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.
The application period for our mini grants program has ended. For information about future applications, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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|
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|