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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.

Youth Development Grants

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. Applications are available now through Feb. 23.

Youth Development Grant 2018 Application  
Youth Development Grant 2018 Application - Word

MBSK Youth Development Grant Application FAQs

View our short video to learn more about Youth Development Grants. 

In addition, the City is seeking interested St. Petersburg residents to fill eight (8) vacancies on the newly-forming Youth Development Grant Review Committee. The City will be accepting resumes until 5 PM on Monday, February 12, and expects to have all appointments approved by the Mayor. The term of service will be for one year that ends in 2019. All appointees will be eligible to serve another one-year term. Please send a resume to the address listed in the link below and include the number of your City Council District in the body of the document.

To learn more about the grant review committee, please read the attached document. 

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:

Cohort of Champions Group Photo small

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.  Upcoming dates to be announced.

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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