On February 27, 2014, President Obama launched the My Brother‘s Keeper Initiative ― with the belief that by focusing on critical challenges, risk factors, and opportunities for young boys and young men of color at key life stages, we can improve their long-term outcomes and ability to contribute to society.
The City of Albany accepted President Obama's challenge and expanded it to include young girls and young women recognizing that they too need to improve their long-term outcomes and ability to contribute to society, thus creating a local chapter of My Brother's and Sister's Keeper's (MBSK) with a goal to improve access to education and employment and reducing levels of violence among young people.
Mayor Kathy Sheehan's administration is committed to coordinating the work and investments of its departments and community partners toward creating integrated strategies in the City‘s most diverse and low-income neighborhoods, which struggle with issues of education, employment, poverty, crime, and lack of community investment.
She and all those connected to MBSK wholeheartedly believe that the program goals will undoubtedly create an opportunity for all of our young people to have the tools and opportunities to succeed. We intend to be transformational in our approach to guiding our youth to success.