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Last updated: 5/21/18

My Brother’s Keeper Boston

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

President Obama created My Brother's Keeper in early 2014. President Obama called on cities to join him in working on the problems facing young men of color. Mayor Walsh responded, launching MBK Boston.

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The My Brother's Keeper Boston program is lead by Director Conan Harris.

About the program

We want 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 want the City's programs, policies, and practices to deliver positive results for residents. To help strengthen outcomes for all Bostonians, especially Black and Latino boys and men, we need to work together across:

  • government and academia
  • the private and public sectors, and
  • clergy, families, and neighborhoods.

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

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:

  1. graduating from high school ready for college and a career
  2. successfully entering the workplace
  3. staying on track, while taking advantage of second chances they receive through valuable experiences, and
  4. increasing the collective action and impact of the City and nonprofits supporting young men and boys of color.

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, and
  8. other internal and external grants you submitted or received, if it applies to you.

Mini grant recipients

Mini grant recipients

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  • Achievers Boston, Sociedad Latina (Mission Hill)
  • Alray Scholars Program (Boston)
  • BCYF Menino Community Center Boys STEAM & Robotics program (Roslindale)
  • Breakfast IV Brothers (Dorchester)
  • Brunch and Ball Youth Mentoring Program (Dorchester)
  • Caribbean Youth Club (Hyde Park, Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury)
  • Castle Square Tenants Organization (South End)
  • Diamond Educators, Boston Public Schools & Department of Youth Services (Boston)
  • Freedom House (Dorchester)
  • Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion (South End)
  • Latino STEM Alliance (Citywide)
  • Level Ground MMA (Downtown)
  • Mattapan Tech, IT job training for youth in computers (Mattapan)
  • More Than Words (South End)
  • No Books No Balls Summer Basketball Camp Project (Roxbury)
  • NUBIA After School Program (Roxbury)
  • Piers Park Sailing Center (East Boston)
  • Project Right (Roxbury, Dorchester)
  • Young Empowerment & Advancing Mentoring program (YEAM), Madison Park Development Corporation (Roxbury)

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 Movement by signing up online! 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

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May 24

Boston to host 12th annual Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color Conference

Mayor's Office
MBK Grant Round 2
Jul 20

Nine organizations selected for My Brother's Keeper mini grants program

Public Safety
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, Chief of Health and Human Services
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
Gina A Patterson  Consultant   TSNE   Missionworks
Rev. Liz Walker Minister, The Walker Group
David Wright Executive Director, Black Ministerial Alliance