I AM MY BROTHER'S KEEPER

HISTORY

MBK Newark was established in 2014 when Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s office accepted the Call to Action from the National My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. Over the last five years, MBK Newark has kept a laser focus on closing opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color led by three guiding principles: Mentoring, violence reduction and second chances; and connecting young boys and men with living wage jobs.

ABOUT MY BROTHER'S KEEPER NEWARK

As members of the Newark Opportunity Youth Network (Newark OYN), My Brother’s Keeper Newark (MBKN) will lead future policy and advocacy initiatives connected to Newark’s community of opportunity youth - 16- to 24-years-olds who lack access to school, training or regular jobs. New Jersey has approximately 123,000 youth disconnected from traditional schools or employment, and 7,000 of those young people live in the city of Newark. Newark OYN is committed to bettering the lives of this population by:
  1. designing education programs for opportunity youth;
  2. providing support systems for young people beyond graduation; and
  3. advocating for policy changes that impact the success of opportunity youth.
MBK Newark will coordinate collective action projects within the network - including compiling data and research, organizing learning opportunitites, facilitating policy advocacy and support initiatives that uplift young men of color. 

Moving forward:

Newark OYN has crafted a plan to make significant impacts in four overarching areas: education, criminal justice, healthcare and workforce. Armed with better data and proven successes, our goal is to uncover solutions to the problems affecting the  nearly 7,000 opportunity youth in Newark, alongside the 123,000 opportunity youth across New Jersey.

MAYOR RAS J. BARAKA

“In 2014, President Obama established the My Brother's Keeper initiative to improve outcomes and tackle persistent opportunity gaps and challenges to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential in America. I am proud to carry on this important work with Newark MBK and OYN. Together, their collective voice will continue to move Newark foward and create sustainable solutions that speak to the needs and priorities of our community.”

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