The My Brother’s Keeper Male Academy program was initiated in 2014 by President Barack Obama with the purpose of closing and eliminating the opportunity gaps that boys and young men of color face and helping them to reach their full potential. Through the MBK program, scholars learn about their own history and culture, and social justice, allowing them to see themselves in the curriculum. Culturally relevant field trips provide the scholars with opportunities for experiences outside of their local communities. Hip-hop literacy and technology integration are also embedded into the program to promote scholars’ voices in advocating for social justice and in developing 21st century technology skills. MBK scholars also take part in leadership development and learn about civic responsibilities through mentoring relationships and community service activities. All of these components combined support scholars with achieving their own academic and personal commitment goals.
The 2021-2022 MBK Male Academy theme is SANKOFA, which indicates learning from the past to build for the future. This theme signifies the MBK post-covid commitment to community service, edifying scholar voices, intellectual genius, and scholarship through culturally responsive teaching and learning. Opportunities provided include high leverage field experiences, strong mentoring, leadership skills development, and an awareness and appreciation for one’s own historic and cultural contributions. The Male Academy summer program is designed for rising 7th and 8th grade students at the following schools: 3, 19, 30, 31, 37, 53, 59, 76, 80, 89, 94, and 97. The summer program is housed at McKinley High School and operates from 9:00am-3:00pm daily, from July 26, 2021 through August 7, 2021.