Changing Lives for Boys and Men of Color With “My Brother’s Keeper”

May 30, 2014 | by The National Council on Crime and Delinquency

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Today’s call to action by the White House detailing important steps for community organizations, foundations, and other charitable groups across the country to take in order to concretely advance President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is both welcome and encouraging. This initiative is an important framework to direct positive policy solutions that address the many challenges facing boys and men of color in our nation.

Today’s call to action by the White House detailing important steps for community organizations, foundations, and other charitable groups across the country to take in order to concretely advance President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is both welcome and encouraging. This initiative is an important framework to direct positive policy solutions that address the many challenges facing boys and men of color in our nation.

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) is proud to be part of this effort and to work cooperatively with our many partners in the areas of juvenile justice, adult justice, child welfare, education, and adult protective services. President Obama’s initiative and commitment have already changed the landscape of this important work, and momentum is building to make real and lasting change.

NCCD, together with our partners, will help achieve the goals of “My Brother’s Keeper” through a number of youth-focused projects including:

  • Our groundbreaking restorative justice work, which can help keep young people out of the juvenile justice system, thereby giving them a greater chance to reach educational goals;
  • Our deep and historic commitment to research, data collection, and analysis—including our recent series of reports on youth deincarceration—in order to engage in evidence-based decision making and improve outcomes across social justice systems; and
  • The innovative Pay for Success model we are pioneering in California, which promises to advance projects and produce sustainable results related to “My Brother’s Keeper.”

As a nation and as a community of concerned and engaged citizens and organizations, much work lies ahead in order to realize the goals and promise of President Obama’s vision for “My Brother’s Keeper.” The President reminds us today that the achievement of equality and justice in our society is an enduring challenge we all continue to collectively address. The President has called on us to join together and make our nation stronger; we accept the work ahead of us to reach our common goals.