Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance
In February 2017, the city of Las Vegas, Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services and the Clark County School District, in conjunction with numerous community partners, launched the reorganized Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. This alliance evolved from the original 2014 My Brother’s Keeper Initiative with the new aim of developing work groups to improve the lives of boys and young men of color in the Las Vegas area. The alliance has been divided into three primary task forces: Community Engagement, Educational Equity and Law Enforcement. Leaders and volunteers from each of these sectors have convened numerous task force meetings since May 2017 to work toward specific goals and the development of targeted initiatives related to moving the My Brother’s Keeper mission and vision forward.
Annually, the Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance hosts several events to address issues negatively affecting boys and young men of color. The signature event is the annual “Eliminating School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System” conference. This statewide conference includes national experts in implicit bias awareness and reducing disproportionate school exclusion with the goal of keeping kids in school and out of court. Speakers and panelists for this conference include youth, legislators, advocates, educators and nationally recognized specialists. The conference includes participation from educators, community members, elected officials, law enforcement, clinicians and other key stakeholders.
The work of the Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance benefits countless youth throughout Nevada because of its strategies for affecting positive change in legislation and policies, but the targeted population is primarily boys and young men of color.
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