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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

2023 Young Men's Leadership Conference

The 2023 Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance conference is called Level Up, and is scheduled for Jan. 24 and 25. This two-day conference will include national experts, legislators, school administrators, law enforcement, educators, social service providers, clinicians, advocates and other community stakeholders. The conference focuses on strategies and solutions leading to academic success for all children.


Registration 

Day 1 - Jan. 24, 2023

Day 2 - Jan. 25, 2023

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

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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Partners
Speakers

Speakers

John Martin

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John Martin is the director of the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services. He has served more than three decades in law enforcement, both in adult and juvenile arenas. Martin began his career in California before transitioning to Arizona and later Hawaii to assist the states as a subject matter expert with successfully rebuilding their troubled youth correctional systems.

Martin earned his degrees in Criminal Justice Administration and Communications with a master’s degree in Urban Leadership. He is a national speaker for operational issues surrounding cultural change within complex public service agencies, and moonlights as a consultant in relation to law enforcement strategies, collaboration across bureaucratic systems, leadership and training development.

Martin serves on several non-profit boards in Southern Nevada and he is a leading advocate for equity and transparency in law enforcement practices. He enjoys spending time with his family and working on classic cars and motorcycles during his free time.

Colin Seale

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Colin Seale was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York where struggles in his upbringing gave birth to his passion for educational equity. Tracked early into gifted and talented programs, Colin was afforded opportunities his neighborhood peers were not. He has been a math teacher, an attorney and a keynote speaker. He has contributed to Forbes, The 74, Edutopia and Education Post and is the author of "Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students" and "Tangible Equity: A Guide for Leveraging Student Identity, Culture and Power to Unlock Excellence In and Beyond the Classroom."

He founded thinkLaw, a multi-award-winning organization to help educators leverage inquiry-based instructional strategies to close the critical thinking gap and ensure they teach and reach all students, regardless of race, zip code or what side of the poverty line they are born into.

Brian Heat

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Brian Heat is an inspirational speaker, educator and Amazon best selling author with his latest book "Get Ignited: Your Blueprint for Discovering Purpose and Manifesting Dreams." Heat transforms audiences by infusing high-octane motivational and cinematic themes, making his presentations trajectory-changing and unforgettable!. Heat has shared speaking stages with former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Steve Harvey, Halle Berry, Jalen Rose, Hill Harper and Stedman Graham. 

His Maryland-based Diverse Male Student Initiatives Program has transformed the lives of more than 3,000 collegiate males in the areas of academic excellence, manhood development and career/entrepreneurship readiness. This work can be found captured in the award-winning documentary he co-produced titled "Striving for the Extraordinary A Journey through Hope and Transformation." Due to the impactful and consistent success of the program, Heat's Diverse Male Student Initiatives was recently awarded a $3.7 million grant to expand the program's services and overall reach. With his ability to push the boundaries of inspiration, Heat continues to touch thousands of people across the country through a wide array of colleges, universities, corporate clients, non-profit organizations and sports teams.

Dr. Roger Cleveland

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Dr. Roger Cleveland is a transformational leader and groundbreaking researcher in diversity, equity, multicultural education, and academic innovation. Dr. Cleveland has dedicated his life to empowering businesses, public institutions, and schools to embrace diversity and inclusion. His unique experience as a results-driven educator and revolutionary thought leader makes him a sought-after lecturer, teacher, and academic consultant. 

Dr. Cleveland earned his Doctor of Educational Foundations degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1998. He also holds a master’s in the Sociology of Education and a Bachelor of Communications. He has spent more than 20 years in K-12 and higher education. His teaching expertise has allowed him to educate students at Morehead State University, The University of Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State University, and Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Cleveland has published nearly two dozen equity, inclusion, and education-related, peer-reviewed research articles. He has hosted hundreds of diversity and inclusion workshops and lectures nationwide. Additionally, Dr. Cleveland is a founding member and member of the Board of Directors of the Black Males Working Academy, a program focused on college and career readiness through academics, social-emotional learning, and student achievement. BMW Academy received an award from the Obama Foundation “My Brother’s Keeper" Initiative in 2019.

Dr. Cleveland’s work and service have earned him various awards and recognitions. In 2014 he was inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Cleveland was named Professor of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education. He has also received the P.G. Peeples Equity and Excellence Achievement Award. As a professor at Eastern Kentucky University, Dr. Cleveland was dubbed one of the “Teachers Making a Difference.”

Dr. Cleveland is the CEO and President of Millennium Learning Concepts Consulting Company. This agency focuses on helping organizations meet their goals in cultural proficiency, instructional equity, implicit bias, closing achievement gaps, learning styles, transforming school culture, conducting culture audits, and school improvement planning.
Past Conferences

Past Conferences

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