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Orange County MBK Members Visit Courthouse in Downtown Hillsborough 


ORANGE COUNTY SUPPORTS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER COMMUNITY CHALLENGE

Orange County along with the Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough have expressed support of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge and invite the community to participate.

In September 2014, Mr. Obama issued a challenge to counties, cities, towns, and tribal nations to become MBK communities. This initiative is a call-to-action for communities across the country “to build and execute robust plans to ensure that all young people—no matter who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born—can achieve their full potential.”

“We have a responsibility to ensure that all young people have the tools and opportunities to reach their full potential,” said Orange County Commissioner Renee Price.

In a joint statement, Mayors Mark Kleinschmidt of Chapel Hill, Lydia Lavelle of Carrboro, and Tom Stevens of Hillsborough expressed their enthusiasm in coming together with Orange County to accept the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge. In doing so, they emphasized that expanding opportunity for youth in their communities, especially youth of color, is a shared priority among them as mayors.

The initiative is focused on six milestones, three of which are the key areas of focus in Orange County:

Ensuring All Youth Graduate From High School

  • Discuss incarceration rate among teens and its effect on graduation
  • Implement a survey of personal and professional interests among teens to identify future plans
  • Create critical thinkers (utilizing technology)
  • Create community teams to empower parents to address student issues
  • Discuss accountability of elected officials
  • Address self-perception amongst teens/community

Ensuring All Youth Complete Post-Secondary Education or Training

  • Develop mentorship program
  • Post-secondary plan of action
  • College readiness and retention
  • Community accountability
  • Collaborative partnership with all stakeholders
  • Financial education on opportunities to remain in college

Ensuring All Youth Out of School Are Employed

  • Identify quality internships
  • Build relationships with Orange County corporations
  • Involve corporations to participate in MBK
  • Better communication within stakeholders for future employment opportunities
  • Continued collaboration

For more information about the President’s MBK Task Force Report and the MBK Community Challenge, please visit www.mbkchallenge.org