My Brothers Keeper (MBK) scholars, we’ve got your back. Mayor Walsh and Police Chief Ken Buckner spent time sharing encouraging advice and stories with #ourcityscholars participating in “The Conversation: Moving to Participation,” an event hosted by My Brother’s Keeper Syracuse.
“If we truly want to create opportunity for all, we have to start working with young people from day one,” said Mayor Walsh to parents, mentors, and students who came to Henninger High School to participate in “The Conversation.”
The My Brother’s Keeper Initiative started as an Obama-era initiative meant to mobilize and create mentorship and opportunities for young men of color across the country.
In Syracuse, groups such as Building Men, connect our young men to such year-round opportunities. During his introduction, Mayor Walsh joined a nervous MBK scholar and applauded him on stage. “This is why we’re here. We all need support and encouragement. To our young people, anytime you need us to show up and act in your lives, we will. That’s why we’re all in this room,” said Mayor Walsh.
The event connected our young men with dozens of other male community leaders as well as MBK in Yonkers New York.