Amidst fresh announcements of new presidential candidates for November 2016 and heated debates on the matter, the United States current President is on track to be shaping a legacy that lasts, albeit the almost two years he still has to spend in office.
President Obama is to launch a project that aims at expanding the horizons of young men of color. The foundation that spins out of a program the president has created for the same purposes is called My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and is a declared nonprofit organization carrying on the work of My Brother Keeper’s initiative. The Alliance is set to play an important role in the President Obama’s life post-office. Initially, the initiative started as a public private partnership in a bid to position young men of color at the same level with their peers regarding educational and employment opportunities.
The deaths of young African Americans across the United States of America left a sour aftertaste and frustration in connection to the way these young people and their communities were still perceived. The program initiated by the President aimed at helping those who are struggling to finish high school. At the same time, it targeted skills developing in the same communities, trying to find at least a partial response to keeping young color men out of the streets. The demonstrations, outrage and riots that heated the territory of the US funneled even more energy into the creation of the initiative.
Now, the Alliance will continue to be part of a long term solution proposed by the US President and coordinated between businesses, foundations and community groups. So far the funding of the program reached 300 million dollars and will continue to grow, vouched President Obama who sees his involvement in the Alliance continuing after the presidential mandate is over.
The trip to Lehman College in Bronx, New York where the Alliance is launched today is deemed to be exactly the pledge the African American community is looking for from the President.
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