Congressman Tim Ryan and Sen. Sherrod Brown Kick Off Initiative to Prepare Students for College and Career Readiness

Nov 14, 2016 Issues: Education

WARREN, OH – U.S. Representative Tim Ryan and Sen. Sherrod Brown helped launch the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program in Warren today. The local initiative helps prepare students for college and career readiness. Ryan and Brown joined community leaders and a group of Mahoning Valley mentors and mentees during the launch at Kent State University’s Trumbull Campus.

“I am proud to help kick-off the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative here in Warren,” said Ryan. “Every young person in our community deserves the same chance at success, regardless of where they start in life. This program will be instrumental for our young people receive the education and training they need to find good paying jobs and lead fulfilling lives.”

“Ohio is losing future doctors, engineers, teachers, and entrepreneurs because of an opportunity gap,” said Brown. “My Brother’s Keeper is about building strong children, who will grow into the leaders of the future, and who won’t be bound by a society that has too often been set up to hold them back.”

The local My Brother’s Keeper initiative will work to connect male students of color with community leaders through mentoring relationships and educational events. This program is aligned with the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper national initiative and its goal to ensure that all youth receive a quality high school education and graduate with the skills and tools needed to advance to postsecondary education or training.

In September 2014, President Obama issued a challenge to cities across the country to become “MBK Communities.” This challenge represents a call to action and encourages communities to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born. Nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives across 43 states and the District of Columbia have accepted the MBK Community Challenge.

The six goals of the Challenge are:

  • Ensuring all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally ready;
  • Ensuring all children read at grade level by 3rd grade;
  • Ensuring all youth graduate from high school;
  • Ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education or training;
  • Ensuring all youth out of school are employed; and
  • Ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime.

Community leaders can lay the groundwork for an MBK Community in four steps:

1.      Accept the President’s Challenge.

2.      Convene a “Local Action Summit” to build an MBK Community.

3.      Conduct a policy review and form recommendations for action.

4.      Launch a plan of action, next steps, and a timetable for review.