The New York State Education Department hosted the 2018 New York State My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Symposium on Friday, April 27, 2018 and Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Albany. (Click Here for pictures of the event.)
More than 600 students, parents, educational leaders, and citizens from across New York State gathered for a two-day symposium on the MBK initiative to help Boys and Young Men of Color - and all students - realize their full potential. This Fellows program was initiated to assist in improving outcomes for BYMOC. Buffalo Public Schools, New York State, and My Brother’s Keeper is focused on ensuring that all children:
Enter school ready to learn;
Read at grade level by third grade;
Graduate from high school ready for college and career;
Complete postsecondary education or training;
Successfully enter the workforce; and
Grow up in safe communities and get a second chance if they make a mistake.
In addition to supporting the six milestones set at the national level, Buffalo Public Schools and New York’s MBK initiative is also committed to:
Ensuring equitable access to high quality schools and programs;
Expanding prevention, early warning, and intervention services;
Using differentiated approaches based on need and culture;
Responding to structural and institutional racism;
Making comprehensive and coordinated support services widely available; and
Engaging families and communities in a trusted and respectful way.
The purpose of the Fellows grant is to provide 11th grade high school students, with an emphasis on Boys and Young Men of Color, with opportunities to gain authentic leadership experience(s) and develop service projects beneficial to the schools they attend and the communities they live in.