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When Boys and Young Men of Color Succeed, Columbus Succeeds

Councilmember Shannon Hardin convenes a public hearing on the future of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

Am I my Brother’s Keeper? The City of Columbus believes the answer is yes.

Columbus City Councilmember Shannon G. Hardin will convene a public hearing on the My Brother's Keeper Initiative (MBK) on March 2, 2017, 6pm, at Family Missionary Baptist Church, 996 Oakwood Avenue.

The public hearing will provide important details, updates and outline a vision for the initiative moving forward.

"Bridging opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color requires a city-wide effort," said Hardin. "There is good work being done in this space, but we need to bring in more folks and coordinate our work to measurably improve conditions for boys and young men of color."

In 2014, President Barack Obama established the MBK Task Force, a coordinated effort between the federal government and municipalities to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. This call to action led to the creation of Columbus’ MBK Initiative.

Karim Jackson, community relations coordinator in the Department of Neighborhoods, will work with program providers and is the point of contact for all of the City’s MBK work.

“It is important that we collaborate with other organizations to foster partnerships that will provide resources and opportunities to ensure the success of boys and young men of color,” said Director of the Department of Neighborhoods Carla Williams-Scott. “We are proud to help convene partners, fund programs and create opportunities for our young people.”