Oakland leaders and non-profits were well-represented when President Obama and the White House launched the My Brother’s Keeper program this week, a national effort— in collaboration with many civic groups and foundations– to support education and training for young men of color.  Among the Oaklanders represented were Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Deputy Mayor Sandre Swanson; Cedric Brown, Co-Director of The Kapor Center for Social Impact, who represented the foundation; and Kalimah Priforce, lead organizer of the recent Startup Weekend Oakland Black Male Achievement.

Organizers are citing programs with an Oakland presence including Kipp Academy, Queyno Labs and ELEV8 Oakland as inspiration for the ambitious program. The Kapor Center for Social Impact and The Knight Foundation are among the groups investing.

See the White House statement here.

About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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