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“My message to Alex and Malachi and Darinel and to all the young men out there and young boys who aren’t in this room: I want you to know you matter. You matter to us. You matter to each other. There’s nothing, not a single thing, that’s more important to the future of America than whether or not you and young people all across this country can achieve their dreams.”
— President Barack Obama My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Launch, May 4, 2015


New York State Successful Schools Initiative

On August 17, 2017 the NYSED, The University of the State of New York Regents Research Fund (USNYRRF), and The Gates Foundation collaboratively contracted with REACH© Educational Solutions to identify and provide:

  • Schools whose academic achievement results are contrary to the more commonly achievement gap between white male students and male students of color (African American, Hispanic, and Native American), by successfully using strategies that remove barriers to learning;


  • A NYSED MBK Resource Guide that other schools and districts can utilize to replicate practices that successfully address the academic and social and emotional developmental health needs of male students of color; 


  • Regional in-person meetings that bring together successful and struggling schools to participate in a knowledge-sharing partnership; and


  • One-to-one partnerships between success and struggling schools to promote replication of best practices.

After analyzing school data sets, representatives of REACH© Educational Solutions will contact district leaders about schools that have made the first-cut for demonstrating promise towards being identified as a school with successful practices for addressing the academic needs of male students of color.  To become a finalist in the process and earn the distinction of a MBK Success School, the school leader will have to agree to participate in at least two school visits.  One visit will be for the REACH© Educational Solutions representative to cross-check the quantitative data analysis from the first round and the second to conduct a full Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) review. 

Once the NYSED, USNYRRF, and the REACH© Educational Solutions team have identified the final list of MBK Successful Schools, representatives will return to the schools to capture the best practices for inclusion in the MBK Successful Schools’ Resource Guide. To provide the most useful resource guide, the representatives will conduct focus group interviews of superintendents, school leaders, families, and students to gain insight into their thoughts about the supports necessary to yield extraordinary achievement results with male students of color.

In addition, the representatives will identify struggling schools to partner with a MBK Successful School.  The representative will assist the struggling schools’ efforts to replicate their partnered MBK Successful School’s practices.  This assistance will occur during face-to-face coaching sessions and regional sessions that will be a combination of online seminars and large-group conference opportunities.

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REACH(c) youth mentoring youth seminar shorts

What is a MBK Seminar Shorts?  A seminar short is an online seminar intended to allow for expanded participation by allowing educators and students to engage in subject matters with experts in the field, without requiring the added expense of traveling. Schools in the REACH(c) YMY program participate in three seminar shorts.  Our first seminar short was held on December 6, 2017 at 2pm with the inspirational author and actor, Hill Harper.  Announcing our participating schools:

  • Urban Scholars Community School, Bronx, NY
  • KAPPA IV Middle School, Harlem, NY
  • KAPPA International High School, Bronx, NY
  • A. B. Davis Middle School, Mt. Vernon, NY
  • Ida B. Posner Elementary School, Brooklyn, NY
  • Mother Hale Elementary School, Bronx, NY
  • Hamilton Elementary School, Mt. Vernon, NY
  • School 82, Buffalo, NY
  • Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights, Queens, NY
  • TBA, Yonkers, NY

Learn more about the program, curriculum, and thoughts about the first session with Hill Harper.

It is an honor and a privilege to participate in this wonderful program. I already have some ideas flowing about the first session with my youth mentors.
— Langston Masingale, Master Mentor- Urban Scholars

Hill Harper focused on the following points:

  • His experiences with speaking with thousands of young men of color and the lessons learned;
  •  The true story behind MBK and how it can manifest in any school community;
  •  The air up there – What are the true perceptions of young men of color in the entertainment world (the place that so many of the young men aspire to enter); and
  • Hill knows his family’s history and has a connection, mentally and physically, to his ancestry. What advice has he given to young men of color who do have that level of connection to their families and only connect their value to their current situation, which may be in a deep level of struggle and survival?
2018 Whole School Reform: Coaching Through Effective Systens Conference

2018 Whole School Reform: Coaching Through Effective Systens Conference

MBk implicit bias training @ 2018 wsr conference

REACH(C) has added a 2-day Implicit Bias Training to the 2018 Whole School Reform Conference.  This conference is scheduled during the 2018 President's Week to minimize the need for school coverage and maximize the number of school/district participation.  Register today to learn from your colleagues and to create an effective plan to address your school community's needs.


President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative

President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative

My brother's keeper alliance

President Obama established My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential. The MBK Alliance was launched as an independent, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) entity in 2015 to scale and sustain this critical mission. (https://www.mbkalliance.org/about-us/) 

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Regent Dr. Lester Young discussing MBK initiatives.

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Regent Dr. Lester Young discussing MBK initiatives.

New York State Education Department has commited $20 million for MBK initiatives throughout NYS districts and schools

New York State Education Department has commited $20 million for MBK initiatives throughout NYS districts and schools

my brother's keeper in new york state education department

With the adoption of the 2016–2017 New York State Budget, New York became the first state to accept the President’s challenge and enacted the My Brother’s Keeper initiative into law. The budget included a $20 million investment in support of the initiative to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color.

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