New Rochelle — The leaders of New Rochelle’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative have been invited to attend an MBK National Summit at the White House with President Obama, Wednesday, Dec 14th. New Rochelle will be represented by City Council Member Jared Rice and New Rochelle High School Principal Reggie Richardson.
“Principal Richardson and I are very excited to be guests at the White House for this special occasion,” Councilman Jared Rice tells BW. “The New Rochelle community has put in a lot of work toward meeting the objectives of My Brother’s Keeper, and we are grateful for being recognized for these efforts by the MBK Task Force and President Obama.”
Since accepting the MBK challenge last April, a wide-ranging partnership of local not-for-profits, educators, government officials, and volunteers has worked to expand opportunities for children and young adults, particularly boys of color. Just take a look at these accomplishments and activities. I am proud of what MBK New Ro has achieved so far, and gratified by the well-deserved national recognition.
“New Rochelle has made significant progress since the time we accepted President Obama’s challenge a year and a half ago,” Councilman Rice tells BW. “It is critical that we do our very best to ensure that all young people can reach their potential in life”.
President Obama issued his My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge on February 27, 2014, and in the two-and-a-half years that have followed, 250 communities across the nation –- from Philadelphia to Flint, Boston to Compton, California — have accepted the MBK Challenge. The six Milestones outlined in the MBK initiative are designed to help all children succeed, particularly boys and young men of color.
On April 29, 2015, New Rochelle became the first municipality in Westchester to accept President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge and one of the first in New York State as well. A local summit followed in June and an Action Plan and website launch took place in late October. MBKNewRo, an initiative of the City of New Rochelle and the city’s School District, has accomplished quite a lot across the six Milestones that comprise the MBK Community Challenge.
City Council Member Jared Rice and NRHS Principal Reggie Richardson will leaving for Washington DC, Tuesday night after the New Rochelle City Council meeting.