President Obama is clear: Just because he is leaving the White House next month doesn’t mean his initiatives such as ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ will die.
According to the Huffington Post, at the initiative’s final White House summit on Wednesday, Obama vowed to continue to advocate for young men of color and help keep My Brother’s Keeper alive after he leaves office.
“Ensuring that our young people can go as far as their dreams can take them is the single most important task that we have as a nation,” he said.
“It is the single most important thing we can do for our country’s future. This is something that I will be invested in for the rest of my life.”
POTUS’ program was first implemented in 2014 and is aimed at encouraging young Black and Latino men to succeed academically. As the Huff Po pointed out, since its inception, about 250 communities across the country have taken on the “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge,” to encourage mentors and leaders step up and assist local youth.
“These young people behind me are proof that a little love, a little support allows them to achieve anything they can dream, anything they can conceive,” POTUS added.
“All of you know the statistics and the stories of young people who have had the intelligence, the potential to do amazing things but somehow slipped through the cracks. And I’ve said this before, I see myself in these young people. I grew up without a father. There were times when I made poor choices. Times where I was adrift. The only difference between me and a lot of other young men is that I grew up in a more forgiving environment.”
So how does he plan on ensuring the program’s immorality?
POTUS worked to get the White House to recently introduce a range of new federal commitments, including creating a center to prevent truancy, increasing data transparency and assisting youth currently and formerly in the foster care system.