President Barack Obama arrived in New York City Monday morning to announce the launch of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance at Lehman College in the Bronx, NBC reports.
My Brother’s Keeper, whose aim is to “address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential” according to the White House, will undergo an expansion to help community groups and foundations “coordinate spending on education,” NBC reports.
“This is an issue that the president intends to continue to be focused on long after he’s left the Oval Office,” spokesman Josh Earnest said, in part because of recent high-profile deaths of black men during encounters with police on Staten Island and in Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and Baltimore.
“I’ll be done being president in a couple of years, and I’ll still be a pretty young man, not compared to you guys, but I’ll still be pretty young,” Obama told a group of middle-school students recently. “And so I’ll go back to doing the kinds of work that I was doing before, just trying to find ways to help people, help young people get educations, and help people get jobs, and try to bring businesses into neighborhoods that don’t have enough businesses. That’s the kind of work that I really love to do.”
The president is scheduled to deliver his remarks at 2:30 p.m. ET. You can watch a livestream of the announcement in the video above.
SOURCE: NBC, White House | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube/WhiteHouse
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