Written by: Isla Martinez
The White House hosted its final My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) National Summit yesterday, and celebrated the #IamMBK Digital Day of Action. Our Director of Strategic Partnerships, Dario E. Collado, participated in these efforts to bring more awareness to the cause, and continue motivating and inspiring youth.
Our Director of Strategic Partnerships said, “I was honored and enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of the MBK discussion at the White House yesterday. I think brotherhood and mentorship were the two topics which stood out to me the most. Working with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, we have been able to bring leaders such as Prince Royce and NASCAR Driver Daniel Suarez to share their leadership journeys with kids at the White House. HHF looks forward to our continued work with the MBK Initiative in building great leaders among the youth.”
President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. My Brother’s Keeper focuses on six milestones: getting a healthy start and entering school ready to learn, reading at grade level by 3rd grade, graduating from high school ready for college and career, completing postsecondary education/training, successfully entering the workforce, and keeping kids on track and giving them second chances. Through this initiative, boys and young men have the chance to be mentored, network, and learn the skills they need to be successful.
The MBK National Summit was a day of panels discussing important topics, networking, and closing out with a few remarks by President Obama. Obama said, “This is something that I will be invested in for the rest of my life.”
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation will continue to support efforts that provide young leaders with the support and mentorship needed to succeed.