This is an issue of national importance -- it's as important as any issue that I work on. It's an issue that goes to the very heart of why I ran for President -- because if America stands for anything, it stands for the idea of opportunity for everybody; the notion that no matter who you are, or where you came from, or the circumstances into which you are born, if you work hard, if you take responsibility, then you can make it in this country.
-President Barack Obama, February 27, 2014
Under President Barack Obama, the White House has launched an initiative to empower boys and young men of color. In these early months of this initiative, a Presidential Task Force has been developed to identify what programs and organizations have been effective in improving the lives and circumstances affecting BMOC’s. Findings from these efforts will inform improvements to federal policies and regulations.
The Social Justice Learning Institute was honored to be one of the initial organizations in California invited to participate in a “White House Listening Session” with Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary, Broderick Johnson. More than 150 SJLI youth participated in this event and shared their personal experiences with the White House.
SJLI is proudly aligned with the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, and is committed to ensuring the all youth are provided the opportunities to prove themselves as scholars.
To learn more about My Brother’s Keeper visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper