My Brother's Keeper Charlotte (MBK CLT)

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Welcome to the My Brother's Keeper Charlotte (MBK CLT). Mayor Jennifer Roberts is seeking to promote Charlotte children and youth initiatives, for all ages, as the city accepts the challenge to become a My Brother’s Keeper Community (MBKC).


The White House launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

Through My Brother’s Keeper, cities and towns, businesses, and foundations are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find success as adults. 

The initiative is focused on six milestones, two of which are the key areas of focus in Charlotte.

• Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade
• Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career

How it works:

Mayor Roberts will be engaging with community organizations that are working to improve outcomes for the youngest Charlotteans. Efforts must be coordinated and strategic to make a lasting impact.

Who's involved:

There are many partners across the Charlotte-Mecklenurg region who are working on these efforts. These organizations range in size from small organized groups to large non-profits and everything in between.  

MBK CLT Local Action Plan:

The Mayor's Office submitted a local action plan for My Brother's Keeper Charlotte (MBK CLT) to the White House in April 2015. A copy of the local action plan can be downloaded here.

How can I help?

Spread the word about the work that's happening in Charlotte to support children and youth in our region. Follow the conversation on Twitter, using hashtag #mbkclt. If you or your organization is interested in participating in My Brother's Keeper - Charlotte, please contact Emily Cantrell, Assistant to the Mayor, by calling 704.336.4332 or sending an email to  

In the news:

Charlotte 'Brother's Keeper forum focuses on college for black males ( Charlotte Observer 7/30/15)

Forum focuses on improving lives for young African American Males (Charlotte Observer 8/1/15)  

My Brother's Keeper forum on education Charlotte conference at Friendship Baptist Church (Charlotte Post 7/30/15)

Community forum to focus on young black males (QCityMetro 7/30/15)