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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 has not only adopted the initiative, but expanded the program to include young girls – My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper.

Cohort of Champions

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:

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.

Just Girl Talk Conferences

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. 

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.

my sister's keeper
Bottom row starting from the left
Nikishea Wright, Shirley Crumbley, Nikki Gaskin- Capehart, Keynote Speaker Ramona J. Smith, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, Dr. Shari Hooker, Nikita Hill, Sharon Joe
Top row starting from the left Sheila Kane, Taylor Gay, Michelle Christie, Dr. Valerie Brimm, Jasmine Mondy, Janet Wright, Dorian Johnson, Lucinda Grant, Kachira Irby, Tahisia Scantling

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.  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

June 19, 2020 
Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church
955 20th St. S.
Contact: Bonita Wright, 727-894-4311 
June 26, 2020 
Collins-St. Mark AMEC & Mt. Zion PBC
22nd Ave. S. & 37th St.
Contact: Rev. Jonathon Wade, 727-560-4382
July 3, 2020
Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church
3455 26th Ave. S.
Contact: Bro. Theodore Andrews, 727-400-7424


Woman holding Not My Son sign

Youth Development Grants

Youth Development Grant Process Updates Per recent COVID-19 orders, all public meetings are postponed until further notice - including the mandatory information session for Youth Development Grant applicants. The City team and Youth Development Grant Review Committee are working to update the current application process be in compliance with the current orders in a way that continues to encourage and empower creative and innovative applicants to apply.

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 - a city program providing funding opportunities to local non-profit organizations who provide services to St. Pete youth. To learn more about how Youth Development Grants are utilized, watch the Keep St. Pete Lit's Youth Development Grant testimonial video.

Youth Development Grant 2020 FAQs Youth Development Grant 2020 Application

An ten member Youth Development Grant Review Committeeconsisting 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 2020 Goals. The committee uses the Youth Development Grants Scoring Rubric, 2020-2021 to determine grant awardees.

Youth Development Grant Information Session

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