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 MBKhouston.org/GetInvolved 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.
Updates are posted regularly on the MBK Houston website at www.mbkhouston.org or you may sign up for our monthly e-newsletter via the MBK
website as well.
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
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
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.