FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2014
CHARLOTTE, NC — Mayor Dan Clodfelter is seeking to promote Charlotte children and youth initiatives, as the city accepts the challenge to become a My Brother’s Keeper Community.
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. Charlotte will participate in My Brother’s Keeper, in support of a larger discussion of the challenges the community faces with upward mobility and economic opportunity.
“During the next several months, I will be engaging with community organizations that are working to improving outcomes for our youngest Charlotteans,” said Clodfelter. “Our children and teens are the future leaders of this community and our efforts must be strategic and collaborative to make a lasting impact.”
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 Charlotte community will focus on the My Brother’s Keeper goals of:
• Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade
• Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career
Partners currently working on these goals include organizations such as the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Foundation for the Carolinas and Belk Foundation.
Mayor Clodfelter recently met with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council to hear some of the issues youth are facing firsthand. As part of accepting the My Brother’s Keeper community challenge, Mayor Clodfelter says the city will also examine the success of existing internal initiatives such as the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP) and Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance (MMA).
“These longstanding initiatives have proven beneficial in providing numerous opportunities for youth to be exposed to careers, job skills, leadership skills, and positive role models, said Clodfelter. “We must continue to build on this success.”