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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

President Obama Launches "My Brother’s Keeper" Initiative to Help Black and Hispanic Men

President Obama's My Brothers Keeper Project
President Obama is launching a new project for Black and Hispanic men called "My Brother's Keeper". The initiative will aim to get commitments from foundations, businesses and community groups to help such young minority men improve their employment opportunities. The initiative will also help address certain criminal justice practices and guidelines that affect minority men.

Why?

During his most recent State of the Union speech, Obama pledged to “help more young men of color... stay on track and reach their full potential.” The unemployment rate for African-American men over the age of 20 is 12 percent and 8.2 percent for Hispanic men. But for white men, that figure is just 5.4 percent.

A Need For New Programs

According to the Associated Press, President Obama will also order his administration to examine programs that work and to discard those that do not help improve the lives of minority men. The White House pointed to bipartisan initiatives already underway to change criminal justice practices and guidelines.

Getting Results

The effort will seek “to make sure that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential,” a White House official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement. “The initiative will be focused on implementing strategies that are proven to get results.”

The program is expected to officialy launch on Thursday, February 13th.
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