White House Celebrates Major Investment in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative
White House Celebrates Major Investment in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ InitiativeCollege Board Communications
During a recent event at the Walker-Jones Education Campus in Washington DC, President Barack Obama announced an additional $100 million in funding from public and private organizations for My Brother’s Keeper, a White House initiative dedicated to ensuring that boys and young men of color have the tools and support they need to reach their full potential.
The president joined distinguished guests, including NBA All-Star Chris Paul, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, and Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton, to discuss the opportunities and persistent challenges that face young men of color.
The College Board, one of several organizations that have pledged their support for this initiative, was recognized for its “All In” campaign, which works to ensure that African American, Latino, and Native American students have access to the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) and other rigorous academic opportunities. Three AP student representatives who exemplify how such access can lead to lifelong learning and success were invited to participate in a town hall session with President Obama.
- Derrick Simmons, a recent graduate of Howard University with a degree in mathematics, is working on his teaching degree from American University and will begin student teaching at Dunbar High School in Washington this fall. He took eight AP Exams in high school and was one of the very few African American males in the country to receive an AP Scholar with Honor distinction from the College Board.
- Julius Figueroa graduated from West Leyden High School just outside of Chicago and plans to major in philosophy at Columbia University this fall. He took six AP courses in high school, often speaks about learning for learning’s sake, and created a self-directed independent study to read important philosophy texts. In addition to participating in the town hall, Julius was featured on a panel along with the CEO of AT&T and a superintendent representing the Council of the Great City Schools, where they discussed linking education to workforce training and future employment.
- Luis Jose Hernandez cites his AP Environmental Science class as his most impactful academic experience, and he will study science at Fordham University this fall. Luis was raised in the South Bronx by Dominican immigrant parents who did not attend college but who pushed him to excel in school to escape poverty.
My Brother’s Keeper is part of the new Presidential Task Force to Expand Opportunity. According to the White House, “The president believes this includes ensuring access to basic health [and] nutrition and to high-quality early education to get these kids reading and ready for school at the youngest age.”
The College Board is solidifying its partnership with the Council of the Great City Schools to dramatically increase the proportion of African American, Latino, and Native American students with AP potential who are enrolled in AP classes.
Watch the full video from the White House event: