On April 23, 2020, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) collaborated with the Partnership for After School Education (PASE) to present a virtual My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Village Meeting. 405 people were in attendance. Participants included Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa, Regent Lester W. Young, Jr., Interim Commissioner Shannon Tahoe, members of the senior leadership team of NYSED, New York City Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza, along with his leadership team, and district administrators and staff from our 25 MBK communities. The meeting’s focus was on the Needs, Deeds and Impact of the 2018, 2019, and incoming 2020 MBK Fellows.
The event, hosted by Dr. Anael Alston, began with remarks from Chancellor Rosa and Regent Young. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt delivered a keynote entitled "From Adversity to Advantage." Many of our talented MBK Fellows shared selected stories of their trials and triumphs during the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Edwin Quezada, superintendent of Yonkers City School District, delivered closing remarks.