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Last updated: 7/5/17

My Brother’s Keeper Boston

My Brother's Keeper is a national initiative that addresses persistent opportunity gaps faced by young men of color.

My Brother's Keeper is a national initiative created in early 2014 by President Obama that aims to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by young men of color. When President Obama issued the call to cities to join him in working on the deep rooted problems facing young men, Mayor Walsh responded immediately, launching MBK Boston.

The City aims to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. We're building an engaged community around the vision and mission of My Brother’s Keeper. Learn more about My Brother's Keeper.

We're striving to reach milestones across programs, policies, and practices that will deliver positive results for our residents. As a community, it is up to us to work collaboratively across government, academia, the private and public sectors, clergy, families and neighborhoods to close opportunity gaps and strengthen outcomes for all Bostonians, especially Black and Latino boys and men.

Have questions?

You can contact My Brother's Keeper Boston at

Mapping Momentum report

The "Mapping Momentum" report outlines recommended strategic priorities to improve life outcomes for Black and Latino boys and young men.

Read the report

Mini grants program

The application period for our mini grants program has ended. For information about future applications, please email

Boston's My Brothers Keeper Mini Grant Program is intended to provide support and engagement for young people of color — primarily boys — in the City. The goal is to support mentorship, creative discussions, and activities by nonprofits and organizations who will direct their efforts toward helping young people of color reach these milestones:

  • getting a healthy start and entering school ready to learn
  • reading at their grade level by third grade
  • graduating from high school ready for college and a career
  • completing post secondary education or training
  • successfully entering the workplace, and
  • staying on track, while taking advantage of second chances they receive through valuable experiences.

Grant Awards range from $1,000 - $7,000. We'll award four grantees a month for 10 to 12 months. Please put together your mini-grant proposal in this order:

  1. Cover sheet or routing sheet
  2. Proposal title
  3. Project summary (limited to one page)
  4. Project narrative (limited to one page)
  5. Timeline of your action plan (limited to one page)
  6. List the literature you cite
  7. Your budget, and the reason for the size of your budget
  8. Other internal and external grants you submitted or received, if it applies to you.

How you can get involved

  • Become a mentor. Interested in becoming a caring adult mentor for a young person in Boston? Join the Mayor's Mentoring Movemen by visiting to sign up! The movement is a collaboration between the City of Boston and Mass Mentoring Partnership to recruit new mentors.
  • Attend events. Join us at our community meetings and other events.

In Boston, youth are leading the change

Mayor Martin J. Walsh wrote about the City's work with My Brother's Keeper.

News and announcements

MBK Boston Mini Grant Program
Feb 13

10 organizations to receive funding through MBK Boston's mini grant program

Press Office
Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Feb 29

In Boston, youth are leading the change

Mayor's Office

My Brother's Keeper Boston Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

In September 2014, Mayor Walsh created the My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Boston Advisory Committee. The Committee focuses on reaching milestones relative to:

  • education
  • economic development (including workforce development and business development)
  • health and human services
  • civic engagement, and
  • public safety.

Felix G. Arroyo, Chief of Health and Human Services, and John Barros, Chief of Economic Development, chair the committee. Members are local leaders and experts from government, the private sector, community-based groups, academia, and clergy.

Name Position Company
Felix G. Arroyo (co-chair) Chief of Health and Human Services City of Boston
John Barros (co-chair) Chief of Economic Development City of Boston
Alejandra St. Guillen Director Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians
Arthur Bernard Attorney Cosgrove, Eisenberg & Kiley
Bill Moran President & CEO Bill Moran & Associates
Chris Byner Interim Executive Director Boston Centers for Youth & Families
Tito Jackson City Councilor City of Boston, District 7
Dan Mulhern Senior Advisor Mayor’s Public Safety Initiative
Danielson Tavares Special Assistant to the Mayor Mayor’s Office
David Wright Executive Director Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston
Dion Irish Director Office of Fair Housing & Equity, City of Boston
Don Gillis Executive Director & Executive Vice President Massachusetts Workforce Board Association
Dr. Carroll Blake Executive Director Achievement Gap Department, Boston Public Schools
Emmanuel Tikili Director The Grove Hall Youth Outreach Connection
Giselle Sterling Commissioner Department of Veterans’ Services, City of Boston
Frank M. Ramirez Executive Director East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBECC)
Fred Alvaro Partner-In-Charge Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan
Hakim Cunningham Deputy Director Boston Workers Alliance
Helmsley Alphonse Student, Assistant to the Mayor Wentworth Institute of Technology, Mayor’s Office
Jascha Franklin-Hodge Chief Information Officer City of Boston
Jennifer Aronson Senior Director, Program & Non-profit Effectiveness The Boston Foundation
Jerome Smith Chief of Civic Engagement City of Boston
Jesus Gerena Director Family Independence Initiative
John Jenkins President, Chair Comzer Insurance & West Insurance, MassDOT Board of Directors
Julie Burros Chief of Arts and Culture City of Boston
Keith Williams Director Office of Small & Local Business Enterprise
Lee Pelton President Emerson College
Lisa Clauson Community/Political Director Unite Here Local 26
Manny Lopes CEO East Boston Community Health Center
Marisol Amaya-Aluigi Executive Director La Alianza Hispana
Marty Martinez President & CEO Mass Mentoring Partnership
Michael Bivins Founding Member New Edition, Bel Biv DeVoe
Michael Curry President Boston NAACP
Turahn Dorsey Chief of Education City of Boston
Randall Halstead Superintendent Boston Police Department
Reinier Moquete CEO, Leadership Team Advoqt, Latino STEM Alliance
Evandro Carvalho State Representative 5th Suffolk District, Massachusetts
Robert A. Lewis Founder & CEO Pathways to Redemption
Sam Acevedo Executive Director Boston Higher Education Resource Center
Steven Tompkins Sheriff Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Steven Wright Partner Holland & Knight
Thaddeus Miles Director of Public Safety MassHousing
Trinh Nguyen Interim Director Mayor’s Office of Jobs & Community Service
Yusufi Vali Executive Director Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center