February 27, 2014: As you are surely aware by now, this has been an historic week for the field of black male achievement. Yesterday afternoon from the White House East Room, President Barack Obama announced the launch of My Brother’s Keeper, “a new initiative with leading foundations and businesses taking a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to building ladders of opportunity that will unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color in America.” With this announcement, the President is making a significant statement and giving us validation on our collective work to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys.
President Obama is continuing to make good on his pledge at the State of the Union address to use his pen and phone to make 2014 a year of action. Through the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, the President is enlisting a wide cross-section of public and private partners to make sure that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential.
COSEBOC is the only national network of school leaders focused on the education of boys and young men of color. It has developed the COSEBOC Standards that are a blueprint for successful schools and is a leading resource of tested, innovative, ‘real world’ practices and research.
COSEBOC knows that every young man of color can achieve academic success because it’s identified schools across the country where it is happening. COSEBOC supports and trains Principals and School District leaders to learn from successful schools and adapt what works in their own schools.
COSEBOC will be honored to partner with President Obama, and public and private partners nationwide on the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. As a start COSEBOC invites educators and policy-makers to attend our 8th annual Gathering of Leaders in Jackson, Mississippi to learn from and with education leaders committed to the academic achievement of all boys and young men of color.