After School Connection REGISTRATION DEADLINE Wednesday, August 30th

My Brother's Keeper


On August 10, 2016, Mayor Thomas M. Roach held a Press Conference on the steps of City Hall to formally announce that the City of White Plains has accepted the call to action to launch the My Brother’s Keeper initiative which will address the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

The My Brother’s Keeper initiative was launched by President Barack Obama, February 2014 to improve the lifelong outcomes of boys and young men of color. Since 2014, more 250 cities across the nation have accepted the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. 

We welcome your participation in this great endeavor.


Press Release for Summer Readers Achievers Program 

Hello and Welcome to the My Brother's Keeper Summer Readers Achiever Program. We are glad that your organization has decided to participate in this initiative to encourage children to continue with their reading during the long summer months. On this page you will find the recommended reading list developed in partnership with the White Plains Public Library. You can also downloadable a Certificate of Recognition that we encourage you to give each child who participates.  

We request that you also complete the attached brief survey for our records.
Fill out the online form.

Summer Readers Achievers Reading List: 

Grade: Pre-K
Tito Puente, Mambo King by Monica Brown
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
Chocolate Me by Taye Diggs
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
Gracias/Thanks by Pat Mora
Shades of Black: a Celebration of Our Children by Sandra Pinkney

Grade: K-1
Papa and Me by Arthur Dorros
Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson (paperback)
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan (paperback)
Knock, Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty
Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh

Grade: 2-3
My Name is Gabito: the Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez by Monica Brown
Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask by Xavier Garza
John Henry by Julius Lester
Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

Grade: 4-5
Lowriders in Space series by Cathy Camper
The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
Hip Hop Speaks to Children: a celebration of poetry with a beat, edited by Nikki Giovanni
Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson

Grade: 6-8
The Watson’s Go To Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
Heat by Mike Lupica
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
We Beat the Street by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt and Sharon Draper

Grade: 9-10
Tyrell by Coe Booth
Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelosv
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz
Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
The Afterlife by Gary Sotov
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Storkv

Grade: 11-12
He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander
The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña
March, Books 1-3 by John Lewis
Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera


My Brother's Keeper Youth Employment Workshop

My Brother's Keeper Employment Workshop


To find out more about My Brother's Keeper download our 13 page brochure OR

 > Click the following link to see what The Journal News has to say about My Brother's Keeper:

 My Brother's Keeper brochure

milestones for My Brother's Keeper