Former President Barack Obama just released a new ad featuring Steph Curry and Chance the Rapper, for his ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative. Obama created this program in 2015 “to ensure all of our nation’s boys and young men of color have equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity,” acknowledging the fact that black boys and boys of color do not always have access to the same opportunities as their white counterparts. In the ad he affirms his mission for young men of color:
“I want you to know you matter. There’s nothing, not a single thing, that’s more important to the future of America than whether or not young people all across this country can achieve their dreams.”
According to the MBK website, the likelihood of a young man of color enrolling in college increases by 55% when he has mentor. There are over 250 communities working toward guiding our young men to success. A lot of these young men will succeed simply because they know someone cares, simply because the know someone is in their corner when they feel discouraged or defeated. Sometimes a little faith is all you need.
We are thankful for programs like My Brother’s Keeper that are dedicated to the success of young black men. As long as we continue to work together and continue to make sure our children know their worth, we will prosper.
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