It has been over two years since I visited The White House for the first time to attend President Obama's Town Hall for his My Brother's Keeper initiative. White House officials have assembled a national day of action to bring awareness to mentor-ship opportunities as they prepare to turn the keys over to the new administration.
The national day of action has been called in conjunction with a final convening of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force under President Obama's leadership. I was unable to attend this convening since we had a board meeting last night, but FWISD Chief of Equity and Excellence Sherry Breed and My Brother's Keeper Student Coordinator Rickie Clark attended in my place. (You can see them in the photo above. Ms Breed is the lady in the green and black suit with her arms on the banister, and Rickie is directly behind her.)
The goals of My Brother's Keeper are these:
Ensuring all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready
Ensuring all children read at grade level by 3rd grade
Ensuring all youth graduate from high school
Ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education or training
Ensuring all youth out of school are employed
Ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime
It has been the honor of a lifetime to be able to serve on this task force under President Obama, Broderick Johnson, and Michael Smith. Although our work in DC has come to a conclusion for now, we are still moving full steam ahead in Fort Worth ISD developing a racial equity policy and strategic plan. This work also goes hand in hand with the 100x25 reading initiative launched by Dr Kent Scribner and the business community.
The national day of action is specifically bringing awareness to the disparity of mentors in urban education settings. Our need for positive mentors that will keep our children in school and help them navigate their education is more important now than ever. Please consider becoming a mentor today.