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Washtenaw County Considering Allocating Funding To My Brother's Keeper Program

Sep 30, 2020

After declaring that racism is a public health crisis, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is considering allocating $50,000 to the Washtenaw County My Brother’s Keeper program to promote increased equity work across our area.  

The proposed funding would be used next year to create scholarships, fellowships, and youth ambassador positions to continue creating pathways of success for young men of color in Washtenaw County.  Jamall Bufford is a project specialist for My Brother’s Keeper and says the group currently focuses on helping middle school students. 

Jamall Bufford: We want to motivate them to stay engaged in school and academics.  Also, help them find their passion and continue to pursue it.  Finding support groups and the right mentors and we also just want to be a presence in their lives as much as we can.

The Obama administration launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative across the country in 2014 to address opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color.  The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve the funding for the local chapter next month.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu