My Brother's Keeper Grant Overview
State Education Department Awards $10 Million In My Brother's Keeper Grants For
MBK Challenge Grant Programs And Teacher Opportunity Corps II
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced today that the State Education Department (SED) awarded $10 million in grants to 56 organizations for two New York State My Brother’s Keeper Initiatives: the Teacher Opportunity Corps II (TOC) and the MBK Challenge Grant Program. These grants support programs and strategies to help boys and young men of color—and all students—realize their full potential. Such strategies are explored in a report commissioned and released today by SED.
The report, New York State Education Department My Brother’s Keeper Guidance Document: Emerging Practices for Schools and Communities, provides an overview of the outcome trends among boys of color in K-12 school environments, and a research review of the most prevalent strategies currently being implemented in schools and communities across the country.
“These grants are a critical step in bringing greater equity and fairness to New York’s students, particularly students of color,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. “The funding will improve the quality and diversity of New York’s teaching corps and will help schools and community organizations develop and execute cradle-to-career college strategies. Taken together, these efforts will result in better school and life outcomes for boys and young men of color.”
“To address a problem, you must first understand the full extent of it,” said Commissioner Elia. “The report we’re issuing today provides critically important information about the scope of the issues facing boys and young men of color and the strategies to tackle those problems. Through our next report on how to implement these strategies and the MBK grants, we are helping to improve the futures of boys and young men of color.”
“Through the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, New York State is serving as a national model in exploring strategies to ensure our boys and young men of color can realize their full potential,” said Regent Lester W. Young. “Educators across the state and the country should use these strategies in their schools and classrooms to support all students. We look forward to continued improvements in the lives of boys and young men of color through the extraordinary programs that will be funded with these grants.”
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, “Teachers play a critical role in setting the course for our students’ future achievement. It is important that we pursue a robust and diverse workforce of educators that reflects the diversity of our student body and our state. These grants will open the door for the next generation of talented and dedicated individuals who will be our partners in putting every child on the road to success. I commend the Board of Regents and the State Education Department for their efforts to fully implement the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in our state.”
In 2014, President Barack Obama established the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Task Force at the federal level. The Task Force was an interagency effort focused on closing and eliminating the opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color so that all young people have the chance to reach their full potential. With the adoption of the 2016–2017 New York State budget, New York became the first state to accept the President’s challenge and enacted the My Brother’s Keeper initiative into law. The budget included a $20 million investment in support of the initiative to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color. Among the programs included in the $20 million investment are the MBK Challenge Grant Program and TOC II.
MBK Challenge Grant Program:
The $7 million in grants is designed to encourage regions and school districts to develop and execute coherent cradle-to-career college strategies that are aimed at improving the life outcomes for boys and young men of color and develop and sustain effective relationships with families toward the goal of success for all students. SED awarded $7 million in grants to 40 school districts, working with community-based organizations and other groups to improve family engagement efforts in local communities.
SED awarded grant to Poughkeepsie City School District: $142,419