Monday, 25 January 2016 14:29

Houston Health Department leads My Brother's Keeper initiatives

The My Brother’s Keeper (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. Nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives across 43 states and the District of Columbia have accepted the MBK Community Challenge.

The City of Houston accepted President Obama’s MBK Community Challenge in September 2014, and appointed the Director of the Houston Health Department (HHD) to lead Houston’s response. Supporting him in the MBK Houston Movement are many city department leaders in HPD, HPL, PRD, MCD, etc., the community at-large, and leaders across the health, education, employment, and justice sectors.

More than 75 percent of Houston’s male youth 10-24 years of age are boys and young men of color. Black and Hispanic boys are more than two times likely to be in poverty. Black boys are more than seven times more likely to have an encounter with law enforcement and more than two times more likely to have an out of school suspension. Hispanic boys are more than three times more likely to be uninsured.  

My Brother’s Keeper is focused on six milestones:

• Getting a healthy start and entering school ready to learn

• Reading at grade Level by 3rd grade

• Graduating from high school ready for college and career

• Completing postsecondary education or training

• Successfully entering the workforce

• Keeping kids on track and giving them second chances

The MBK national challenge, swiftly became the MBK Houston Movement and the movement is gearing up to collective deploy several key strategies that will assist schools, children and their families improve outcomes and build a citywide culture of achievement. MBK Houston strategies include:

  • Early warning system
  • Systems of care
  • Mentoring
  • Male-focused youth development programs at schools and in community
  • Volunteer program
  • Youth councils
  • Parent councils and parent advocates

There is tremendous amount of work to be done and with the MBK Houston Movement; and MBK aims to collectively bring the right people together to do the right things for Houston’s children. For more information visit, or email Noel Pinnock at

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