My Brother’s Keeper: San José is an effort that will address one of the most challenging problems facing our region – the persistent opportunity gap that divides our boys and young men of color from their peers.
The contrast is stark – boys and young men of color, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds, are disproportionately at risk for falling behind in their education and have limited opportunities to thrive. They experience higher rates of unemployment, poverty and involvement with the criminal justice system than their peers and have very limited access to Silicon Valley’s high-paying jobs and promising career tracks. It is clear that our boys and young men of color face these and other structural barriers to their achievement yet we cannot conceive of a thriving future for our community without them. We simply cannot afford to let this opportunity gap continue.
SVCF has partnered with San José Mayor Sam Liccardo’s office to take a multidisciplinary approach to address these disparities and build opportunities for our boys and young men of color in San José, similar to the work being undertaken by the national My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.
My Brother’s Keeper: San José has a clear and steadfast goal – to improve the life outcomes of all of our boys and young men of color. This initiative will focus on three areas: school readiness, third-grade reading proficiency and successful workforce entry. To reach our goal, we will build strong and meaningful public/private partnerships to determine courses of action in each of these subject areas, take immediate steps to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color and plan for the long-term success of our community.
My Brother’s Keeper: San José is a commitment that the City of San José and SVCF have made to ensure that we eliminate the barriers that hold back our boys and young men of color and build an environment where they can thrive, so our whole community thrives.
Join us on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 1-3 p.m. to hear our draft Action Plan and help shape the future of this initiative. The meeting will take place at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose, CA 95116. For more information, please call 408.535.4800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.