Empowering Boys and Young Men of Color by imparting core principles of integrity, respect, accountability, discipline, and service to increase high school and post-secondary education graduation rates, decrease involvement in the criminal justice system, enhance employability, and cultivate entrepreneurship mindsets.
About the Initiative:
Boys and Young Men of Color too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success. These obstacles are found in schools, communities, criminal justice system, families, and even in the minds of young people themselves.
“I Am My Brother” is an initiative launched by I Am My Sister to support the growth and development of Boys and Young Men of Color.
Our goal is to provide programs and resources to help break down barriers, clear pathways to opportunity, and reverse troubling trends which show too many of our boys and young men of color slipping through the cracks in our society.
Less Than 1%
of Teen Fathers get their college degree by the age of 30.
of African Americans graduate from high school, compared to more than three quarters of white and Asian students
by the time students have reached 9th grade, 42 percent of black male students have been suspended or expelled during their school years, compared to 14 percent of white male students.
are more than six times as likely as white men to be incancerated in federal and state prisons, and in local jails.
I Am My Brother will provide programs and resources that focus on the following topics:
- Character Building
- Abstinence and Teen Pregnancy Prevention
- Support for Teen Father
- Financial Literacy
- Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution
- Entrepreneurship Youth Work Force Development
- GED Program and College Prep
- Goal Setting
- Nutrition and Physical Fitness
- Healthy Relationships