Youths: Your participation begins by getting involved in MBK activities within your community or school. These activities include YAC, mentoring programs, and WIN-WIN to name a few. As your involvement increases, so will the likelihood of reaching your full potential to be an advocate for change in your community. Parents are encouraged to get involved too. There are many in-school and out of school volunteer opportunities that support the aim of improving outcomes for our youth. Visit for more details.

The City of Houston unanimously approved a resolution that outlines the city's commitment to ensuring MBK Houston will implement its Local Action Plan in its entirety. The city has already made a significant investment in the initiative and is closely monitoring its progress to ensure we are improving outcomes for our youth.
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MBK Houston employs a collective impact strategy. It is a partnership that uses common goals, data and collaborative action to improve the systems (i.e. education, health, social services, and families) responsible for assuring the health and well-being of children/youth. This proven strategy has been successfully deployed in many projects throughout the United States and globally with a range of examples cited in Stanford Social Innovation Review. In addition, Memphis Fast Forward is a good example of a citywide collective impact initiative similar to MBK Houston.
Initially three high school feeder patterns within HISD will serve as pilot communities. The 29 HISD elementary schools, middle schools and high schools within the Kashmere, Wheatley, and Scarborough communities that service 17,000 youth of color.
Children who live in these communities will have opportunities to participate through in school and out of school programs, services, and interventions that are available through the MBK Area Action Ntwork.
Yes, the Houston Health Department has a long history of helping youth and families in need of basic human services by referring and connecting individuals to organizations, agencies, and other non-profits that are within our network.
We have specific dates for our key programs to be implemented and success measurements will be established. However, what we are really creating is a sustainable model that decreases the disparities of minority youth and that becomes part of the fabric of the overall care system.
My Brothers Keeper (MBK) is a national initiative created to support minority youth in achieving their full potential. The City of Houston has developed a local action plan that focuses on the priority needs of our Youth in Houston. The Houston Health Department is the quarterback for our local plan and works closely with existing community programs, nonprofit organizations, social services and creates new programs to fill in the gaps. We are creating a comprehensive; overall care system that is here for you, today, tomorrow and every day.
Budget: In November, the City passed a resolution supporting the expenditure of city funds to implement MBK Houston Local Action Plan with an initial investment of $1.3m in fiscal year 2016. Resources: Houston Health and Human Services Department was chosen as the central coordination point and backbone for the Local Action Plan and has resources dedicated to driving the local action plan. The New Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, has pledged his continued support.
My Brothers Keeper is needed in many neighborhoods across the Houston area. Initially, by focusing on the three selected communities of Kashmere, Wheatley and Scarborough, we aim to maximize the success in improving outcomes for the minority youth of color in these communities while establishing the infrastructure of services and network of providers to scale to more communities in the future. While these areas of focus are our priority for the foreseeable future, keep in mind that MBK often works with our partners to deliver their services, many of which are already offered across the city. To see resources available in select communities, please refer to our MBK Resource Guide.
Although many of the service providers are already in place, there will be a need for additional funding to support 1) expansion of services to more communities 2) additional programs in response to community needs 3) technology support for networking, communications and data sharing. The capacity of the service providers to meet this future demand is insufficient and will therefore need additional government and private funding to be sustained over time.