My Brother’s Keeper Boston
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.
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:
- Cover sheet or routing sheet
- Proposal title
- Project summary (limited to one page)
- Project narrative (limited to one page)
- Timeline of your action plan (limited to one page)
- List the literature you cite
- Your budget, and the reason for the size of your budget
- Other internal and external grants you submitted or received, if it applies to you.
- Become a mentor. Interested in becoming a caring adult mentor for a young person in Boston? Join the Mayor's Mentoring Movemen by visiting www.bostonmentors.org 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.
News and announcements
In September 2014, Mayor Walsh created the My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Boston Advisory Committee. The Committee focuses on reaching milestones relative to:
- 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.
|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|