Look: President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Program Just Introduced a Very Cool Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 28: President Barack Obama poses with children on the basketball court during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House March 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. The tradition dates back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes allowed children to roll eggs on the South Lawn. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Look: President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Program Just Introduced a Very Cool Initiative

Here's all the ways #FirstJobCompact will help America's youth.

Published October 11, 2016

One of the most successful social programs started by President Obama has been My Brother’s Keeper. The MBK task force was put into motion to ensure that all of America’s young men of color have an opportunity to reach their full potential.

Tonight, ESPN will host a Town Hall with President Obama at North Carolina A&T State University to discuss a new initiative put forward for My Brother’s Keeper. The new initiative, titled First Job Compact, will help young people find jobs and internship opportunities. Additionally, the Sprint Corporation and its partners has announced they will provide one million high-school students who do not have the internet at home with new digital devices paired with four years of mobile broadband connectivity.

Here are some of the ways the new plans for My Brother’s Keeper will aid and serve America’s Black youth. 

  1. "Identify jobs and internships that can be filled by people ages 16-24 who have little or no prior experience"

    For example, companies such as Gap Inc., New York Life Insurance, Chipotle Mexican Grill and CVS Health have committed to participating in the program and making sure they work to hire young people who may not have otherwise been given employment.  

    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium on September 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. The conference provides tribal leaders with opportunity to interact directly with federal government officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)
  2. "Partner with nonprofits, school districts, workforce development boards and others to help identify and recruit opportunity youth"
    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 22:  U.S. President Barack Obama  visits a pre-schoolers classroom after delivering remarks at Adas Israel Congregation in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month May 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama's visit to the synagogue also coincides with Solidarity Shabbat, "when government officials in Europe and North America take part in synagogue visits and other events to highlight their commitment to combating anti-Semitism."  (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)
  3. "Develop a plan to support opportunity youth once hired so they can gain the skills and experiences needed to move up"

    CVS Health will launch my CVS Journey. CVS Journey will be a series of STEM-enriched programs designed to inspire young people to seek a diverse set of career paths in health care, including retail pharmacy, professional management, nursing and information technology. 

    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 17: President Barack Obama speaks to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 46th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner, September 17 2016, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
  4. "Take steps to create data systems to track and capture results"
    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24:  U.S President Barack Obama speaks at the opening ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. The museum is opening thirteen years after Congress and President George W. Bush authorized its construction. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
  5. "Develop internal and external communications strategy to share outcomes of opportunity youth hiring initiatives"

    In 2017, the MBK Alliance will launch an online community to share best practices and resources.

    LIBERTY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20:  U.S. President Barack Obama greets a young girl after speaking to workers during a visit to the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant on September 20, 2013 in Liberty, Missouri. Obama toured the facility and spoke to employees.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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