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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.

5th Annual Conference

5th Annual Conference

School & Community Empowerment Strategies for Engaging Young Men of Color

The annual Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance conference provides the Southern Nevada community, and applicable statewide community members, (e.g., school administration, law enforcement, juvenile justice teams, legislators and community members) with the information and tools to end disproportionate minority contact. The conference includes data presentations and targeted discussions of best practices by national experts, youth, local law enforcement, and policymakers. This conference will focus on community-level approaches for building a culture of good mental health for boys and young men of color; School and community actions to end structural/institutional racism and lastly, empowerment and advocacy strategies for engaging young black males.

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

Videos

Videos

Day 1 Tuesday, February 16Part 1 | Part 2
Day 2 Wednesday, February 17 - Part 1 | Part 2

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
Partners
Speakers

Speakers

Ms. Punam Mathur (MC)

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Ms. Punam Mathur operates her own business as a speaker, trainer and writer. She also serves as executive director of the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation, a private foundation that exists to advance fundamental change, primarily related to equity, civil rights and conservation. From 2009-2012, she was an officer of NV Energy, Inc., serving as vice president of people resources and as vice president of employee and community engagement. She joined NV Energy following 13 years in the gaming industry, most recently serving as an officer and senior vice president of corporate diversity and community affairs, for MGM MIRAGE, now MGM Resorts Int’l. Prior to joining the gaming industry in 1996, she had been with the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce for six years, holding a variety of management positions. Ms. Mathur was the founding board chair for Three Square, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating hunger in southern Nevada. She has also served on the Board of the United Way of Southern Nevada for over two decades. She has received numerous awards including induction into the Nevada Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Hall of Fame, “Humanitarian of the Year” by Junior League, a Woman of Distinction by National Association of Women Business Owners, and Woman of the Year by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.

Mr. Jay Barnett

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A native of Mississippi who was raised and currently resides in Texas, Jay is the son of a pastor and amazing mother (mama Mary) and is known for his southern charm and spiritual roots. Jay earned a bachelor’s degree in Science from Tarleton State University and holds a Masters in family therapy from North Central University. He was featured as Black Enterprise’s 2019 “BE Modern Man of the Year.” Author. Speaker. Mental Health Therapist. Life Coach. Jay Barnett is on a mission to empower, inspire, and ignite fire into the minds of men and women across the globe, helping them become their best selves. Former professional football player-turned-marriage & family therapist, Jay has more than 10 years of experience as an acclaimed youth mentor, author, and motivational speaker. He’s translated the lessons and strategies learned on the field into meaningful lessons for life and developing a winning mindset. He created a personal and social development program called the K.I.N.G. Program (Knowledge is Necessary Game) for incoming male freshmen at Texas Southern University. He also runs a non-profit, www.webuildprojects.org, to help teens transition through adolescence in excellence. Now, in his newest K.I.N.G. venture (Kindling Innovation Necessary for Growth), Jay is expanding his expertise to corporations, individuals, and groups. His online mental health and life coaching sessions allow clients to hone their innate gifts and learn supportive techniques to help individuals become the best version of themselves—both personally and professionally. Jay is also the author of several best-selling books for teens. Finding our Lost Kings and Queens;  Letters to a Young Queen: Redefining Their Throne; Hello King, a widely-acclaimed book for young men and set for release, his highly-anticipated new book, Identity Crisis: A Discussion around Social Media Impact on Personal Identity.

Mr. Christopher Chatmon

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Mr. Christopher Chatmon is CEO of Kingmakers of Oakland (KOO). Chatmon founded KOO and served as the first Executive Director of the African American Male Achievement (“AAMA”) for the Oakland Unified School District (“OUSD”) and was named as a “Leader to Learn From” by Education Week magazine. Chatmon was selected as a Campaign for Black Male Achievement “Social Innovation Accelerator” because he is committed to improving life outcomes for all youth and especially African American males. Chatmon is passionate about uplifting the African American community and has dedicated his career and life work to creating pathways of success within Oakland and beyond. Prior to working with OUSD, Chatmon was the Principal of an alternative high school in San Francisco, and Executive Director of Urban Services at the YMCA in Oakland for over 10 years. Chatmon started his career in education teaching history and physical education in the San Francisco Unified School District. Chatmon earned an M.A. in Education and a secondary teaching credential in Social Science from Brown University.

Dr. Calvin Mackie

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Dr. Calvin Mackie is an award-winning mentor, an inventor, an author, a former engineering professor, an internationally renowned speaker, and a successful entrepreneur. His message as a mentor, author, speaker, and entrepreneur continues to transcend race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and time. A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Dr. Mackie graduated from high school with low test scores requiring him to undertake special remedial classes at Morehouse College. He completed his degree in Mathematics at Morehouse in 1990, graduating Magna Cum Laude and a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. He was simultaneously awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, where he subsequently earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996. In November 1999, Benjamin Hall Thomas and Dr. Mackie received a patent on a device to retrofit luggage stow bins on 737 and 757 Boeing commercial airliners. Dr. Mackie also authored four scholarly journals and is the author of the motivational book: "A View from the Roof: Lessons for Life and Business. Dr. Mackie has won numerous awards including: "President Bush Honors Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 2007-02-03 and the 2002 Black Engineer of the Year Awards". Career Communications, Inc. 2006-03-30. Retrieved 2006-02-02.

Dr. Roberto Padilla

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Dr. Roberto Padilla leads a district of approximately 2,000 employees, 1100 teachers, 12,000 scholars, 14 school buildings spread throughout four municipalities. Dr. Padilla holds a doctorate in Education with a focus on Urban School

Leadership. He was previously a teacher and principal for the NYC Department of Education, a member of Harvard University’s Principal’s Advisory Board, an Education Policy Fellow at Columbia University, a fellow for the Broad Center at the Yale School of Management, and a Deeper Learning Equity Fellow. He is a published author and an adjunct professor at SUNY New Paltz and Fordham University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital as well as the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. He is the founding President of the New York Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (NYSALAS), and a member of the Greater Newburgh Rotary Club. Dr. Padilla was named as New York State’s Superintendent of the Year 2021. He is a life-long educator having been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, coach, and leadership consultant. Even today, he considers himself a teacher who just happens to be a superintendent.

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