Dear Colleagues,

The New York State Education Department will host the 2018 New York State My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Symposium on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 in Albany.  More than 500 students, parents, educational leaders, and citizens from across New York State will gather for a two-day symposium on the MBK initiative to help boys and young men of color - and all students - realize their full potential.

Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa, Regent Lester W. Young, Jr. and Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will speak as part of the event's Welcome Session. We are so honored to have Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie join us and deliver remarks. Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown and Regents Kathleen Cashin, Beverly Ouderkirk, Nan Eileen Mead, Judith Johnson and Luis O. Reyes will attend as well. The event will include national experts in the field of human and child development, who have expertise in drawing out the full potential of boys and young men of color.

We are pleased to have one of the most sought-after education speakers in the country, Baruti Kafele, as our keynote speaker! We are also extremely fortunate to have Dr. Ronald Ferguson and Dr. Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz add significant value and insights to best equip participants to meet the needs of our diverse student body in New York State.

Symposium Guest Speakers Baruti Kafele, Dr. Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz, and Dr. Ronald Ferguson

In addition to providing resources and motivating and inspiring participants, we will also induct the inaugural class of the MBK Fellows. 

A webcast will be available on from 7:30am-2:00pm and 4:50-5:15pm on Friday, April 27. We encourage you to watch live.

We will also post live updates from the symposium on Twitter and Facebook. If you attend the event and post on social media, tag us and use these hashtags:

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We are very excited about this event!  We have reached capacity, and registration is now closed for in-person participants. If you have not already registered, we hope you take the opportunity to participate via webcast and hear from MBK programs across New York State as they share their success stories, challenges, and strategies. Subscribe to this newsletter and follow us on social media to learn how to become involved in NYSMBK in your community.

Thank you for your interest in MBK!


The New York State My Brother's Keeper Team