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FWISD Delegation Attends MBK Rising!

Fort Worth ISD students are in California this week for MBK Rising!, the first national gathering of the Obama Foundation’s  My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. 

Convening in Oakland, California, MBK Rising! brings “together hundreds of young men of color and leaders” from My Brother’s Keeper organizations “to connect, learn and share,” while also reflecting on the program’s progress and building on its successes, according to a press release from the foundation. Speakers included President Barack Obama, NBA star Stephen Curry, musician John Legend and many more. Some sessions focused on youth violence reduction and prevention, “impactful mentoring, MBK Communities sparking systemic change, masculinity and the role women and girls have played in this work, a view from working in the field, and the importance of narrative and storytelling,” according to the foundation.

“The event marks the fifth anniversary of the initial launch of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative started by President Obama following the death of Trayvon Martin,” according to a release the Obama Foundation issued.  “My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, now part of the Obama Foundation, aims to support mentoring and youth violence prevention efforts that ensure boys and young men of color have the same right as every child to a safe and supportive community and opportunity to thrive.”

Four students from FWISD’s Eastern Hills, Dunbar, and Paschal high schools, and the Young Men’s Leadership Academy were accompanied to the two-day event by Mr. Rickie Clark and Mr. Amon Rashidi, consultants for MBK, and Mr. Alfredo Martinez Reyes, MBK liaison for Paschal High.   

Among the students representing FWISD in California was Miguel Argumedo of Paschal HS. He told San Francisco’s ABC7 News that My Brother’s Keeper gives him a voice. See his interview here.

Click here for more information about MBK Rising! and here to learn more about Fort Worth ISD’s My Brother’s Keeper program.


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