Launched by President Barack Obama in 2014, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA) encourages communities to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born. MBKA is a program of the Obama Foundation.

My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper (MBSK) Orange County aims to increase the number of youth of color who have access to the tools and opportunities needed to reach their full potential while working to address the larger structural issues that create inequalities for black and brown families. This work entails convening partners and local community leaders to provide input, resources, and expertise, including:

  1. Providing youth with high-quality mentoring relationships and leadership development opportunities; and
  2. Promoting collaboration, shared learning, and collective impact work among Orange County youth serving organizations to support systems change

MBSK Orange County Priority Areas

The original My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Report presented to President Obama identified six (6) milestones for local responses to consider in designing and developing their individual action plans so that all young Americans have the tools and opportunities to reach their full potential. Recognizing that youth programs and mentoring resources are in progress and available in Orange County, MBSK Orange County is focused on the following 3 priority areas:

  1. Ensuring youth graduate from high school
  2. Ensuring youth complete post-secondary education or training
  3. Ensuring youth out of school are employed

Strategies for Achievement

Youth Program Development

MBSK Orange County advances the quality of the local mentoring and youth development field by building relationships with new and existing mentoring and youth programs and provides a range of capacity building efforts to help these programs incorporate or enhance quality mentoring practices that lead to long term sustainability.

For more information about Youth Program Development, contact Sonia Frischemeier at sfrischemeier@mentornc.org.

Youth Leadership Development

MBSK Orange County operates an intensive youth mentoring and leadership development program for students grades 5 – 12 during the school year to (1) enhance academic performance; (2) develop interpersonal skills; (3) build leadership skills; and (4) build a positive support network to ensure that students are college and career ready.