Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Obama to announce initiative aimed at young black men

Continuing his push to use executive powers as a way of advancing his agenda, President Barack Obama will announce Thursday a new effort to help improve the lives of young African-American males.

A White House official said the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative would partner government with businesses to "make sure that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential."

Young African-American men are unemployed at a higher rate than the population at large, and are more likely than peers of other races to be incarcerated. Obama said during last month's State of the Union address he was working with public and private partners to "help more young men of color facing tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential."

The plan, which the White House official said was "focused on implementing strategies that are proven to get results," will convene business and foundation leaders to test strategies in various cities around the country designed to intervene at key moments in young men's lives, including at school and in interactions with law enforcement.

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