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Council Convenes Hearing on the My Brother's Keeper Initiative

Councilmember Shannon Hardin
Carla Williams-Scott, director, Department of Neighborhoods
Kyle Stickland, senior legal analyst, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Monday, December 18

City Hall
Council Chambers
90 W. Broad St.


Councilmember Shannon Hardin is convening a public hearing to release critical data on youth vulnerability in Columbus and announce a forthcoming grants program through the My Brother's Keeper initiative (MBK). These grants are designed to empower groups working with boys and young men of color in underserved neighborhoods. 

In 2014, President Obama launched the MBK initiative, challenging cities, nonprofits and the private sector to close opportunity gaps between boys of color and the community-at-large. 

Columbus was one of the first cities to answer the call. Organizations throughout the City stepped up to create new programs and drive tangible change for young people of color. To continue this collective effort, data is fundamental. 

All interested citizens are invited to offer public testimony. Comments are limited to three minutes. Anyone wishing to address City Council on this matter must fill out a speaker slip between 8am-6pm at Columbus City Hall. 

The hearing will be broadcast on CTV, Columbus’ cable access channel 3.