It has been one year since our BAM students stood beside President Obama at the signing of the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative, a powerful call to action to help more young men of color reach their full potential. Today, groups and individuals in 43 states have accepted the MBK Community Challenge.
In 2014, the BAM program served 1,277 African American and 642 Latino students with demonstrated risk factors (e.g., excessive school absenteeism and/or residency in communities where the homicide rate is 2x the national average). Our partnerships with the University of Chicago Crime Lab, Chicago Public Schools and the City of Chicago have enabled us to scale tremendously and engage more young men. However, the Crime Lab also estimates that more than 7,000 Chicago youth fall under the aforementioned risk factors. Thus, there is even more room for growth.
Our work to make a meaningful difference for youth continues, and through our dedicated staff, generous donors and like-minded community partners we are moving the needle forward. We thank you for your support and hope you will continue to stand with us in 2015 and beyond.