My Brother's Keeper
In response to the unique needs of the African American male population, several community partners have come together to launch Mansfield as a My Brother's Keeper community. Launched by President Barack Obama, the My Brother's Keeper initiative focuses on young men and boys of color and the challenges they face. The six milestones of the initiative support youth in education, entering the workforce, and staying on track.
There are six milestones in the initiative:
- Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn
- All children should have a healthy start and enter school ready – cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally.
- Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade
- All children should be reading at grade level by age 8 – the age at which reading to learn becomes essential.
- Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career
- All youth should receive a quality high school education and graduate with the skills and tools needed to advance to postsecondary education or training.
- Completing Postsecondary Education or Training
- Every American should have the option to attend postsecondary education and receive the education and training needed for the quality jobs of today and tomorrow.
- Successfully Entering the Workforce
- Anyone who wants a job should be able to get a job that allows them to support themselves and their families.
- Keeping Kids on Track and Giving Them Second Chances
- All youth and young adults should be safe from violent crime; and individuals who are confined should receive the education, training, and treatment they need for a second chance.