Ensuring all of our nation’s young people
have equal access to opportunity
My Brother's Keeper and Girl's Equity Network (MBK/GEN) Michigan is a network of Michigan communities and partners committed to collective action to improve outcomes for youth of color.
My Brother's Keeper Michigan is a Community of Practice Network building collective power to transform policy at the local, state and national levels. Members of the Community of Practice are encouraged to share expertise and serve as facilitators of the ongoing work of policy and systems transformation, which is the primary objective of the MBK Challenge.
Our collective approach to policy and systems transformation must be multi-level and multi-sector to achieve measurable and sustainable impact. The MBK Milestones require building on existing assets while cultivating new areas of opportunity and innovation. As MBK Communities organize at the local and state level, we will need information and resources. MBK local conveners need the influence and relationships of MBK champions at the state and national level. Youth, parents and teachers need partners to help them translate their lived experience and collective wisdom into policy and legislation that moves them to economic equity.
By working together with a common agenda, we will have much greater impact!
In September 2014, former President Obama issued a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes across the country to become “MBK Communities.” This challenge represents a call to action for all members of our communities, and mayors in particular, as they often sit at the intersection of many of the vital forces and structural components needed to enact sustainable change through policy, programs, and partnerships.
The MBK Community Challenge encourages communities to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born.
The My Brother’s Keeper initiative and 3G Network in Lansing, MI were used as starting points to construct a plan for the Girls Equity Network in Michigan. The MBK coalition expanded to include targeted outreach to girls and young women of color in 2017.
ANNUAL MBK/GEN SUMMIT
The annual statewide summit for MBK/GEN Communities focuses on strategies and resources to support youth leaders, youth organizing, civic engagement, and political power. Our goal is for youth to be at the table to transform policies and systems that influence their life outcomes.
The MBK Michigan Summit is planned and implemented by a team of Scholars. Scholars are college and graduate students placed with One Love Global by our post-secondary partners to gain experience in community organizing, program development, evaluation, policy and systems transformation.
Thank you for attending the 2019 Summit in Benton Harbor!
MBKGEN Lansing will host the 2020 statewide summit. Stay tuned for details!