On February 27, 2014, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum to establish the My Brotherâ€™s Keeper (MBK) initiative. Its goal is to work on issues aimed at empowering boys and young men of color, a segment of our society which too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success. These obstacles are found in our schools, communities, criminal justice system, families, and even in the minds of our young people themselves. President Obama is committed to building a broad coalition of backers to help break down barriers, clear pathways to opportunities, and reverse troubling trends, which show too many of our young men of color slipping through the cracks in society.
In response to the Presidentâ€™s initiative, Fulton County Chairman John H. Eaves, reached out to the national My Brotherâ€™s Keeper Community Challenge seeking solutions. Chairman Eaves and Commissioner Joan P. Garner have established the My Brotherâ€™s Keeper Fulton County (MBKFC) Task Force. The overall goal is to align with President Obamaâ€™s efforts to educate and save the lives of children, with a focus on Fulton County (see My Brother's Keeper Fulton County Action Plan). A 110-member Task Force has been developed by Chairman Eaves.