New York State My Brother_s Keeper_ Changing the Narrative
January 2020
Dear Colleagues, Partners, and Friends,

January is National Mentoring Month, and all month, we have been celebrating many of the wonderful MBK mentoring programs that help make a real difference in the lives of our youth. We have featured programs in Yonkers Public Schools, Peekskill City School District, Greenburgh Central School District, Hudson City School District, and Brooklyn College , and we know there are many other programs that are doing great things for students. As always, if you would like us to feature one of your programs in our newsletter, please contact us , and be sure to follow us on Twitter to check out the stories!

My History My Future
In February, NYSED will once again team up with The Education Trust-New York for our Black History Month #MyHistoryMyFuture social media campaign.

We're asking students what they envision their futures looking like. Throughout Black History Month, we will feature inspiring quotes from students participating in MBK programs across the state.

To see all of the students' quotes, check out the #MyHistoryMyFuture hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


Dr. Anael Alston 
Assistant Commissioner 
Office of Access, Equity and Community Engagement Services
My Brother's Keeper Symposium - Save the Date! 4/23/20

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce that NYSED will host the fourth My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Symposium on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY. The theme of this year's MBK Symposium is "Success for All Is Within Reach."
We anticipate the MBK Symposium will grow exponentially in energy, excitement, and engagement this year, reflecting the growth of the #NYSMBK movement in New York State since its adoption in 2016. 
Please "Save The Date." More details will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. 
We are looking forward to having you join us for this momentous event!
Stand and Deliver: MBK Fellows Leadership Workshop

New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators 49th Legislative Conference

Friday, February 14 - Saturday, February 15, 2020

Members of the NYS Board of Regents_ NYSED staff_ and MBK Fellows at the 2019 MBK Symposium
Members of the NYS Board of Regents, NYSED staff, and MBK Fellows at the 2019 MBK Symposium
In February, the MBK Fellows will participate in an extensive day-long leadership workshop at the New York State Museum in Albany. The workshop will feature music
artist and activist, Mysonne "The NY General" as the keynote presenter. The workshop will also feature Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, author of the book Madd Truth

MBK Fellows will be provided with training in leadership development, community building, self-awareness, and essential tools for the next phase in their academic and life journeys. Applying public speaking tips obtained from the virtual training sessions with Principal  Baruti Kafele,  the Fellows will stand tall and confidently deliver mini presentations. MBK Fellows will also have the opportunity to attend and participate in the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators (NYSABPRL) Legislative Conference to gain exposure in civic engagement.
NYSMBK Fellows Mastermind Calls with Dr. Anael Alston

MBK Fellows and their mentors or school district representatives have begun participating in the masterminds series (book studies and discussion) on the book Madd Truth by Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt with Dr. Anael Alston, the Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Access, Equity and Community Engagement Services at NYSED. Fellows have been sharing meaningful aspects of the book and how they are applying the lessons, insights, and principles in their everyday lives.
Virtual Public Speaking Training with Baruti Kafele 

On January 10, 2020 and January 17, 2020, MBK Fellows engaged in a virtual training on leadership and the key elements of effective public speaking with h ighly regarded urban educator, speaker, and author Principal Baruti Kafele. The Fellows gained valuable public speaking skills necessary for school, career, and life and will apply these skills during the "Stand and Deliver: Leadership Workshop" in February.

Teacher Opportunity Corps II (TOC II)

The purpose of  TOC II   is to increase the rate of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in teaching careers. TOC II programs incorporate strategies for teacher retention and best practice, such as mentors for new teachers and differentiated instructional techniques.
SUNYTOC II Spotlight: Clarkson University's KaiChe' Roxborough 

Roxborough works full-time as a tutor for middle school students
Brooklyn native KaiChe' Roxborough is a My Brother's Keeper Teacher Opportunity Corps II (TOC II) Scholar in Clarkson University's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

Roxborough believes that the TOC II program is important because it allows young men of color to reach their full potential. "Education can widen perspectives and MBK provides an opportunity for young men of color to continue pursuing their education," he said. "This is vital because if they can find something more in life, it can lead them in a direction they may fall in love with."

Roxborough is pursuing his MAT in business and marketing
because he sees a need for greater financial literacy among young people. "Clarkson has an excellent MAT program," he says. "Their pedagogical skills have surpassed my expectations and I am picking up tips that I plan to use in my own classroom."

After earning his MAT at Clarkson, Roxborough plans to support the My Brother's Keeper Initiative. "I hope to work in high-need settings and find my own creative ways to impact youth, creating a positive domino effect," he says.

Roxborough earned his bachelor of arts degree in communication from the University at Albany and is currently working full-time as a tutor for middle-school students at Washington Irving Adult and Continuing Education Center in Schenectady.

Story written by Michael Griffin, Communications Consultant, Clarkson University.
Exemplary School Models and Practices (ESMP)

The purpose of  ESMP  is to 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.
SUNYESMP Spotlight: Health and Science Activities Fair at JHS 80

In December 2019, the Health and Science Activities Fair was held at JHS 80 in the Bronx. The event was hosted by Mentoring in Medicine in collaboration with the Jacobi-Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Take Care New York, and the NYC Department of Health. 

The ESMP grant was used to transform the school's gym into an immersive health and science experience for 315 middle school students. Students had the opportunity to participate in 22 hands-on lessons from physicians and pre-health college students. 

The activities included a demonstration of the dangers of vaping using sheep lungs, guided CPR instruction, a lesson on flu prevention techniques, and the creation of 3D molecules.
Learn More

Find out more about New York State's My Brother's Keeper initiative by visiting our MBK website, which provides details about the grants mentioned in this newsletter. The website also includes sharable videos about MBK, featuring young men of color from New York State.
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