Mayor Hodges Attends National Convening on My Brother’s Keeper at White House
Mayor among those invited by White House
 
February 12, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Today, Mayor Betsy Hodges is attending the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge National Convening at the White House. Mayor Hodges was among those invited who are Early Acceptors to the MBK Challenge and have already held Action Summits in their communities.
 
“We simply can’t afford the stark disparities our young men and boys of color face,” said Mayor Hodges. “They have so much to contribute to our city and our region – it is imperative to fully include boys and young men of color in our success. We all benefit when we believe in the contributions we know they can and must make to our community. I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with partners invested in this initiative from across the country and bring those best practices home to continue our own work on this important effort.”
 
Mayor Hodges joins other MBK Challenge Early Acceptors to discuss the work each city and region is doing, share best practices, and discuss next steps. The Convening opened this morning with remarks by Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, and Attorney General Eric Holder.
 
Mayor Hodges accepted the MBK Challenge in 2014, and has been working in partnership with Mayor Chris Coleman, who also accepted the MBK Challenge. They are working to build on the good collective action work that is already happening in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region and engaging the various partners involved in that work.
 
Mayors Hodges and Coleman formed a joint MBK Planning Team between Minneapolis and Saint Paul, which held its first meeting in January. The Minnesota Council on Foundations is also partnering on those efforts. That team is focused on reviewing policies and programs to determine what is working for boys and young men of color and what is not working; the team will then incorporate these findings into how we implement programs and policies in our communities.
 
Following the policy review process, both Mayors will host a community meeting to launch the work of this MBK Planning Team in April, as part of the MBK Challenge.
 
President Obama announced the My Brother’s Keeper initiative on February 27, 2014, as an effort to improve life outcomes for young men and boys of color. In September, the President issued a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes to become MBK Communities. Mayors Hodges and Coleman held a joint Local Action Summit in November.
 
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Published Feb 12, 2015

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