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Story Publication logo February 25, 2014

Obama’s Outreach to Young Men of Color

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After five years in office, America's first black president may finally be getting serious about helping young minority men.

The White House announced earlier this month that President Barack Obama is set to launch a new initiative called "My Brother's Keeper," aimed at bolstering the lives of young men of color – a demographic far too often trapped in cycles of poverty, academic failure and incarceration.

"We're going to pull together private philanthropists, foundations, working with governors and mayors and churches and non-profits and we're just going to focus on young men of color and find ways in which we can create more pathways to success for them," Obama said in an interview that aired during the NBA All-Star game on Sunday.

To read more of the article, written by Trymaine Lee, click here.


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