My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento Coalition Brings Together Youth Leaders to Address Disparities and Create Opportunities for Boys and Young Men of Color

WHAT: 15 young men of color, 16 – 20 years old, have completed a nine-month My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Sacramento fellowship program focused on culturally-grounded, trauma-informed advocacy, brotherhood and leadership development. Sharing an evening with MBK Sacramento Youth Fellow alumni and community leaders, the cohort will present research findings and policy recommendations for improved educational, health, social and economic outcomes for boys and men of color, as well as celebrate personal achievements during their fellowship. Funding for youth scholarships in partnership with the Sacramento Kings and for expanded mentoring opportunities through the Obama Foundation will also be announced.


  • Matt Cervantes – Sierra Health Foundation and The Center
  • Dr. Stacey Ault – CSU Sacramento and MBK Sacramento Collaborative Co-Chair
  • Cristian Franco, Jr. – MILPA and MBK Sacramento Collaborative Co-Chair
  • Shyheim Snead – Obama Foundation
  • Sacramento Kings Representation
  • Current and Past Youth Fellows

WHEN:      June 12, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE:    Sierra Health Foundation, 1321 Garden Highway, Sacramento   

WHY: In Sacramento, and across the nation, boys and men of color face disproportionate barriers to success. The MBK Sacramento Collaborative was established in response President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Memorandum in 2014, calling for national attention focused on addressing persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. In 2018, The Center at Sierra Health Foundation was selected as a recipient of an Obama Foundation MBK Community Challenge Impact grant to support the MBK Sacramento Collaborative in expanding mentoring and violence intervention efforts.

The funding scales up the Black Child Legacy Campaign’s Healing the Hood Initiative at seven neighborhood service hubs, the MBK Sacramento Youth Fellowship Program, the Positive Youth Justice Initiative and community programs such as Advance Peace, Sacramento City Unified School District’s Men’s Leadership Academy, Improve Your Tomorrow, and others that utilize mentorship, restorative justice and healing-centered, trauma-informed practices to create opportunity for boys and men of color. 

The MBK Sacramento Collaborative is funded by Sierra Health Foundation and the Obama Foundation and is managed by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation.


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