My Brother’s Keeper Cincinnati is committed to disrupting and eradicating the chronic social, mental, economical, and educational barriers for boys and young males of color between the ages of 5-21. MBK Cincinnati seeks to work in partnership with parents and policy leaders to confront the cumulative adverse experiences that have had intergenerational effects for communities of color in Cincinnati.
Our vision is that one day every boy and young man of color within our region will have equal access to wealth creation.
We aspire to close the wealth gap by educating and empowering every boy and young man of color within our region, one individual at a time.
THE SIX MILESTONES
The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance focuses on six key life milestones that are proven, through extensive research, to be predictive of future vocational, familial, and personal success.
Although the factors that influence success at each stage are complex and interdependent, by focusing on these milestones, doing what works, and removing/ avoiding roadblocks that hinder progress, we can provide young people with the opportunity and the propertools to invest in their future.
GETTING A HEALTHY START & ENTERING SCHOOL READY TO LEARNClose the Word Gap and Support Enriching Home Environments Implement Universal Early Health and Developmental Screenings Ensure Access to High-Quality Early Care and Education Invest in a High-Quality Workforce of Early Childhood Teachers Eliminate Suspensions and Expulsions in Early Learning Settings
READING AT GRADE LEVEL BY 3RD GRADEPromote Family-School-Community Partnerships to Support Joint Book Reading and In-Home Literacy Bring Successful Evidence-Based Practices to Scale
KEEPING KIDS ON TRACK & GIVING THEM SECOND CHANCESReduce Violence in High-Risk Communities by Integrating Public Health Approaches Reform the Juvenile and Criminal Justice Systems to Keep Youth and Young Adults on Track Encourage Law Enforcement and Neighborhoods to Work Together Eliminate Unnecessary Barriers to Reentry and Encourage Fair Chance Hiring Options Address Possibility of Disproportionate Minority Contact Improve Data
COMPLETING POST SECONDARY EDUCATION OR TRAININGImprove College Advising Services and Support Tools Aim Higher in High School by Encouraging FAFSA Completion and Post-Secondary Applications Expand Access to Early College, Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate Courses, and Rigorous College Prep Increase Development and Adoption of Promising and Proven College Completion and Transfer Strategies Support Young People To and Through College
GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL READY FOR COLLEGE & CAREERIncrease Student Attendance and Reduce Dropouts – Especially Among the Most Vulnerable, such as Foster and Homeless Youth Create the Conditions for High-Quality Education for All Accelerate Efforts to Transform High Schools with the Lowest Graduation Rates Promote the Use of Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline Practices Increase Access to and Success in Rigorous Coursework
SUCCESSFULLY ENTERING THE WORKFORCEImplement Broad Growth and Opportunity Agenda Increase Entry-Level Job, Mentorship, Job Training, and Apprenticeship Options Help Grow and Improve Summer Jobs Initiatives