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A few minutes after 5 p.m. POTUS delivered remarks at the My Brother’s Keeper summit in the South Court Auditorium of the Old Executive Office Building. This was a celebration of an initiative Obama started in 2014.
Event was open press, but here are a few remarks:
“These young people… are proof that a little love, a little support, allows them to achieve anything they can dream, anything can conceive.”
“I see myself in these young people. I grew up without a father. There were times when I made poor choices, times where I was adrift. The only difference between me and lot of other young men is that I grew up in more forgiving environment. I had people who encouraged me, who gave me a second chance.”
“This is not just an urban problem. It’s not just a people of color problem. This is a national challenge.”
“The only way we live up to America’s promise is if we value every single child, not just our own, and invest in every single child, as if they’re our own.”
“This is just the beginning. We are going to keep these efforts going, to invest in our young people, to break down barriers that keep them from getting ahead, and make sure they’ve got a chance to contribute.”
“My Brother’s Keeper was not about me. It was not about my presidency… It’s about all of us working together.”
“We can’t wait for government to do it for us. We’ve got to make sure we’re out there showing what works. We’ve got to put our own time and energy and effort and money into the effort. We have to be rigorous in measuring what works. We can’t hang on to programs just because they’ve been around a long time. We can’t be protective of programs that have not produced results for young people, even if they’ produced some jobs for some folks running them.” (Murmurs in the crowd)
About My Brother’s Keeper (MBK):
MBK is a national movement to expand opportunity and eliminate barriers that prevent boys and young men of color – and all of America’s young people – from reaching their full potential. The initiative has catalyzed an all hands on deck movement –leveraging public/private sector, local elected, community leaders, etc. – that’s building the infrastructure to deepen and sustain impact. More than 250 communities in all 50 states, 19 Tribal Nations, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico have accepted the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge to dedicate resources and execute their own strategic plans to ensure all young people can reach their full potential. Prior to MBK, there were only a few localities engaged in this type of work.
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