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Newburgh Accepts My Brother's Keeper Challenge


This month Newburgh has joined hundreds of cities nationwide in accepting President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper challenge. Aimed at improving life outcomes and opening up opportunities for all youth, especially young men of color, Newburgh’s MBK initiative is a partnership of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, local municipalities, and several community based organizations. “It is time to move from rhetoric to action. The MBK movement crystalizes our district’s efforts to better educate our scholars. The national and state MBK milestones serve to guide districts who are committed to equity and access”, stated Dr. Roberto Padilla the Superintendent of Schools.

In February 2014, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential across the country.  The initiative seeks to organize and capitalize on the commitment of community leaders in order to reach that goal. My Brother’s Keeper is focused on six milestones:

The Newburgh Enlarged City School District community is excited to have officially accepted the challenge. As stated in the district’s official acceptance sent to the White House earlier this month, “We in Newburgh accept the My Brother's Keeper challenge and wholeheartedly commit to working diligently to ensure that all of the six milestones are reached”. It is through the ongoing work of community, school, and family that these milestones will be attainable. The district will be working on a comprehensive plan of action and scope in the weeks and months to come.

For more information on our progress, please visit the district’s website www.newburghschools.org or follow us on social media Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NewburghSchools.

For more information on the national initiative being adopted in NYS, visit

http://www.nysed.gov/mbk/my-brothers-keeper 


TEACHERS: Are you and your students doing something great? Please contact your Communication Strategist. We’d love to attend or post your pictures and recap to highlight the amazing accomplishments throughout our district! Grades PreK-5 Amanda McDowell (amcdowell@necsd.net) and Grades 6-12 Cassie Sklarz (csklarz@necsd.net).



Photo 1 is of the NECSD Executive Director of Equity & Access, Dr. Ebony Green (seated at computer) with the NECSD Director of Family and Community Engagement, Pamela Peterson (standing) as they officially accept MBK Challenge.
Photo 2 is of the Newburgh My Brother’s Keeper planning committee in action.








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