The good news has just been announced that New York City will be the very first state to enact President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program.
The program was designed to help change the lives of African American males as well as Latino males. President Obama wants to aim to keep these boys out of trouble by focusing more on school and positive things they can do to create a better future. Participants of the program will also be involved in educational and professional developments to hopefully keep them out of the prison system.
Other than education, President Obama’s program is set to prepare them for the workforce with job readiness programs. Our nation’s first African American president created “My Brother’s Keeper” in 2014.
According to special reports, the big city has set aside $20 million in their state budget to create a state version of the program. New York’s first assembly speaker, Carl Heastie did an interview with the Daily News where he said:
“I was born and raised in the Bronx and I have seen first hand the challenges that so many boys and young men of color face everyday. We need to change the conversation about the achievement rates of African American and Latino men so that successful futures become the rule and not the exception.”
The 48-year-old Bronx City native has gotten a great deal of attention since gaining his title as the states first Black Assembly man. He expressed that he will strive to bring integrity and accountability back into the state house. With this being his first year into this new position, we think it’s safe to say he’s certainly off to a great start!
— 107.5 WBLS FM (@WBLS1075NYC) April 5, 2016