President Obama has decided to give back to the community in another big, yet small way.
It’s been two years since the murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin and the Commander-in-Chief (alongside the First Lady Michelle Obama) decided to start a community initiative which will focus on helping young minority boys & men succeed and avoid violence.
There will also be a “My Brother’s Keeper Task Force” under the direction of Cabinet secretary and assistant to Obama, Broderick Johnson. Other senior officials set to take part in the initiative are Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and more.
And although this is a step forward in lowering violence and raising more accomplished young men and boys of color, the President stressed that the program will take a community effort and will not substitute parenting
And in this [focused] effort, government cannot play the only or even the primary role. We can help give every child access to quality preschool and help them start learning from an early age. But we can’t replace the power of a parent who is reading to that child. We can reform our criminal justice system to ensure that it’s not infected with biased, but nothing keeps a young man out of trouble like a father who takes an active role in his son’s life.
The nonprofit initiative entails a “$200 million commitment from nine foundations” and hopes to sign on private businesses and corporations pledging to mentor and hire young minority men in the program.