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My Brother's Keeper: Helping Address The Opportunity Gap Facing Young Men Of Color

Oct 12, 2015

Washtenaw County is now part of a national program called My Brother's Keep. The initiative to addresses the opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color with local branches is a White House program supported by President Barack Obama.


The program focuses on making sure students read at grade level by 3rd grade, graduate high school and attend college to name a few goals. 

Seventeen year old Wallace Hall says the community needs to do a better job at informing young men of color what resources are available to them.

The senior at Ypsilanti Community High School was one of over  100 people attendance at the summit today at Eastern Michigan University.

Many community leaders pledged to help with the program.  Wallace hopes they keep their promise and support them by attending school events such as football, basketball and soccer games.  Wallace wants those leaders to motivate him in person as much as they can.

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— Jorge Avellan is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him studio@wemu.org