"We can deal with disparate outcomes, but we shouldn't be dealing with disparate beginnings."
That was one of the sentiments that Roy Austin - deputy assistant to the president for the office of urban affairs, justice and opportunity - shared with 450-plus leaders at the Ready by 21 National Meeting in New Orleans this month as he explained the foundations of the federal My Brother's Keeper initiative. See his full keynote address, Helping All of America's Young People Get Ready: A National Priority.
Thoughts: With the My Brother's Keeper initiative in mind, Alicia Wilson-Ahlstrom, senior program manager for research and development at the Forum for Youth Investment, recently published a blog about the need to step up our commitment to young men of color in out-of-school time.
Funding: The Corporation for National and Community Services has announced a new funding opportunity "within the objectives of the My Brother's Keeper initiative." Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps will give disconnected youth who've been through the juvenile justice system an opportunity to participate in a national service program and will provide meaningful mentoring while they serve. Find out more.
Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we release more highlights from the National Meeting. In the meantime, see photos, videos and presentation materials.