City of Long Beach
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Long Beach, CA 90802
Today, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, Neighborhood Relations Officer Tracy Colunga and FUSE Executive Fellow Veronica Njodinizeh join President Barack Obama who will deliver remarks at a summit on the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative (MBK) at the White House.
The Long Beach Community can join the summit event live today at www.whitehouse.gov/live. President Obama is scheduled to speak at 4:45 pm EST.
Vice Mayor Richardson will speak on a panel with national elected leaders who have led the MBK work at the local level. The summit will highlight the progress, impact and future of MBK as well as the many local and national efforts to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color, and ensure all youth can reach their full potential.
“Long Beach has helped lead the national conversation on leveling the playing field for all youth, including boys and young men of color,” said Vice Mayor Richardson. “With data-based innovative strategies, like the MBK Local Action Plan, the Promising Adults Tomorrow’s Hope (PATH) Young Adult Diversion Program, and the creation of the Long Beach Office of Equity, Long Beach is positioned to sustainably carry on this part of President Obama’s legacy.”
My Brother's Keeper was launched by President Barack Obama in January 2014. Long Beach joined the My Brother’s Keeper challenge a year later as part of its violence prevention plan, Safe Long Beach, after Vice Mayor Richardson heard President Obama speak in Washington, D.C. about turning My Brother’s Keeper into a challenge to communities around the country. The City Council adopted a resolution brought by Vice Mayor Richardson and Councilmembers Lena Gonzalez, Roberto Uranga and Al Austin in January 2015, making Long Beach one of 200 cities nationwide to support the president’s community challenge.
The action plan is the result of a series of task force meetings held from Summer 2015 to Spring 2016. The finalized plan focuses on solutions to six key areas meant to measurably reduce youth violence by 2020, as recommended by President Obama’s Administration:
A group of national elected leaders who have been exemplary in their advocacy on the MBK agenda will participate in a panel discussion, sharing lessons about what makes this effort successful at the community level. Challenges and solutions will be shared, and strategies for deepening the work for greater impact will be developed.