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Last updated: 8/25/17

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 mbk@boston.gov.

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 mbk@boston.gov.

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 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.

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
More City news

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

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.

Members are local leaders and experts from government, the private sector, community-based groups, academia, and clergy.

Name Position and company
Mo Barbosa Director of Community Engagement, Training, and Capacity Building, Health Resource In Action
Devin Edwards Legislative Aid
Joe Feaster McKenzie and Associates PC
Willie Gross Chief, Boston Police Department
Malachi Hernandez Northeastern Student
Marty Martinez Executive Director, Mass Mentoring
Makeeba McCreary

Schools Managing Director and Senior Advisor of External Affair, Boston Public Schools

Thaddeus Miles Director of Community Services MassHousing
Joel Mora Manager, Hyde Square Task Force
James Morton President and CEO YMCA of Greater Boston
Dan Mulhern Director of The Mayor’s Office of Public Safety
Edward Powell Executive Director of STRIVE / Vice President of Programs, Justice Resource Institute
Marta Rivera Greater Boston Latino Network
Freddie Velez Executive Director Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) Boston
Rev. Liz Walker Minister, The Walker Group
David Wright Executive Director, Black Ministerial Alliance