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My Brother’s Keeper

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About

About

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The city of Las Vegas works with community partners to improve the outcomes for boys and young men of color through the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative. President Barack Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential.

Nearly 250 cities, towns, counties and tribal nations in all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia are working across sectors and organizations to convene leaders, identify effective strategies and affect change in their local communities.

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 the 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. 

Task Forces

Task Forces

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Community Engagement: Committed to attracting community partners who are working toward improving life outcomes for youth of color and engaging them in meaningful dialogue and interventions. This task force aims to support youth by developing, implementing, and evaluating existing and innovative programs to empower the community.

Educational Equity: Monitors policies that contribute to disproportionality and make evidence-based recommendations to maximize opportunities for students of color to succeed. Supports alignment of innovative programs to promote access to early childhood education, grade-level academic performance and high school graduation.

Law Enforcement: Committed to bridging the gap between the youth of color and law enforcement in Las Vegas. Eliminating the “School to Prison” pipeline will help provide a better outcome for youth who may be going through a difficult time in their life. Law enforcement offers education, training and treatment to give the youth a second chance.

Resources

Resources

Below are listings of opportunities for youth interested in learning more about careers, volunteering, internships and employment opportunities.

Annual Conference

Annual Conference

Fighting for our Future: Healing our Community to Heal our Youth

The annual Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance conference provides the Southern Nevada community, and applicable statewide community members, ( school administration, law enforcement, juvenile justice teams, legislators and community members) with the information and tools to end disproportionate minority contact. The virtual conference took place Jan. 24-25. 

MBK Community Challenge

MBK Community Challenge

  1. Ensuring all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready.
  2. Ensuring all children read at grade level by third grade.
  3. Ensuring all youth graduate from high school.
  4. Ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education or training.
  5. Ensuring all youth out of school are employed.
  6. Ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime.
Goals

Goals

  1. All children will be ready for Kindergarten and reading at grade level by third grade.
  2. All young people will graduate from high school ready for post-secondary school.
  3. The “School to Prison” pipeline will be eliminated.
  4. Bridging the gap between law enforcement, schools and families.
  5. Identifying mentoring resources in the community for youth.
  6. Finding the common ground to stop the violence. 
Leadership Opportunities

Leadership Opportunities

My Brother’s Keeper Leaders are committed to serving a two-year term with the option to extend. If you are interested in joining the Las Vegas MBK Alliance Leadership team please fill out the application 

Your application will be reviewed by the current leadership team and two members of the designated task force. Finalists for the position will participate in a brief interview. Along with the application, interested parties should also submit a resume and three references to Sheena Judie-Mitchell at smitchell@lasvegasnevada.gov

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Contact Us

Contact Us

For additional information about the Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, please contact Sheena- Judie-Mitchell at 702.229.4075 or Smitchell@lasvegasnevada.gov

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Presentation Materials

Presentation Materials

Partners
Speakers

Speakers

Dr. Nancy B. Gutierrez

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Dr. Nancy B. Gutiérrez is the President and CEO of the Leadership Academy, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating culturally responsive leadership in school and system leaders. Dr. Gutiérrez proudly began her career as a teacher and award-wining principal in her home community of East San Jose, California. Dr. Gutiérrez holds an Ed.L.D., from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Gutiérrez teaches at Harvard, New York University (NYU), and Latinos for Education; she serves on the boards of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC), the Hunt Institute, and Brightbeam. Dr. Gutiérrez is a fall 2019 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow, and in 2020 was named one of the top 100 most influential leaders in education the state of New York. Dr. Gutiérrez received Citizen of the Year distinction in 2020 by The Epsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and named an “Empowered Leader” by the New York State Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents in 2021.


Dr. Susan Faircloth

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Dr. Susan Faircloth is one of the few American Indian scholars in the field of Educational Leadership/Administration; Dr. Faircloth is a first generation college graduate, the daughter of parents who graduated from the first American Indian elementary and secondary school in their community. Dr. Faircloth has served as a senior associate editor of the American Journal of Education and member of the editorial board of the Journal of American Indian Education, and is the current Chair of the technical review panel for the National Indian Education Study. She has published widely in such journals as Educational Administration Quarterly, the Harvard Educational Review, and the Journal of Special Education Leadership, to name a few. Dr. Faircloth is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar to New Zealand, and Ford Foundation Postdoctoral scholar with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Faircloth is a research Fellow with the American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Research Center, and a recent William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations. She currently is a professor and Director of the School of Education at Colorado State University. Dr. Faircloth is a graduate of the American Indian Leadership Program (AILP) at Penn State. She also served as the co-director and director of the AILP between 2003 and 2012.


Kwesi Millington

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Mr. Kwesi Millington is a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Officer, who has overcome struggles professionally, and personally dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Depression. Mr. Millington is an author, award winning public speaker and Resilience Expert and Certified Wellness Coach who now, teaches youth and high-stress organizations how to avoid burnout, build mental health and cultivate resilience in their lives. Mr. Millington’s story is known nationally and is the subject of the best-selling book, Blamed and Broken. After overcoming a decade long struggle, which included public scrutiny, a wrongful conviction and unjustified incarceration, he has turned the ability to rise above adversity into messages that transform his audiences for the better.


Rick Miller

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Mr. Richard Miller is the founder and CEO of Kids at Hope, an international child, and youth development organization that studies family, school, and community cultures to understand better the dynamics of success and failure. Miller has spent 48 years in the field of child and youth development as a practitioner, researcher, teacher, public policy expert, and author. Mr. Miller’s research is revolutionizing the understanding of child and youth development and cultures. Mr. Miller’s work is modeled in 21 states and Canada, his work is cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and adopted by the Arizona Supreme Court to help redefine the juvenile justice system from risk to hope. Mr. Miller is the author of three books and two comic books. He has received Arizona State University’s Visionary Award; the City of Phoenix, Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream Award; and the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge George Washington Medal. Included in his many keynotes, workshops, seminars, and symposiums is a TED Talk. In addition to his work with Kids at Hope, Mr. Miller is a professor of practice at Arizona State University's T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamic; he also conducts research and keynotes conferences with a message of hope, its healing powers and its ability to enable us all to bounce back.


Dr. Celeste Malone

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Dr. Celeste Malone is an associate professor and coordinator of the school psychology program at Howard University. She received her MS in school counseling from Johns Hopkins University, her PhD in school psychology from Temple University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in child clinical and pediatric psychology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Malone’s primary research interest relates to multicultural and diversity issues embedded in the training and practice of school psychology. Specifically, her work addresses the development of multicultural competence through education and training, diversification of the profession of school psychology, and the relationship between culturally responsive practice and PK-12 student outcomes. Related to her interest in professional issues in school psychology, Dr. Malone has continuously held leadership positions in psychology professional associations. She is an elected member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Educational Affairs, the governance group which develops policies for education and training in psychology. Dr. Malone is also the President-Elect of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and will serve as the 2022-2023 NASP President. Notably, she will be the second person of color to ever serve in this role. Dr. Malone has been recognized for her ongoing leadership and commitment to social justice in psychology by presidential recognitions from NASP, the Maryland School Psychologists’ Association, and A PA Division 16 School Psychology.

Past Conferences

Past Conferences

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