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Last updated: 8/2/18

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.

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

My Brother's Keeper Boston map
  • 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.

Follow and join the conversation

For local updates, use #MBKBoston.  For national updates, use #MyBrothersKeeper.

Want to learn more about youth engagement?

Visit the BCYF Youth Engagement and Employment page for more information.

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

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.

You can learn more about the members of the My Brother's Keeper Boston Advisory Committee below.