Mayor Launches My Brother’s Keeper Houston Local Action Plan

MBK Houston Expands Opportunities for Boys and Young Men of Color

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 5/14/2015, 4:26 p.m.
Mayor Annise Parker launched the My Brother’s Keeper Houston Local Action Plan at the Houston Public Library’s Julia Ideson Building.
Mayor Annise Parker

Mayor Annise Parker launched the My Brother’s Keeper Houston Local Action Plan at the Houston Public Library’s Julia Ideson Building.

My Brother’s Keeper Houston (MBK Houston) is a collaborative that consists of representatives from multiple organizations across a variety of sectors, including education, health, nonprofit, government, and business. MBK Houston focuses on expanding opportunities for boys and young men of color and ensuring that all youth can reach their full potential.

Since Mayor Parker’s acceptance of the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge in September 2014, MBK Houston has engaged over 300 individuals in discussions, focus groups, and working sessions. These individuals shared their perspectives about the barriers facing boys and young men of color and the potential solutions to address these barriers. Parents and caregivers were among the individuals who provided their thoughts about potential solutions.

The MBK Houston Local Action Plan is the collective work of individuals and organizations invested in improving the life outcomes for boys and young men of color. MBK Houston works to strengthen the cradle-to-college-and-career pipeline.

The areas of focus include six milestones:

1) Entering school ready to learn;

2) Reading at grade level by third grade;

3) Graduating from high school ready for college and career;

4) Completing post-secondary education or training;

5) Successfully entering the workforce; and

6) Reducing crime and violence and providing a second chance.

There are more than 20 recommendations that address these six milestones. Each of these recommendations include an action plan and deliverables.

The release of the MBK Houston Local Action Plan marks the beginning of collective action to impact the lives of boys and young men of color.

About the Houston Department of Health and Human Services

The City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services is Houston’s nationally accredited health department. Its mission is to work in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of all Houstonians.

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