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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.

About

About

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.

2018 Eliminating School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System 

Details

Details

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

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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