Grace Bonilla, CHCF President and CEO, participated in a New York City Young Men’s Initiative panel discussion on education issues – part of the national My Brother’s Keeper Community Convening – on Friday, February 27th at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NYC.

In September 2014, President Obama issued a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes across the country to become “MBK Communities” and institute local strategies for improving the wellbeing of all young people throughout their lives regardless of who they are, where they come from, or their circumstances. The six goals of the President’s Challenge are ensuring that all children 1) enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready; 2) read at grade level by 3rd grade; 3) graduate from high school; 4) complete post-secondary education or training; 5) are employed once they’re out of school; 6) remain safe from violent crime.

Grace was joined on the panel by U.S. Department of Education Acting Assistant Secretary Johan E. Uvin, President and CEO of the United Way of New York City Sheena Wright, New York City Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery, and Director of the Expanded Success Initiative Paul Forbes.
This local panel discussion provided an opportunity for community members, elected officials, and partners from across the city to discuss strategies for engaging young men of color in New York City.

Read more on the day’s event on the Department of Education’s website.

And read “My Brother’s Keeper Task Force: One-Year Progress Report to the President.”

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