Washtenaw County My Brother's Keeper

Eli Savit
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit is creating change. Washtenaw County has joined communities across the world using art + creativity to detour youth away from the justice system. Eli talks about his office’s decision to add preventative creative programs and its partnership with Washtenaw My Brother’s Keeper and the Vera Institute of Justice on this "creative:impact" with show co-hosts Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw and WEMU’s David Fair.


Jamall Bufford
Jamall Bufford / Washtenaw My Brother's Keeper

Jamall Bufford is a musician, rapper, and DJ, and his energy impacts a number of young men through his work as project specialist at Washtenaw County My Brother's Keeper (WMBK).  He joined "creative:impact" co-hosts Deb Polich and David Fair to discuss the importance of infusing art and creativity into youth development projects.  The efforts have resulted in an album featuring a number of talented young people from Washtenaw County and a documentary film highlighting how the project offers a path forward. 


Washtenaw MBK

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.  

Washtenaw United WMBK My Brother's Keeper
David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

The "My Brother's Keeper" program was created by the Obama administration in 2014, and Washtenaw County was among the first to sign on.  Two representatives from Washtenaw My Brother's Keeper (WMBK), Rod Wallace and Jamall Bufford, talk to WEMU's David Fair about its latest projects for this week's "Washtenaw United."


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

The Washtenaw County chapter of My Brother's Keeper (WMBK) has been helping young men of color get far in life for years.  Their latest endeavor involves connecting with the community through rap music.  WMBK project specialist Jamall Bufford discusses the group's new "Formula 734" project with WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg for this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

During the Obama administration, a new program called "My Brother's Keeper" was established to assist young people of color in their education and potential career paths.  Washtenaw County was the first county in the U.S. to jump on this new mission.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg hear all about the Washtenaw County chapter of My Brother's Keeper from Shamar Herron, who sits on its planning committee.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

A discussion will be held Monday evening at Eastern Michigan University to explore ways Washtenaw County residents can support boys and young men of color.