My Brother's Keeper

My Brother’s Keeper is a national initiative started by President Barack Obama in 2014 to address disparity gaps among boys and young men of color. The City of Orlando adopted the program in 2014 with the creation of MBK Orlando. The purpose of MBK Orlando is to provide intensive mentoring services to boys and young men of color across the City of Orlando.

These provided services will support our program goals of decreasing in-school behavioral issues such as suspensions, expulsions, and referrals as well as decreasing juvenile justice system involvement. In addition, the provided services will increase progression to graduation and post-secondary enrollment rates. Subsequently, these services will increase employment opportunities among boys and young men of color.

My Brother's Keeper Orlando

The City of Orlando joined the My Brother’s Keeper national initiative in 2014, which aims to improve life outcomes among Orlando’s boys and young men of color by providing strong, lasting opportunities for success.

MBK Orlando aims to improve academic performance, increase employment, and reduce incarceration among the cities most disadvantaged communities.

Partnerships: Orlando Magic, Orange County Public Schools, EA Sports, The Chopra Foundation, local non-profit organizations and community centers.





  • Getting a healthy start and entering school ready to learn
  • Reading at grade level by third grade
  • Graduating from high school ready for college and career
  • Completing postsecondary education or training
  • Successfully entering the workforce
  • Keeping kids on track and giving them second chances

My Brother’s Keeper Orlando provides intensive mentoring to students that are participants in five (5) City of Orlando middle schools. Program participants will receive weekly individualized mentoring sessions. During individual sessions, MBK Advocates focus on developing positive relationships and identifying glaring needs to aid with student success. This is highlighted through the development of a life map to assist the family with addressing identified needs and challenges.

In addition to individual sessions, students will engage in group conversations reflecting: Image, Influence, Integrity, and Impact. These conversations are framed within a 36-week curriculum that MBK Advocates will utilize throughout the year. Lastly, MBK Orlando partners with several grassroots organizations to expose students to new techniques and skill sets to enhance personal development and career aspirations.