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My Brother's Keeper Committee, local officials release playbook

 


Following a year of community review, analysis and community input, members of the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Committee, along with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, have released the MBK Playbook.

“Putting together this ‘Playbook’ was not an easy task, and we thank those members of the committee, as well as the community, who acted as resources, provided input and data, and really informed this initiative,” said Mr. Fitzgerald. “There are so many organizations and individuals in this region that are doing things right and this effort has allowed us to highlight that work, while also using it as a springboard to ensure that everyone in our region has the same opportunities.”

In September 2014, President Barack Obama issued a directive to cities, counties and communities across the nation to become “MBK Communities,” wherein elected officials work with local partners to forge long-term and strategic programs to improve the livelihood and development of all young people with a strong focus on young men and boys of color.

Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh embraced the President’s call and on October 31, 2014, hosted an MBK Summit at the Community College of Allegheny County with more than 100 leaders representing ten sectors: service and community centers, health care, faith-based, philanthropy, education, government, corporate, law enforcement, workforce and advocacy.

“This is vitally important work – delivering much-needed support for youth all the way from pre-school through post-secondary education – and everyone work worked with us should be proud,” said Mr. Peduto. “It is work that not only helps people, but jobs, opportunities and economic growth through Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.”

Following the Summit, a 16-member committee was created and charged with drafting a “MBK Playbook” that would outline effective strategies to support the success of young men of color and effective and efficient means to implement the strategies. Once a draft report was in place, the committee also hosted three deliberative forums that engaged more than 200 members of the community to provide feedback on the identified goals and objectives.

Earlier, the committee met with the county executive and mayor to provide an overview of their process and present their impressions of the process and how to sustain the initiative moving forward.

Through its process, the MBK Committee identified current “keepers,” defined as those individuals and organizations which already inspire minds, provide access to resources, are a model of success, and facilitate opportunities. Keepers also recognize that every individual has value by affirming that individual life experiences are powerful, productive and essential to crafting solutions for which they are accountable.

For each goal, current “keepers” were recognized and leads identified which would be responsible for action steps identified by the committee to meet each milestone.

The MBK Playbook is crafted around six milestones set by President Obama:

· All of our children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally prepared;

· All of our children read at grade level by third grade;

· All of our young people graduate from high school;

· All of our young people complete post-secondary education or training;

· All of our youth who have graduated from college or a training program are employed; and,

· All of our young people are safe from violent crime and, those who need it, receive the second chance they deserve.

The full report and additional information about My Brother’s Keeper Pittsburgh-Allegheny County can be accessed at http://mbkpgh.pittsburghpa.gov.

 

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