My Brother’s Keeper (MBK-Albion/Battle Creek/Jackson) is a tri-city transformation and collective empowerment collaboration. President Barack Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge in February 2014. MBK Albion/Battle Creek/Jackson took on the MBK Challenge and became a local affiliate Sept. 2020. MBK- Albion/Battle Creek/Jackson represents one of over 200 communities nationally, and a dozen within Michigan, to have accepted the MBK Community Challenge. MBK communities at large seek to establish cradle to career pathways of success for young men of color in cities, counties, and tribal communities nationwide. MBK will be using tools such as cross-sector partnerships, holding space for intergenerational connection, community-based planning and advocacy to transform the lives of boys and men of color in the both Calhoun and Jackson Counties with a concentration on the cities of Albion, Battle Creek and Jackson.
My Brother’s Keeper (MBK- Albion/Battle Creek/Jackson) exists to impact boys and men of color by empowering multiple generations to build community, and use innovative means to change narratives, practices, and policies, resulting in improved outcomes for boys and young men of color in the Albion, Battle Creek and Jackson communities.
Albion, Battle Creek and Jackson will be communities where boys and young men of color thrive- having full access and support to educational and economic opportunities, strong support and care from an intergenerational community of men of color, and are positively acknowledged by the community at large.
AREAS OF FOCUS
MBK’s work is rooted in six key life milestones that research shows are especially predictive of later success, and where interventions can have the greatest impact.
Although the factors that influence success at each stage are complex and interdependent, by focusing on these milestones, doing what works and removing or avoiding roadblocks that hinder progress, we can provide young people the opportunity and the tools to get ahead.