Philadelphia, May 4, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter was appointed to the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) Advisory Council during an event in New York City.  MBK Alliance is an independent, nonprofit organization created to engage corporations and businesses in President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, established in 2014 to eliminate the gaps in opportunity and achievement for boys and young men of color in America.   “I am honored to be selected by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Council for this important new foundation,” said Mayor Nutter.  “I am committed to the mission of the MBK Alliance and have been focused on issues like education, job skills training and violence-reduction among boys and young men of color for many years through my work with Cities United and other organizations.  I look forward to collaborating with my fellow Advisory Council members and the MBK Alliance Board and Leadership Team to advance the President’s agenda of ensuring that everyone can achieve the American dream.”   Last week, Mayor Nutter welcomed to Philadelphia thirteen U.S. mayors and more than 300 city leaders to the 2nd annual Convening of Cities United, a conference in which municipalities work collaboratively to develop concrete action plans to reduce the violence plaguing African-American men and boys in communities across the nation.  As part of the convening, Mayor Nutter hosted a phone call with President Obama and members of Cities United to discuss the allied missions of Cities United and My Brother’s Keeper.   MBK Alliance will rely on strategic, evidence-based interventions throughout the early lives of young men and boys of color from community, private, public and social enterprise partners that address gaps in opportunity.  Specifically, it will focus on six milestones inspired by the President’s MBK Initiative Taskforce report:

  1. Entering School Ready to Learn (Early Childhood)
  2. Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade (Middle Childhood)
  3. Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career (Adolescence)
  4. Completing Post-Secondary Education or Training (Adulthood Transition)
  5. Successfully Entering the Workforce (Adulthood)
  6. Reducing Violence and Providing a Second Chance (Throughout Life)

Together with the Board of Directors, Corporate Champions and social sector partners, MBK Alliance has received more than $80 million in support.  MBK Alliance will distribute up to $7 million in grants to programs and organizations with proven, innovative solutions to support these interventions and incentivize the adoption of evidence-based approaches.  MBK Alliance will also create a $15-25 million grants competition to reward 5-9 communities with $3 million to build local infrastructure and capacity.   In March, Mayor Nutter announced the release of the City of Philadelphia’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ (MBK) Local Action Report highlighting how Philadelphia will sustainably improve outcomes for youth in Philadelphia—particularly boys and young men of color—by leveraging existing, evidence-based programs and by making investments in proven initiatives.   Since accepting the MBK challenge in September 2014, the Nutter Administration has hosted listening meetings throughout the city with stakeholders and young people to identify City and community programs that produce positive outcomes for young people, identified partner organizations to drive the agenda forward, determined the baseline data that highlights the disparities for boys and young men of color, and established a common framework for the work.   ###   For more information on the City of Philadelphia’s MBK Local Action Report, visit For more information on MBK Alliance, visit: For more information on Cities United, visit

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