WHO WE ARE
My Brother’s Keeper Newark is Newark's response to President Obama’s call for action to address the pressing challenges of men and boys of color. The response builds on Newark’s unique environment and brings together leadership and partnerships that promise to magnify and strengthen efforts around six White House-identified goals. MBKN exponentially ramps how the City invests resources and braids together initiatives to insure that all young men, particularly young men of color, can achieve their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances in which they are born.
In late 2016, the City of Newark, Newark Public Schools, Rutgers University-Newark, the Newark City of Learning Collaborative, My Brother’s Keeper Newark, the Prudential Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, and the Community Foundation of New Jersey partnered to form Opportunity Youth Network (OYN). Located at 201 Bergen St. in Newark, the OYN Reengagement Center opened its doors on November 18th 2016. OYN’s mission is to reengage disconnected youth who may be over age and/or under credited with services that help them acquire their high school diploma, high school equivalency or complete vocational/career training. OYN provides services in partnership with several schools and organizations such as Youth Build, UpLift Academy and Newark Leadership Academy to ensure youth have every opportunity to re-enter the school-to-career pipeline.
"I think what makes this moment unique in Newark is that we are recognizing the assets these young men and women can be for our city and working with partner organizations to build capacity across the city so that we can take a more comprehensive and coordinated approach than ever before to tackle this challenge." - Robert Clark (Executive Director of YouthBuild Newark, and lead visionary for OYN)
For more information about The Opportunity Youth Network you can contact them at (973)-565-1230.
All contributions go toward creating and supporting programs and initiatives for young men of color in Newark.