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My Brother's and Sister's Keeper

My Brother's and Sister's Keeper

President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.

St. Pete is one of those towns, and has expanded the program to include young girls – My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper.

Cohort of Champions Youth Training Program

The City's inaugural Cohort of Champions Initiative, is a unique training opportunity for 100 young men, ages 12 to 24.

A key part of our My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper Initiative, the inaugural Cohort of Champions training program involves educational, entrepreneurial, workforce, and enrichment training opportunities. The COC Training Initiative is the next step to prepare our African American boys and young men for the future as well as to develop a trained, qualified and ready workforce.

Learn more about the Cohort of Champions youth training initiative:

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The 100 participants for 2017 have already been selected to participate in this unique, one-year program. 

Applications for the inaugural Cohort of Champions were accepted through November 30, 2016. Parents/guardians, teachers, adults, youth should look for upcoming notices about the program for future years. 2016/2017 Documents: 

Want to be a Champion in Training? - Nov. 2016 Flyer 
Cohort of Champions -- Nov. 2016 News Release
Cohort of Champions Application from Nov. 2016 

For more about the Cohort of Champions, workforce development and training for African-American boys and young men, contact Rev. Kenny Irby, at 727-893-7808 or

Not My Son

Not My Son (NMS) is a grassroots community outreach marketing campaign and intervention effort to assist African American male youth and young adults, (12-24 years of age) in the City of St. Petersburg under the MBSK umbrella. The primary goal is to promote positive achievement and anti-crime awareness. We solicit your support as we strive to serve notice that education, opportunities, and positive relationship are the formula for hope in our community.

There are two ways to get involved:

  1. Take the Not My Son pledge.
  2. Join us for a community canvass.
    August 11, 2017 - 6:30 PM

    Bethel Community Baptist Church
    2901 54th Avenue South
    Lakewood Neighborhood
    Contact: Ms. Sheana Vaughn
    Church: (727) 866-2567

To learn more about our community canvass activities, Contact Us

To view and download the Not My Son logo, click here.

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