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Obama Builds on Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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President Obama plans to draw from one of Mayor Bloomberg's signature initiatives to ensure young men of color have access to more economic opportunity.

The former mayor will be at the White House Thursday when Obama makes the official announcement.

The new national program is based on Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative, which launched in 2011 to help men of color access education, employment, and mentoring opportunities at more than a dozen city agencies. It was designed using the results of a study commissioned by the city on the barriers facing young black and Latino men compared to their peers.

President Obama talked about the "tough odds" facing men of color in his State of the Union address last month and promised a new initiative to help them reach their full potential.

The White House program will be called "My Brother's Keeper."

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Comments [5]

George from New York City

All politicians should be put to task as to why they are not promoting the celebration or the support of the individual versus this racially motivated initiative to divide our country. Enough of this diversity double speak and lets all mandate our politicians stop race based discrimination of minorities, in this case non-black/non-hispanic. Most politicians don't get that their voters want everyone to have an equal opportunity based on the individual, not one's racial profile.

Feb. 27 2014 10:56 AM
Roy from Queens

@ David from New Jersey These opportunity programs sound racially biased because they specifically ban those who are not either black or hispanic.

David, don't be so asinine. This proposed program is meant for young men who can't get anywhere because of their race.

Feb. 27 2014 10:03 AM
keith from NYC

I am a white male living and working in NYC. I actually work for the city. Being a white male, I am a minority here. Programs like this discriminate against me, and should be helping minorities, which in my city are not covered by this initiative.

Feb. 27 2014 09:59 AM
David from New Jersey

These opportunity programs sound racially biased because they specifically ban those who are not either black or hispanic.

Feb. 27 2014 08:44 AM
Joe Jansen from New York City

Oh1 So this was Bloomberg? Really? http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/african-american-male-initiative

Feb. 26 2014 10:30 PM

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