Our youth, particularly youth of color, face enormous challenges every day. Data indicates that on almost all indicators, boys and men of color lag far behind the rest of our population. The gaps between boys and young men of color and the rest of the population are stark and are seen in education, earnings, health, employment, neighborhood safety, workforce development and encounters with the law enforcement and justice system.
MBK Houston is an ambitious undertaking for our city. Improving future outcomes for our youth and children also means a better quality of life for all Houstonians. This translates to better economic conditions for families, access to quality education for all children and youth, improved health outcomes, a well-trained workforce, greater access to resources, safer neighborhoods, and a host of other factors. As leaders and decision makers and in our community, we need your help and support.
The Houston Health Department serves as the backbone organization of MBK to leverage the expertise of nonprofits, agencies, educational institutions and other partners to coalesce around strategies and evidence-based methodologies and programs seeking to increase opportunities and close disparity gaps that persist in our communities.
MBK aims to turn around lives and create more opportunities for the youth across the city. Many of them need supports that extend beyond the school district's resources and reach. The public, private sector, nonprofits and volunteers must work together to maximize existing resources.
MBK Houston welcomes you to get involved! The community support network consists of community residents, volunteers, parents, youth, multi-faceted organizations, civic groups, an others who support the achievement of MBK goals through volunteerism, community planning, advocacy, outreach and education, and resource development.
Mayor Turner's MBK Houston Summit took place September 9, 2016 at The Legacy Room at City Hall. Mayor Turner invited over 160 community stakeholders from the for-profit, non-profit, faith based and government sectors to attend this inaugural event in which he announced his commitment to the success of MBK and issued the charge to all citizens to "fill the potholes in the children of Houston lives".
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