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    Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    President Barack Obama will announce a $200 million commitment from nine foundations on Thursday afternoon to bolster the lives of young men and boys of color.

    The funding is part of a larger initiative from the White House to bring private businesses, nonprofits and local governments together to intervene in key moments in the lives of young black and Hispanic men to ensure they stay in school and eventually train for and get good jobs.

    As Yahoo News first reported, the cause will be a major focus of Obama’s — and the first lady’s — even after he leaves office. "It’s something that's deeply personal to the president and first lady,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president and the Obamas’ closest friend from Chicago. “I’m sure their commitment to this initiative will be a lifelong commitment. This is not something they simply want to do while he’s in office — it will continue.”

    The president personally ordered his senior staff to come up with this new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in the wake of the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin two years ago. Obama — who was criticized by civil rights leaders for avoiding race-based initiatives and conversations while in office — was deeply moved by Martin’s death, and he tasked his staff with creating a holistic, research-based approach to helping young minority boys succeed and avoid violence.

    The president will create a new interagency My Brother’s Keeper Task Force headed by Broderick Johnson, the Cabinet secretary and assistant to the president. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and other senior officials will be personally involved in “My Brother’s Keeper,” according to Jarrett.

    Young black men persistently lag behind other groups in high school graduation rates and employment, and, as White House officials point out, they are six times more likely than their white peers to be murdered.

    "My Brother's Keeper" is one part of Obama's larger plan to tackle issues facing the African-American community in his second term, the president told civil rights leaders in a meeting last week. Obama will also push Congress to restore the part of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the Supreme Court last term and to pass a law banning racial profiling by law enforcement. The Justice Department is also pushing through criminal justice reforms without Congress' help, such as urging prosecutors not to use mandatory minimums against nonviolent drug offenders and encouraging prisoners sentenced under old, racially discriminatory crack laws to apply for a new clemency program.

    “He’s committed to being more aggressive,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who was in the meeting.....snip~

    Obama launches


    So what are your thoughts with this? Says to help minority men of color......as you can see Obama is looking to garner the vote for the Democrats. Thru this means here. Not much is highlighted about Hispanics and Latins. Nor does it say much about any other minorities.

    This was a Chicago Program.....that Bloomberg copied off Emanuel and the city here. Emanuel was out all this morning touting how happy that Obama extended this to National Program. Yes 200 mil and Jarrett conforms they will get more. Now what do you think takes place for all those they do for?

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    This was an outstanding OP brother MMC, until this last paragraph and the one above it, IMHO.
    However, this may be a debating style I am missing, so I liked the OP .
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    This was a Chicago Program.....that Bloomberg copied off Emanuel and the city here. Emanuel was out all this morning touting how happy that Obama extended this to National Program. Yes 200 mil and Jarrett conforms they will get more. Now what do you think takes place for all those they do for?

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    On one hand we're being schooled by our government that they should provide equality for all, regardless of race and sexual orientation. Then they start a program that includes/excludes by race. How is this not wrong?

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    This was an outstanding OP brother MMC, until this last paragraph and the one above it, IMHO.
    However, this may be a debating style I am missing, so I liked the OP .

    Heya Nimby. Hope ya making thru the cold weather today. Well.....that's what Emanuel was all over the radio this morning about it. You know how he likes to idolize himself.






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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    President Barack Obama will announce a $200 million commitment from nine foundations on Thursday afternoon to bolster the lives of young men and boys of color.

    The funding is part of a larger initiative from the White House to bring private businesses, nonprofits and local governments together to intervene in key moments in the lives of young black and Hispanic men to ensure they stay in school and eventually train for and get good jobs.

    As Yahoo News first reported, the cause will be a major focus of Obama’s — and the first lady’s — even after he leaves office. "It’s something that's deeply personal to the president and first lady,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president and the Obamas’ closest friend from Chicago. “I’m sure their commitment to this initiative will be a lifelong commitment. This is not something they simply want to do while he’s in office — it will continue.”

    The president personally ordered his senior staff to come up with this new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in the wake of the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin two years ago. Obama — who was criticized by civil rights leaders for avoiding race-based initiatives and conversations while in office — was deeply moved by Martin’s death, and he tasked his staff with creating a holistic, research-based approach to helping young minority boys succeed and avoid violence.

    The president will create a new interagency My Brother’s Keeper Task Force headed by Broderick Johnson, the Cabinet secretary and assistant to the president. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and other senior officials will be personally involved in “My Brother’s Keeper,” according to Jarrett.

    Young black men persistently lag behind other groups in high school graduation rates and employment, and, as White House officials point out, they are six times more likely than their white peers to be murdered.

    "My Brother's Keeper" is one part of Obama's larger plan to tackle issues facing the African-American community in his second term, the president told civil rights leaders in a meeting last week. Obama will also push Congress to restore the part of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the Supreme Court last term and to pass a law banning racial profiling by law enforcement. The Justice Department is also pushing through criminal justice reforms without Congress' help, such as urging prosecutors not to use mandatory minimums against nonviolent drug offenders and encouraging prisoners sentenced under old, racially discriminatory crack laws to apply for a new clemency program.

    “He’s committed to being more aggressive,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who was in the meeting.....snip~

    Obama launches


    So what are your thoughts with this? Says to help minority men of color......as you can see Obama is looking to garner the vote for the Democrats. Thru this means here. Not much is highlighted about Hispanics and Latins. Nor does it say much about any other minorities.

    This was a Chicago Program.....that Bloomberg copied off Emanuel and the city here. Emanuel was out all this morning touting how happy that Obama extended this to National Program. Yes 200 mil and Jarrett conforms they will get more. Now what do you think takes place for all those they do for?

    Division.....101. Democrat Style!
    I think it's a wonderful thing. Young black men need all the help they can muster to get them out of their inner-city jungles and into mainstream society. I love the name. Don't know why this didn't happen years ago.

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    President Barack Obama will announce a $200 million commitment from nine foundations on Thursday afternoon to bolster the lives of young men and boys of color.

    The funding is part of a larger initiative from the White House to bring private businesses, nonprofits and local governments together to intervene in key moments in the lives of young black and Hispanic men to ensure they stay in school and eventually train for and get good jobs.

    As Yahoo News first reported, the cause will be a major focus of Obama’s — and the first lady’s — even after he leaves office. "It’s something that's deeply personal to the president and first lady,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president and the Obamas’ closest friend from Chicago. “I’m sure their commitment to this initiative will be a lifelong commitment. This is not something they simply want to do while he’s in office — it will continue.”

    The president personally ordered his senior staff to come up with this new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in the wake of the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin two years ago. Obama — who was criticized by civil rights leaders for avoiding race-based initiatives and conversations while in office — was deeply moved by Martin’s death, and he tasked his staff with creating a holistic, research-based approach to helping young minority boys succeed and avoid violence.

    The president will create a new interagency My Brother’s Keeper Task Force headed by Broderick Johnson, the Cabinet secretary and assistant to the president. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and other senior officials will be personally involved in “My Brother’s Keeper,” according to Jarrett.

    Young black men persistently lag behind other groups in high school graduation rates and employment, and, as White House officials point out, they are six times more likely than their white peers to be murdered.

    "My Brother's Keeper" is one part of Obama's larger plan to tackle issues facing the African-American community in his second term, the president told civil rights leaders in a meeting last week. Obama will also push Congress to restore the part of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the Supreme Court last term and to pass a law banning racial profiling by law enforcement. The Justice Department is also pushing through criminal justice reforms without Congress' help, such as urging prosecutors not to use mandatory minimums against nonviolent drug offenders and encouraging prisoners sentenced under old, racially discriminatory crack laws to apply for a new clemency program.

    “He’s committed to being more aggressive,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who was in the meeting.....snip~

    Obama launches


    So what are your thoughts with this? Says to help minority men of color......as you can see Obama is looking to garner the vote for the Democrats. Thru this means here. Not much is highlighted about Hispanics and Latins. Nor does it say much about any other minorities.

    This was a Chicago Program.....that Bloomberg copied off Emanuel and the city here. Emanuel was out all this morning touting how happy that Obama extended this to National Program. Yes 200 mil and Jarrett conforms they will get more. Now what do you think takes place for all those they do for?

    Division.....101. Democrat Style!
    You know how I know you don't even read the stories you post....

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    This was an outstanding OP brother MMC, until this last paragraph and the one above it, IMHO.
    However, this may be a debating style I am missing, so I liked the OP .
    I have to agree with you, Nimby. It was a very good OP until you got down to the end and the author just had to make it a partisan issue. What really makes me shake my head over how the OP's near instantaneous devaluation was reading other threads that constantly put down young Black teens (or Blacks in general) for being lazy, shiftless, thugs, vagrants and everything negative under the sun or how Pres. Obama is just "giving away tax payer dollars to minorities" for whatever reason, the moment he goes out and persuades private corporations to put their own money forward to bring about jobs skills and job placement initiatives to help these very "shiftless, lazy, thuggish" young Black teens (and subsequently Black families) learn how to do better for themselves, suddenly it's all about garnering Democratic votes.

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    You know how I know you don't even read the stories you post....
    Do you know.....How I notice that you always look to try and make stuff out about the poster rather than the OP.....due to that limitation you spoke about?

    Why is it that for as long as you have been here. You aint been able to figure that out....huh country?

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Do you know.....How I notice that you always look to try and make stuff out about the poster rather than the OP.....due to that limitation you spoke about?

    Why is it that for as long as you have been here. You aint been able to figure that out....huh country?
    Well you made an issue about "not much" being highlighted for Hispanics, but it clearly says the program is for Hispanics as well.

    Just thought I'd point it out to you...

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I think it's a wonderful thing. Young black men need all the help they can muster to get them out of their inner-city jungles and into mainstream society. I love the name. Don't know why this didn't happen years ago.

    Hey Maggie. The Mentors have been around for how long? Peer mentoring has been going on since the 1960's. Do you think there have been Federal Grants to assists in such programs? If so......do you think the money went where it was suppose to go all this time? Many were city programs as well.


    Peer mentoring in education was promoted during the 1960s by educator and theorist Paulo Freire:

    "The fundamental task of the mentor is a liberatory task. It is not to encourage the mentor’s goals and aspirations and dreams to be reproduced in the mentees, the students, but to give rise to the possibility that the students become the owners of their own history. This is how I understand the need that teachers have to transcend their merely instructive task and to assume the ethical posture of a mentor who truly believes in the total autonomy, freedom, and development of those he or she mentors.

    Peer mentors appear mainly in secondary schools where students moving up from primary schools may need assistance in settling into the new schedule and lifestyle of secondary school life, however peer mentoring can occur at the grade school level, the undergraduate level, and the graduate school level. The goals of the program may vary according to the level, the educational institution or the discipline.

    Peer mentoring in higher education has enjoyed a good name and is seen favorably by both educational administrators and students.[18] During the last decade, peer mentoring has expanded and is found in most colleges and universities, frequently as a means to outreach, retain, and recruit minority students.[4] Peer mentoring is used extensively in higher education for several reasons:

    Benefits attributed to classical mentoring (when an older adult mentors a younger person) can translate to peer mentoring relationships, mainly when the peer mentor and the mentee have similar backgrounds;

    The lack of role models or volunteers forces administrators and student leaders to use students as peer mentors of other students—usually first year students, ethnic minorities,[19] and women[20]--in order to guide, support, and instruct junior students;

    Because peer mentoring programs require a low budget for administration and/or development, they become a cheap alternative to support students perceived as likely to fail.

    Criticisms.....

    Peer mentoring programs usually target ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and women. This approach tends to be conceived out of the "deficiency model" where multi-ethnic students, women and students with disabilities are perceived as being in need of help and unlikely to succeed unless senior students or successful adults help them.[26] One of the main criticisms of peer mentoring is the lack of research to show how peer mentoring relationships work, how they develop, and what their outcomes are.[27] Also, the nature of being either a mentor or mentee and at the same time a peer can make the relationship a dual one where other identities also converge.[28] Some peer mentoring programs promote assimilation among ethnic minority students because of the use of student role models who are perceived as successful in social and educational environments characterized by majority students.[29] These role models then become the people that peer mentees strive to imitate or emulate.[30] A more subtle criticism of peer mentoring refers to their lack of supervision and structure: most peer mentoring programs led by undergraduate students rarely have direct supervision of full-time university staff.....snip~

    Peer mentoring - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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