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 cities and has expanded the program to include young girls – My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper.
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:
- Cohort of Champions End of Year Report (2018)
- 2017 St. Pete Cohort of Champions Progress Report
- COC Guide Brochure
Summer Workforce Training Academy
Registration starts on May 13th at the Enoch Davis Center and is free and open to Cohort members ages 12-18.
Monday – Thursday
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Contact Carlos Daniels 727-893-7894 or Richard Prince 727-430-8669 to sign your child up. Act fast!
|COC Digital Application (Ages 18+)||COC Printable Application (Ages 18+)|
|COC Digital Application (Ages Under 18)||COC Printable Application (Ages Under 18)|
The male collaborative of the MBSK initiative advocates and brings awareness to the current programs, services, and activities operating in St. Petersburg that uplift the economic status of black males in our community. The collaborative mentors the youth in the Cohort of Champions and also strategizes new ideas, new services, and new programs that build bridges to the needs of our community.
City officials extended their commitment to youth in St. Petersburg with new programs geared toward young women – starting with the “JUST B YOU” Conference for middle schools girls in summer 2017 and the “JUST GIRL TALK” conference for young women in high school in April 2018.
Mayor Rick Kriseman stated, “We are committed to improving the lives of everyone, including the young women of our city. I am pleased with the progress we have seen in our Cohort of Champions and our Not My Son campaign. This next important step in the My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper initiative will help these young women and girls build a strong sense of self-confidence.”
The newest program of the Sister's Keeper Collective is Sister's Kin-nect -- "A community of inspiring women igniting and connecting opportunities." This annual event will offer a dynamic evening of personal investment, intention to ignite and inspire for women of all ages.
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:
- Take the Not My Son pledge.
- Join us for a Community Canvass. Each Friday during the summer break we will take our message of "Make a Difference" to the streets of St. Petersburg, FL with the simple goal of building relationships and encouraging others.
Upcoming Canvass Dates
|May 31 – St. Joseph Catholic Church
2101 22nd Ave. S.
|June 7 – Grt. Mt. Zion AME Church
1045 16th St. S.
|June 14 – New Faith Free Methodist Church
2427 Irving St. S.
|June 21 – Collins-St. Mark AMEC
3631 22nd Ave. S.
|June 28 – Historic Bethel AMEC
912 3rd Ave. N.
|July 5 – Mt. Pilgrim MB Church
4000 5th Ave. S.
|July 12 – Campbell Park Rec.
601 14th St. S.
|July 19 – Today’s Church: Tampa Bay
950 5th Ave. S.
|July 26 – Greater Light A.M.E ZION Church
1400 Dr. Martin Luther King St. S.
|August 2 – Child's Park Swimming Pool
Child's Park Neighborhood Assoc.
|August 9 – Mt. Zion Progressive Church
955 29th St. S.
As the city continues to expand the Mayor’s education and community initiatives designed to provide additional opportunities to our youth and businesses, the fourth and newest component of My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper (MBSK) is the Youth Development Grant program. To learn more, view Keep St. Pete Lit's Youth Development Grant testimonial video.
An 8-member Youth Development Grant Review Committee, consisting of St. Petersburg residents, participate in the selection process. To learn more about the grant review committee, please read the Youth Development Grant Review Committee 2019 Goals. The committee uses the Youth Development Grants Scoring Rubric, 2019-2020 to determine grant awardees.