My Brother’s Keeper
My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is a grant-funded program that supports boys and young men of color through mentoring and positive relationships so they can reach their greatest potentials.
Participants work with mentors to develop their academic skills and personal relationships, explore opportunities for higher education, work toward career readiness, team-building and making positive life choices.
A group of junior high students in the My Brother’s Keeper program looked dapper in their suits while meeting with district administrators. With the boys, from left to right, are April Prestipino (Coordinator of School Improvement), Dr. Maria Lagana Suttmeier (Superintendent of Schools), and Sharifa Carbon (School Business Administrator). Ninth graders from our My Brother’s Keeper program toured the nearby Questar III educational center to learn about various career & technical education programs. Hudson MBK group during the community car wash they held this spring. They washed 15 cars for members of the Hudson community! Hudson MBK group during the community car wash they held this spring. They washed 15 cars for members of the Hudson community! Hudson MBK helped pack food for the BackPack Program at Hudson City School District, which provides weekend meals to students in need and tackle the “weekend gap” when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. Hudson MBK students participated in a six-week summer mentoring program. One field trip was to the Columbia County Jail for a tour of the facility and to help illustrate potential consequences for making a poor choice in life (due to following friends or bad influences). The visit also gave them an opportunity to consider career choices such as police officer, correctional officer, or dispatcher.