Youth Advocacy USA : Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative Gets $100 Million in Donations from Emerson Collective and Others

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According to Philanthropy News Digest today…

logo keepersbook coverThe White House has announced new commitments totaling more than $100 million in support of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative launched in February to expand opportunity and improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color.

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The latest commitments to the public-private partnership include $50 million from the Emerson Collective, founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, to connect Silicon Valley innovators with school districts working to redesign high schools to meet the needs of the new economy and develop educational models that increase engagement and success among underserved students. In addition, the NBA and the National Basketball Retired Players Association announced a five-year partnership with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, Team Turnaround, and the Council of the Great City Schools in support of efforts to reduce dropout rates, improve the worst-performing schools, and recruit high-quality mentors; AT&T pledged $18 million — as part of a broader $350 million commitment to improve high school success and workforce readiness for at-risk students — to launch the Aspire Mentoring Academy Corps, expand online mentoring, develop a mentoring app, and pilot a STEM mentoring program; the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention announced a three-year, $10 million commitment to create a Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps; and the U.S. Forest Service and AmeriCorps announced a $3.8 million commitment to connect youth with service opportunities restoring the nation’s forests and grasslands.

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