Meet Abe Morris, City of Orlando My Brother’s Keeper Program Manager
Last updated on September 08, 2021
Meet Abraham Morris, City of Orlando My Brother’s Keeper Program Manager
Morris will help further the newly expanded MBK program to provide more opportunities for young residents
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – Orlando, FL – As part of the City of Orlando’s continued efforts to provide equitable opportunities for all residents, including young residents, the City of Orlando recently expanded the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) program to connect more boys and young men of color with mentoring and support networks. To help run this expanded program, the city has hired Abraham (Abe) Morris to serve as manager.
“We remain committed to increasing equity in our community especially through scaling up the opportunities for our young residents,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “I look forward to Abraham’s leadership as we remain focused on building a more equitable community for every person who calls Orlando home.”
In 2014, the City of Orlando joined the national My Brother’s Keeper initiative and since then has been engaged in targeted efforts to improve life outcomes - including academic performance, employment, and incarceration rates - among Orlando’s boys and young men of color.
In addition to MBK, the City’s Families, Parks and Recreation Department (FPR) has a long legacy of working with boys and young men of color through programs such as Parramore Kidz Zone, After-School All-Stars, the Recreation Division’s Recreation Outreach and Mentoring (R.O.A.M) program, City recreation centers, youth sports programs, and FPR’s Youth Employment program. In this new role, Morris will scale up these programs and guide the City’s investments in local non-profit organizations and individuals who have a long legacy of working to improve outcomes among young residents, creating a citywide coalition of partners dedicated to this important work.
“I am excited to serve as the My Brother’s Keeper Manager for the City of Orlando. This is a tremendous opportunity to build relationships and work to implement positive change within the Orlando community," said Abe Morris.
Morris brings more than 10 years of experience to this position, having managed a broad range of youth programming focused on health and wellness, suicide prevention and housing. Most recently, he worked for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, managing partnerships with government agencies and non-profit groups assisting children needing mental health support.
Morris is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and earned his master’s degree in Public Policy at Loyola University Chicago.
For more information on My Brother’s Keeper Orlando, please click here.
For interview opportunities, please contact Samantha Holsten, City of Orlando Public Information Officer at Samantha.Holsten@Orlando.gov.