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Teacher Opportunity Corps II Summit

Save the date for a day of professional development, learning, and reflection for the TOC II community.

Date: April 10, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY

Directions to the Cultural Education Center

TOC II Summit Flyer

TOC II Summit Agenda

Speakers and facilitators pictured from top left to bottom right:
Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Mr. Lawrence Levy, & Mr. Alhassan Susso

Additional details about the Teacher Opportunity Corps II Summit

TOC II Summit: Practices that Inform, Transform, and Shift the Narrative

On Wednesday, April 10, 2019 the MBK TOC II community will convene at the Cultural Education Center in Albany, NY for our first TOC II Summit. This full day event will include a feature presentation by Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz of Teacher’s College, Columbia University, panel and round table discussions, and presentations focused on current issues in teacher preparation.  Our speakers and facilitators include author and national presenter, Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, award-winning educator and Assistant Commissioner, Dr. Anael Alston, and the 2019 New York State Teacher of the Year, Mr. Alhassan Susso.  As a bonus, during our working lunch we will hear about groundbreaking research on the diversity of the teaching profession on Long Island by Dr.  William Mangino and Executive Dean Lawrence Levy of Hofstra University.

2019 New York State My Brother's Keeper Symposium

Save the date for the 2019 New York State My Brother's Keeper Symposium!

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019

Time: 7:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Location: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY

The 2019 MBK Symposium is an invitation-only event. Find more details about the 2019 MBK Symposium here.

2019 Vice Chancellor Emerita Adelaide L. Sanford Scholarship

The annual Vice Chancellor Emerita Adelaide L. Sanford Scholarship will be awarded to one MBK Fellow and one female graduating high school senior from a New York State Education Department recognized My Brother’s Keeper community who best meet the requirements set forth by the Scholarship Committee. Scholarships awarded are limited to cover tuition, fees and books. Scholarships will range between $500 and $2,000/annually over 4 years while enrolled in college with final scholarship amounts to be determined based on student’s financial need and at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.

Information and application for the Vice Chancellor Emerita Adelaide L. Sanford Scholarship

Stand and Deliver: MBK Fellows Workshop and Leadership Presentations

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) hosted the My Brother's Keeper Fellows for a leadership workshop entitled "Stand and Deliver" on Friday, February 15, 2019. The workshop focused on providing leadership development in public speaking and presentations. NYSED's Director of Family and Community Engagement, Dr. Don-Lee Applyrs, facilitated the workshop alongside Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, author of the book Madd Truth. During the workshop, the MBK Fellows had the opportunity to "Stand and Deliver" presentations highlighting their authentic leadership experience(s) as MBK Fellows.

"Stand and Deliver" Agenda

Directions to the New York State Museum

Changing the Narrative: An Update on My Brother’s Keeper in New York State, Legislative Caucus Workshop

On Saturday, February 16, 2019, the MBK Fellows also participated in the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators 48th Annual Legislative Conference. During the caucus, NYS MBK conducted a three-part workshop, led by NYSED Assistant Commissioner for Access, Equity, and Community Engagement Dr. Anael Alston, to provide an update on the growing MBK movement across New York State and demonstrate the impact and implications of the Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC II) and the My Brother's Keeper Fellows.

Changing the Narrative - Caucus Workshop Agenda

Directions to the Legislative Office Building

More Than a Grant: The My Brother’s Keeper Challenge

On November 2, 2018 in Albany, NYSED hosted a day of professional development for My Brother’s Keeper grant-funded programs. MBK-funded projects brought participants who were responsible for implementing MBK-funded projects (e.g., Program Directors, Assistant Program Directors, District or School Administrators, etc.).

Mandatory for: Family and Community Engagement Program, Exemplary School Models and Practices, and Challenge  

Optional for: MBK Native American and Teacher Opportunity Corp II

Agenda for professional development training session on November 2

Poughkeepsie MBK: Our Future Is Bright Because Our Choices Are Right

In fall 2018, Dr. Anael Alston, Assistant Commissioner for the office of Access, Equity, and Community Engagement Services, conducted a mastermind on Madd Truth by Dr. Alfonso Wyatt with the Poughkeepsie MBK community and school leaders. The book continues to serve as the basis for the mindset and skills that are being developed with young people across New York State. Program staff were welcome but are not required to participate.

Dates and call-in information are listed below.

Thursday, October 18th (page 3-20, chapters 1-6)
Thursday, October 25th (pages 23-40, chapters 7-8)
Thursday, November 1st (pages 43-61, chapters 9-12) 
Thursday, November 8th   (pages 65-88, chapters 13-15)
Thursday, November 15th (pages 91-122, chapters 16-20)

MBK Fellows and Friends Retreat

In partnership with the Monticello Central School District, the State Education Department hosted the MBK Fellows and Friends Leadership Retreat in Ellenville, NY on August 28-29, 2018. The retreat was part of the leadership training component of the Fellows program.

At the retreat the fellows participated in activities designed to help them reach their full potential. The retreat featured workshops from national speaker, author, and trainer Robert Jackson and our own New York State Regent Dr. Lester Young.

In a series of workshops and activities, students strengthened their self-expression, built leadership capacity, and reinforced a positive self-image by learning about the power of words, the importance of networking, building positive relationships, and making sound life decisions.

Please read the letter from Assistant Commissioner Dr. Alston for important information about the retreat.

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My Brother's Keeper

In 2014, former President Barack Obama established the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Task Force at the federal level. The Task Force was an interagency effort focused on closing and eliminating the opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color so that all young people have the chance to reach their full potential.

With the adoption of the 2016–2017 New York State Budget, New York became the first state to accept the President’s challenge and enacted the My Brother’s Keeper initiative into law. The budget included a $20 million investment in support of the initiative to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color.

The New York State My Brother’s Keeper Community Network includes more than 20 member communities that have joined the growing initiative to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color. Find out how to become a member of New York State My Brother's Keeper Community Network.

Recognized NYSMBK Communities

  1. Albany
  2. Brentwood
  3. Bronx
  4. Brooklyn
  5. Buffalo
  6. Dunkirk
  7. East Ramapo
  8. Greenburgh
  9. Hudson
  10. Ithaca
  11. Lyons
  12. Manhattan
  13. Mt. Vernon
  14. Newburgh Enlarged
  15. New Rochelle
  16. Ossining
  17. Poughkeepsie
  18. Queens
  19. Rochester
  20. Staten Island
  21. Syracuse
  22. White Plains
  23. Yonkers

National MBK Milestones

At the national level, MBK is focused on six milestones:

  1. Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn
    All children should have a healthy start and enter school ready – cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally.
  2. Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade
    All children should be reading at grade level by age 8 – the age at which reading to learn becomes essential.
  3. Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career
    All youth should receive a quality high school education and graduate with the skills and tools needed to advance to postsecondary education or training.
  4. Completing Postsecondary Education or Training
    Every American should have the option to attend postsecondary education and receive the education and training needed for the quality jobs of today and tomorrow.
  5. Successfully Entering the Workforce
    Anyone who wants a job should be able to get a job that allows them to support themselves and their families.
  6. Keeping Kids on Track and Giving Them Second Chances
    All youth and young adults should be safe from violent crime; and individuals who are confined should receive the education, training, and treatment they need for a second chance.


In addition to supporting the six milestones set at the national level, New York’s MBK initiative is also committed to: 

  1. Ensuring equitable access to high quality schools and programs;
  2. Expanding prevention, early warning, and intervention services;
  3. Using differentiated approaches based on need and culture;
  4. Responding to structural and institutional racism;
  5. Making comprehensive and coordinated support services widely available; and
  6. Engaging families and communities in a trusted and respectful way.

New York State My Brother's Keeper Report

This report commissioned by the New York State Education Department explores strategies to help boys and young men of color—and all students—realize their full potential. The report, New York State Education Department My Brother’s Keeper Guidance Document: Emerging Practices for Schools and Communities, provides an overview of the outcome trends among boys of color in K-12 school environments, and a research review of the most prevalent strategies currently being implemented in schools and communities across the country.

My Brother’s Keeper Native American Program (MBKNAP) Grant—$750,000

The purpose of the MBK Native American Program is to increase the academic achievement and college/career readiness of Native American students, with emphasis on boys and young men.

For additional information, please review the revised grant application documents:

My Brother’s Keeper Fellows Program (MBKFP) Grant—$250,000

The purpose of the MBK Fellows grant is to provide 11th grade high school students, with an emphasis on boys and young men of color, with opportunities to gain authentic leadership experience(s) and develop service projects beneficial to the schools they attend and the communities they live in. In 2018, the State Education Department announced the inaugural class of My Brother’s Keeper Fellows.

For additional information, please review the grant application documents:

My Brother’s Keeper Exemplary School Models and Practices (ESMP)—$2 Million

The State Education Department will award grants to districts that will develop and/or expand exemplary high quality college and career readiness school models, programs and practices that demonstrate cultural and linguistic responsiveness, that emphasize the needs of boys and young men of color.

Update 1/16/18: Deadline Extended! New applications are being accepted. All applications must be postmarked by February 7, 2018. For additional information, please review the revised grant application documents:

My Brother’s Keeper Challenge—$7 Million

The MBK Challenge Grant Program is designed to encourage regions and school districts to develop and execute coherent cradle-to-career college strategies that are aimed at improving the life outcomes for boys and young men of color and develop and sustain effective relationships with families toward the goal of success for all students. In 2016, NYSED awarded $7 million in grants to 40 school districts with an annual distribution for 3 years to work with community-based organizations and other groups to improve family engagement efforts in local communities. 

For additional information, please review the grant application documents:

Teacher Opportunity Corps II—$3 Million

The State Education Department seeks to invest in programs that bolster the retention of highly qualified individuals who value equity and reflect the diversity inside and outside of our classrooms, particularly in high-need schools with recurrent teacher shortages. 

Successful grantee programs will incorporate proven strategies for teacher retention and best practice, such as mentors for new teachers and differentiated instructional techniques.

Office of Family and Community Engagement—$8 Million

The State Education Department was awarded $2 million to create a new office that will develop statewide policy and offer school districts best practices for communicating with families and local communities. 

SED will award $6 million in grants for school districts, community-based organizations, and other groups to improve family engagement efforts in local communities. 

These efforts might include parent advocacy and/or creating outreach material in home languages so families can learn how to enhance school success for their children beginning at the earliest ages through high school and beyond.


Blue Ribbon Committee

In 2015, the New York State Board of Regents convened a Blue Ribbon Committee consisting of state, regional and national experts including practitioners representing education Pre K-20, community based organizations, youth development, health, elected officials, and state-wide professional organizations. The committee was charged with examining the educational challenges and opportunities boys and young men of color face on a daily basis and to recommend strategies to address the challenges and expand opportunities to increase their educational successes.

List of Blue Ribbon Committee Members

For more information on Grant Opportunities and MBK in NYS, email:






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  • The NYSMBK logo may not be used to endorse any commercial product or service, nor may the logo be used in advertising or in any manner that could give rise to the appearance of endorsement.
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