The White House released details of its “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative Thursday morning.
The program to improve education and employment outcomes for minority male youths was announced earlier in the month but an official meeting to discuss details was postponed. Amid much anticipation for what the initiative might include, the Obama administration moved to release details to the press.
White House Press Corps member April Ryan, one of the few black members of the Press Corps, posted details to her personal site.
The White House says the foundations supporting the My Brothers Keeper project will work over the next 90 days to design a strategy and infrastructure for coordination of these investments, which can be aligned with additional commitments from an array of people from other sectors.
President Obama will sign a memorandum on internal research on what works and what does not work. That effort will be implemented with the creation of an Administration-wide “What Works” online portal to that promotes successful programs that improves the outcomes of boys and young men of color.
The foundations supporting My Brothers Keeper have already made investments, including $150 million in current spending and plan to invest at least $200 million over the next five years. Read more from Ryan.
According to an official “fact sheet” from the White House, President Obama will sign a Presidential Memorandum establishing the “My Brother’s Keeper Task Force,” an interagency effort, chaired by the Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson. The Task Force will work across executive departments and agencies to:
- Assess the impact of Federal policies, regulations, and programs of general applicability on boys and young men of color, so as to develop proposals that will enhance positive outcomes and eliminate or reduce negative ones.
- Recommend, where appropriate, incentives for the broad adoption by national, State, and local public and private decision makers of effective and innovative strategies and practices for providing opportunities to and improving outcomes for boys and young men of color.
- Create an Administration-wide “What Works” online portal to disseminate successful programs and practices that improve outcomes for boys and young men of color.
- Develop a comprehensive public website, to be maintained by the Department of Education, that will assess, on an ongoing basis, critical indicators of life outcomes for boys and young men of color in absolute and relative terms.
- Work with external stakeholders to highlight the opportunities, challenges, and efforts affecting boys and young men of color.
- Recommend to the President means of ensuring sustained efforts within the Federal Government and continued partnership with the private sector and philanthropic community as set forth in the Presidential Memorandum.