Latimer Pledges to Extend MBK Program, Making Westchester First Countywide My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in State
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Today, surrounded by local elected officials and community activists George Latimer, Democratic nominee for Westchester County Executive, announced his plan for Countywide adoption of the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) program.
The My Brother’s Keeper program was created in 2014 under the Obama Administration to break the cycle of poverty by providing educational and economic opportunities to young men/boys of color. Through mentorship and personal development, participants are challenged to hit key educational and life milestones such as graduating from high school and obtaining gainful employment in the workforce.
“I am proud to join my colleagues in supporting a countywide adoption of the My Brother’s Keeper program. While Westchester has some of the wealthiest communities in the state, we also have communities that could use better resources, and this income inequality threatens our long-term economic sustainability. As all of Westchester’s communities become more diverse, expanding this initiative will help narrow the opportunity gap, which benefits every resident of our county,” said Latimer.
The announcement took place at the Peter Bracey Houses in New Rochelle, which is the first municipality in Westchester to accept the My Brother’s Keeper challenge. Currently, only seven of Westchester’s 48 municipalities participate in the initiative. The growth of the My Brother’s Keeper program in Westchester would create a larger coalition of municipalities that would benefit from the educational and economic opportunities the program provides.
“Taking My Brothers Keeper countywide will increase the odds of our young men and women of color having better educational and life outcomes. We need the entire County engaged in a dialogue about issues affecting young people today, working to keep them on the right track,” said Delia Farquharson, Co-convener of My Brother’s Keeper program in Mount Vernon.
“Ensuring that all of our young people in Westchester County have the opportunities to succeed in life and reach their potential is critically important. I am delighted that with George Latimer as County Executive, My Brother’s Keeper Westchester will finally become a reality countywide,” said Jared Rice, New Rochelle City Councilman and MBK Co-Chair.
“George Latimer has always been a champion of education in New York State, fighting alongside us for programs that improve the educational outcomes of our youth. I am proud to stand here today to show my support for his expansion of the My Brother’s Keeper program,”said Aisha Cook, Vice President of the New Rochelle Federation of United School Employees.
“My Brother’s Keeper is a successful program to reduce the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to make sure all young people are able to reach their full potential. It has had a great impact on so many communities. I strongly support George Latimer’s proposal to make My Brother’s Keeper a county-wide program to help improve the lives of many more of our youth in all of Westchester County,” said State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
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