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Minneapolis Middle and High School Students Invited to Participate in My Brother’s Keeper | MPLS Youth United Day of Action on January 14

January 3, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Middle and high school students throughout Minneapolis are invited to participate in the My Brother’s Keeper | MPLS Youth United Day of Action on Saturday, January 14 at Coffman Memorial Union on the campus of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

This is a My Brother’s Keeper | MPLS event hosted by Mayor Betsy Hodges and the Minneapolis Youth Congress.

“The My Brother’s Keeper | MPLS Youth United Day of Action will provide tools and resources to youth throughout the city, to help not only prepare them for what’s next beyond high school, but how to become the leaders our city needs today,” said Mayor Hodges. “Through the My Brother’s Keeper | MPLS Initiative, we’ve been working to ensure that boys and young men of color are full participants in our city’s success and our nation’s promise. This conference will be a great opportunity toward meeting those goals, and I encourage all middle and high school students to register, set aside the day, and be ready to be inspired.”

The MBK|MPLS Youth United Day of Action will provide Minneapolis middle and high school students with tools to make our city safer and stronger by promoting healthy leadership through providing young people with real strategies to cope with trauma they experience. Additionally, all youth will receive hands-on training on how to become community advocates through civic engagement. Youth will be invited to participate in one of three tracks throughout the day with youth-led workshops on on-site social impact projects related to:

1. Becoming a champion of community safety
2. Using social media to be a leader of positive change 
3. Learning how to start their own business today

The all-day conference is free to attend, and will include information regarding internships, spoken word performances and live music. Co-sponsors include the Bush Foundation, Cities United and the University of Minnesota Office of Equity and Diversity.

Youth interested in participating in the event must register online by January 11 by visiting:

About My Brother’s Keeper | MPLS: 

In 2014, Mayor Hodges joined Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman in accepting President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is an ambitious initiative to fully include boys and young men of color in our cities’ success and in America’s promise. Its six goals are that every boy and young man of color be ready for kindergarten, read by third grade, graduate from high school, complete postsecondary education, be fully and productively employed, and live free from violence.

President Obama first announced this initiative in February 2014. Mayor Hodges was one of the earliest and most vocal supporters of the plan; she joined White House officials to offer her support of the program when they issued the community challenge.

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