EMU to host My Brother's Keeper Local Action Summit

Eastern Michigan University will host a summit to discuss the opportunity gaps that face minority boys and young men in Washtenaw County, 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom.

The event is called the Washtenaw County My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Local Action Summit.

Washtenaw accepted the “MBK Community Challenge” on Aug. 31 and became part of a national response to President Barack Obama’s challenge to establish “cradle to career” pathways of success.

This model for this pathway focuses on meeting six life course goals:

  1. Readiness to enter school
  2. Grade level reading abilities by 3rd grade
  3. High school graduation
  4. Post-secondary education or training completion
  5. Employment after schooling
  6. Second-chance opportunities and safety from violent crime.

According to the university press release, “The gathering will bring together students, federal and state legislators, county officials and K-12 and higher education leaders pivotal to the Washtenaw County MBK initiative.”

During the event, a panel will come up with a profile of education, health, housing, income and juvenile justice variable in relation to minority males. There will be breakout groups focusing on the six life course goals and related resource and budget development.

For more information on attending the Washtenaw County My Brother’s Keeper Local Action Summit can register or email State Rep. David Rutledge at DavidRutledge@house.mi.gov.

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