Your Guide to the 2015 My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia Summit


Join us for celebration and conversation devoted to improving the life outcomes of Philadelphia’s boys and young men of color.




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It has been a great year for My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia (MBK Philly). Since launching our Action Plan in March 2015, we have developed a robust network of contributors and supporters, elevated youth voices, and championed a new way of doing business that makes the success of boys and young men of color a priority. But there is still much work to do, and that is where you come in.

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On December 18, MBK Philly will convene its full collaborative – city officials, youth, local and regional stakeholders – at the 2015 My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia Summit.

The Summit will consist of a day-long, public celebration to kick off another year of this important work. Programming will include a series of inspirational, youth-driven, interactive presentations; remarks from Mayor Michael A. Nutter and appearances by several special guests.

We hope you will join us as we chart a course for 2016.  See you at the Summit!




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2015 My Brother’s Keeper Philadelphia Summit
Friday, December 18, 2015
8:30a – 1:00p

Community College of Philadelphia
Winnet Student Life Building
Great Hall
(2nd Floor)

1700 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(Between Spring Garden & Callowhill Sts.)

Parking available in the Main Garage.


8:30a      Registration

9:00a      Part I

  • Presentation: Success & Impact of My Brother’s Keeper
  • Transition to the New Administration
  • MBK Philly Youth Talks


11:00a      Part II

  • Conversations That Matter
  • Lunch & Discussion: MBK Philly 2016
  • Closing: Project Positive

1:00p      Adjourn





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Dr. Donald “Guy” Generals  •  Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. • Kalef Jones
Mayor-Elect Jim F. Kenney • Akeem Lloyd  • Mayor Michael A. Nutter
Mayor Martin J. WalshTerrance Williams


Dr. Donald Generals
Dr. Donald Generals, a resourceful administrator and recognized advocate for community colleges, is the sixth President of Community College of Philadelphia. Dr. Generals is committed to providing an affordable means for students to achieve academic and career success,  He began his tenure on July 1, 2014.

An educator and seasoned researcher, Dr. Generals is an expert on the roots of the progressive education movement in America. This concept is advanced by leading educators who believe schools must be effective agencies of a democratic society. In 2013, Dr. Generals authored a book titled, Booker T. Washington: The Architect of Progressive Education. As he is drawn to the democratic mission of community colleges, he said, “Our mission demands that we pursue strategies that enable our students to achieve their goals, with the understanding that their successes serve the best interest of our economy and our community.”

A native of Paterson, N.J., Dr. Generals previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, N.J. In that capacity, he led the development of new academic programs and the college’s Education Master Plan, including an expanded mission for its Trenton campus. He also increased the programming and course offerings of the college’s online instructional programs (MercerOnLine); developed its Study Abroad program; implemented an extensive redesign of its developmental education and ESL programs; and created a mini-grant program that enables faculty to design progressive educational initiatives. In New Jersey, he led the statewide effort to redesign the community college sector’s General Education curriculum.

Dr. William R. Hite, Jr.
Dr. William R. Hite Jr., was named Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia on June 29, 2012.

Dr. Hite’s professional experience includes serving at every level – teacher, principal, central office administrator and Superintendent. Prior to joining the District, Dr. Hite was Superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, the state’s second-largest school district and one of the 25 largest districts nationwide. He also served as the school system’s Deputy Superintendent and Interim Superintendent. Dr. Hite led major efforts resulting in increased student achievement and significant improvements in teaching, learning and school status. His central work focused on enhanced access, equity and rigor to ensure that all high school graduates were prepared for college and careers. The Prince George’s County school system received national recognition for expanding access to Advanced Placement courses during his tenure.

Dr. Hite previously served as an Assistant Superintendent in Georgia’s Cobb County School District where he provided support for the 103,000 students. He has also served as director of middle school instruction and middle and high school principal in Henrico County, Virginia. Under his leadership, Highland Springs High School was honored as a “Best Practices” center by the Virginia General Assembly.

Kalef Jones
Kalef was born and raised in North Philadelphia. As a youth he always sought additional knowledge which led to numerous citywide contests and events. It wasn’t until he turned 17 that he started to go down a bad path and by the age of 21, he had been incarcerated 3 times. It was then he told himself a change was so desperately needed. So after serving a sentence of six months he returned to civilization a reformed individual. Kalef worked closely with the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network for a few before being offered a position within PowerCorpsPHL within in the fall of 2014. PowerCorpsPHL is an environmental stewardship program that targets men and women 18 to 26. It offers workforce development as well as post secondary educaton. The summer of 2014 was a very tumultuous time for Kalef where tragedy struck therefore altering his aforementioned asprirations. By the fall of 2014 Kalef had given PowerCorps PHL a chance and soon became one of its rising stars. Since then he has been appointed the Assistant Crew Leader and and then the Associate Crew Leader. He sees his impact daily as he intrigues the members by introducing best practices as well as sharing personal experiences which helps members relate better. He also interns in the Mayor’s Office in City Hall. The sky is the limit for this young man who continues to find new innovative ways to further engage his fellow generation by getting them to understand our obligation to do better for the generations to come.

Mayor-Elect Jim F. Kenney
A lifelong city resident, Jim Kenney grew up the oldest of four in South Philadelphia. His father, a firefighter, and his mother, a homemaker, both worked second jobs to put Jim and his siblings through parochial school. In high school, Jim delivered newspapers in the morning and washed dishes after school, earning his first union card at 17. After graduating from St. Joe’s Prep, Jim worked his way through La Salle University and became the first in his family to graduate from college.

In 1991, Jim was elected to serve as a Democratic City Councilman At-Large. In City Council, Jim stood up for Philadelphia’s working families—fighting for a real living wage, increased funding for public education, and community policing measures. A proud progressive, Jim also led the way on broader protections for LGBTQ Philadelphians, marijuana decriminalization, and a more sensible immigration policy by ending ICE holds that tear families apart.

While in City Council, Jim served as Chairman of the Council Committee on Labor and Civil Service and was also Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Rules, Committee on the Environment, and Committee on Law and Government, and was a member of the Committee on Public Safety, Technology and Information Services, Public Property and Public Works, Fiscal Stability and Intergovernmental Cooperation, Public Health and Human Services, and the Legislative Oversight Committee.

Jim believes that every neighborhood matters and will work tirelessly to ensure that all Philadelphians reach their full potential. In January 2016, Jim will be sworn in as the 99th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia.

Akeem Lloyd
Akeem Lloyd is a believer in the power of young people. He is passionate and inspired to do the work that he hopes will create more opportunities for young inner city youth across the nation. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Akeem was raised by his grandparents in Atlantic City, NJ. Akeem was the first person in his family to attend college and he obtained his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University-Camden Campus in African American Studies. A poet, educator and self described “life-long learner” Akeem obtained his Masters in Education with a focus on Urban Education and Youth Development from Temple University.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter
Michael A. Nutter has been dedicated to public service since his youth. After serving almost 15 years in the Philadelphia City Council, Nutter was elected the 98th Mayor of his hometown in November 2007 and took office in January 2008. At his inaugural address, Mayor Nutter pledged to lower crime, improve educational attainment rates, make Philadelphia the greenest city in America and attract new businesses and residents to the city. He also promised to lead an ethical and transparent government focused on providing high-quality, efficient and effective customer service.

With the support of an experienced, professional staff, Mayor Nutter has made significant progress on every pledge: homicides are at an almost 50 year low; high school graduation and college attainment rates have increased; Philadelphia added hundreds of miles in bike lanes and trails and launched the first equitable bike share system in America; and Philadelphia’s population has grown every year since 2008, including the largest percentage of millennial population growth in the nation.

Mayor Nutter actively recruited businesses to set up shop in Philadelphia, both domestically and internationally with tax reforms, better business services and international trade missions. And today, Philadelphia’s economy is growing – since January 2014, more than $8.5 billion of projects have been completed, are under construction or announced.

Mayor Nutter also was committed to strong financial stewardship, vigorously managing the City through the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. As a result, Philadelphia’s credit rating has been upgraded to the “A” category by the three major credit rating agencies for the first time since the 1970s.  Further, in 2013, City Council passed his Actual Value Initiative, the City’s first property assessment system overhaul, transforming a broken system into a fair, accurate and understandable system.

In affiliation with the National League of Cities, Mayor Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched Cities United, an initiative aimed at creating partnerships between cities, non-profits, and other stakeholders to combat violence and crime among African-American men and boys. He also serves on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Advisory Committee.

In June 2013, Mayor Nutter concluded his tenure as President of the United States Conference of Mayors, which is the official non-partisan organization of almost 1,300 U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 or more. As President, Mayor Nutter represented the Conference by strengthening federal-city relationships and promoting the development of effective national urban policy. In June 2015, Mayor Nutter completed his year of service as President of the Pennsylvania Municipal League, which brings together municipal government officials from across the Commonwealth to advance policy initiatives state-wide.

In 2011, Esquire magazine named Mayor Nutter to its Americans of the Year list and in 2014, he was named Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine. On his watch, Philadelphia City government has received more than 150 awards for innovative programs, good government practices and excellence.

Mayor Nutter is a life-long Philadelphian, born and raised in West Philadelphia and educated at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mayor Nutter is happily married to his wife Lisa, and a proud parent to Christian and Olivia.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Martin J. Walsh, a lifelong advocate for working people and a proud product of the City of Boston, was sworn in as the City’s 54th mayor on January 6, 2014.

Mayor Walsh’s vision is of a thriving, healthy, and innovative Boston—a city with equality and opportunity for all, where a revolutionary history inspires creative solutions to the world’s hardest challenges. Since taking office he has worked to create good jobs, great schools, safe streets, and affordable homes, while building a more responsive, representative, and transparent city government. He has won national recognition for expanding young people’s opportunities and breaking new ground in community policing. And he has invited the people of Boston to help build a blueprint for the city’s future in Imagine Boston 2030, the first citywide plan in half a century.

Before taking office, Mayor Walsh served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1997 to 2013. Representing Boston’s diverse 13th Suffolk District, he was a leader on job creation and worker protections; substance abuse, mental health, and homelessness; K-12 education; and civil rights. He played a key role defending Massachusetts’ pioneering stand on marriage equality.

Mayor Walsh also made his mark as a labor leader. Beginning in Laborers Local 223 in Boston, he rose to head the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District from 2011 to 2013. There he worked with business and community leaders to promote high-quality development and career opportunities for women and people of color.

Terrance Williams
Terrance Williams is a youth organizer at the Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP). In his role, he oversees YASP’s art, poetry, music, and writing workshops for incarcerated youth at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center and the Riverside Correctional Facility. In these workshops, Terrance enables youth—under 18 years of age who are being tried as adults—to make smart decisions, think critically, and become organizers with the ability to make a difference in their communities. A North Philadelphia native, Terrance has experienced much in his nineteen years. After completing 22 months of incarceration, in both adult and juvenile facilities, Terrance has developed a staunch commitment to serving his peers—Philadelphia youth in need of a helping hand.





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Download our Media & Promotions packet for sample talking points, tweets, and graphics to share with your colleagues, students, mentees, and children!

MBK Summit PHL – Media & Promotions Packet (PDF)

Share our promo graphic on Twitter and mention @MBKPhilly!
Share our promo graphic on Twitter and mention @MBKPhilly! For more shareables, check out our Media and Promotions Packet.





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MBK Philly wants you! If you can’t make it to the Summit, please consider joining our network. As a collaborative body, MBK Philly is driven by the assets and expertise of its contributors. Local and regional stakeholders, like Betty Jean Thompson Nobles, often provide guiding insights for our work. If you’re ready to be a part of MBK Philly, complete the contact form below.

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