For more than two years, communities, organizations and local officials across the country united, organized and mobilized in response to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) call to action. Now, over 250 cities, counties and tribal nations have publicly committed to addressing persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensuring that all young people can reach their full potential.
City Year is proud to be part of the My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentors Initiative and work with its partners nationwide to combat chronic absenteeism and keep students on track to graduation. We know that mentors help youth reach their full potential by being there during critical moments in students' lives. Their presence helps kids stay connected to school, work and community.
Improving attendance rates and inspiring students to come to school every day is a key component of City Year’s work. In 2010, City Year collaborated with New York City’s “Every Student Every Day” campaign to address chronic absenteeism through the use of Success Mentors who, in schools served by City Year, were AmeriCorps members.
Using the results from the New York City campaign, City Year worked with Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. Department of Education, the White House, and other partners, to help design the My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentors Initiative.
On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, all MBK communities and supporters are invited join us in this Digital Day of Action. Share why #IamMBK and pledge to become a mentor at mentor.gov.