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 About Us

Rochester My Brother’s Keeper mission is to build safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued, are engaged, and have equitable access to Programming, Youth Development, Mentoring, and other opportunities that lead to future success. 

What is My Brother's Keeper?

President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address the persistent opportunity gaps boys and young men of color face and to ensure all young people can reach their full potential.

NATIONAL MBK MILESTONES: At the national level, MBK is focused on six milestones:

1. Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn

— All children should have a healthy start and enter school ready – cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally.

2. Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade

— All children should be reading at grade level by age 8 – the age at which reading to learn becomes essential.

3. Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career

— All youth should receive a quality high school education and graduate with the skills and tools needed to advance to postsecondary education or training.

4. Completing Postsecondary Education or Training

— Every American should have the option to attend postsecondary education and receive the education and training needed for the quality jobs of today and tomorrow.

5. Successfully Entering the Workforce

— Anyone who wants a job should be able to get a job that allows them to support themselves and their families.

6. Keeping Kids on Track and Giving Them Second Chances

— All youth and young adults should be safe from violent crime; and individuals who are confined should receive the education, training, and treatment they need for a second chance.

Want to get involved?
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MBK on The Move

On February 16, 2024 Che’ Hagins, Coordinator of ROC MBK program, along with the MBK Mentors, had the esteem pleasure of escorting the MBK Fellows as they presented their speeches at the New York State Department of Education “Stand and Deliver” and the New York State Association of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislator (NYSABPRHAL) “Leaders of Tomorrow” Conference held in Albany, NY.


For more information on ROC MBK contact

Che’ Hagins (he/him), Coordinator of ROC MBK Initiatives
City of Rochester, Department of Recreation and Human Services
57 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14604
Office: (585) 428-7938