  • All youth complete post-secondary education or training
  • All youth are employed
  • All youth are safe from violent crime.

MBK Philly is Philadelphia’s response to this national initiative. On December 18, 2015, MBK Philly will host a summit to celebrate exciting work in this field and identify clear goals for 2016.

About the Talks

MBK Philly Youth Talks is an opportunity to highlight the work of young Philadelphians, ages 14 to 24, who are working to move the needle for their peers. In these brief (no more than 5 minute) presentations, four speakers will have the chance to share a narrative that reflects a project or program that is working to close opportunity and achievement gaps for youth, especially boys and young men of color. We are looking for Philadelphia stories that resemble the tone and style of the following presentations:

At MBK Philly, youth perspectives are front and center in our work. We hope you’ll join us this December, and share your unique insights and inspirations as we chart a course for 2016.

Guiding Questions

  • What is your vision for moving the needle for young men and boys of color in Philadelphia? What inspires your work?
  • What organization, project or initiative do you work on? Is it a long standing effort, or is it a recent project that you developed on your own?
  • What methods have you utilized to make that vision a reality?
  • Which individuals and organizations have you partnered with in your work?
  • What outcomes have you seen as a result of your work?
  • What lessons have you uncovered in doing this work?

Requirements

  • Describe a Philadelphia-based project or program.
  • Relate to one or more of the following MBK milestones listed above.
  • The presentation will be no more than 5 minutes in length.

Rules of entry

Eligibility

Eligibility is limited to Philadelphia residents who are ages 14 to 24.

MBK Philly is dedicated to showcasing the diversity of its network. Racial and ethnic minorities, women, and those working on behalf of hard to reach populations, such as LGBTQ and immigrant youth, are encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

The MBK Philly Communications Committee will choose four youth presenters for the Youth Talks. The Talks will take place at our upcoming Summit, to be held on Friday, December 18, from 9:00a to 1:00p.

The Communications Committee will review a randomized selection of 10 submissions. Judging criteria includes: (a) project’s impact; (b) connection to at least one MBK milestone; (c) narrative’s completion and clarity to the six questions; (d) project originality. Please be sure to address each of the prompt questions in your narrative.

Submission Process

To enter, compose a narrative, no more than two pages in length, which addresses the following questions:

  1. What is your vision for moving the needle for young men and boys of color in Philadelphia? What inspires your work?
  2. What organization, project or initiative do you work on? Is it a long standing effort, or is it a recent project that you developed on your own?
  3. What methods have you utilized to make that vision a reality?
  4. Which individuals and organizations have you partnered with in your work?
  5. What outcomes have you seen as a result of your work?
  6. What lessons have you uncovered in doing this work?

In addition, complete and submit Form A: the MBK Philly Youth Talks Official Entry Form, and Form B: the Media Release Form. Both forms can be found here. Submissions are due by 10:00a ET on Monday, November 30, 2015.

The four winners will be notified by December 4, 2015. The MBK Philly Communications Committee will then work with the winners to refine their presentation before the December 18, 2015 event.

Delivering Submissions

To submit electronically, complete our Google Form.

To submit a hard copy, complete and print each page of the Google Form. Mail or hand delivery the completed forms to:

MBK Philly

c/o Christine Piven

City Hall, Room 204

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Questions?

Please contact us at mbkphilly@phila.gov with any questions.

Ready to Apply?

Click here to apply now!

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