Sunday, September 27, 2020

Community Leaders Help Black and Latino Young Men Succeed

On Friday, the My Brother’s Keeper program held an all-day event highlighting the group’s achievements since the group was formed in 2014. The program convened a discussion on how to talk solutions, not problems, to help black and Latino young men in Boston succeed.

“This is a pretty emotional day for me,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh, recognizing people who have been involved in the program from the start.

The Boston Chapter of My Brother’s Keeper was modeled after an initiative from former president Barack Obama to resolve persistent opportunity gaps and challenges facing black and Latino young men. The Friday event featured workshops, panel discussions, and awards to people – community leaders Mel King, Greg Hill, and Felix D. Arroyo.

“I want these young brothers to know that we do this work for you,’’ said Conan Harris, director of the city’s My Brother’s Keeper program.

Organizers also held a “solution session” at the Bruce Bolling Municipal Building, during which the group introduced its new advisory board. The focus on Friday included an invitation to the public to help recruit mentors and support efforts to boost young men of color.

Boston Globe