I am my brother's keeper Five years ago today in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s tragic killing I launched My Brother’s Keeper an initiative designed to expand opportunity and break down the barriers that our boys and young men of color face In the years since My Brother’s Keeper has fought for meaningful policy reforms—reforms that are making a real difference not just for young men but for young women too We’ve fought to expand access to Pell Grants—helping more students including those who are incarcerated get the education they need to build a career We’ve worked to expunge juvenile records—reopening doors that might have been closed off by a youthful mistake We’ve helped reform discriminatory discipline policies in schools across the country—helping more boys and girls get treated fairly regardless of their skin color And by mobilizing and connecting advocacy groups local governments businesses grassroots organizations and faith communities we’ve been able to touch the lives of tens of thousands of young people all across the country through everything from mentoring programs to violence prevention initiatives As part of the Obama Foundation the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance now represents nearly 250 communities nationwide each one dedicated to investing in solutions that work launching new partnerships and tackling the systemic challenges that prevent our young men from reaching their full potential I witnessed that commitment firsthand last week in Oakland at MBK Rising! a celebration of the young men community leaders activists and elected officials driving this movement What I’ll remember most from my time in Oakland are the young leaders I met there They’re from all across the country each one with his own story to tell They’re not just looking to get ahead themselves—they’re reaching back to their communities to help others thrive as well They’re not just boys becoming men—they’re redefining masculinity for their generation and modeling a more inclusive more empathetic more socially responsible bigger-hearted vision of manhood and its responsibilities They’re not just working hard inside the system—they’re demanding that the system itself change so that their generation can fulfill its promise Our country can reach its potential only if these young men can reach theirs That’s why Michelle I and the rest of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance will never stop fighting for them I hope you’ll join us in the fight too To check out the livestream of the Oakland conference or learn more go to obamaorgMBKA Meme

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