Government, business and nonprofit leaders will pass the mic to the next generation May 9.
The “My Brother’s Keeper Youth Summit,” held by Orange County and the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough, is open to young men ages 12 to 22 but particularly addresses educational and career opportunities for young minorities.
“We need to hear what are the roadblocks in life or what are the perceived roadblocks,” Orange County Commissioner Renee Price said. “We want to hear from youths in this county and this community.”
Orange, Durham have joined other communities nationwide in answering President Obama’s call last year for cradle-to-college-and-career strategies that support young people.
My Brother’s Keeper (nando.com/173) aims to ensure young people nationwide are physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively prepared; meeting academic benchmarks, such as reading by third grade and graduating high school; able to find jobs; and safe from violent crime.
Orange County’s summit will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at East Chapel Hill High School.
The summit will give young men a chance to talk with community members from different walks of life about their career, college and other topics.
The community needs more men, especially minorities, to be mentors and role models, Price said.
“We want to broaden the horizons of young people and give them exposure to other men of color,” she said.
Durham County kicked off its program in November and held a youth summit in January. Wizdom Powell, Durham’s health co-chair, said community members and young people packed the room to talk about what could be done. Powell is also an assistant professor in health behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Durham officials are now completing a 120-day research and planning assessment, Powell said, looking at existing policies but also what similar communities are doing to meet their My Brother’s Keeper challenges. That could be finished by the end of June, she said, and the group then will make recommendations to the mayor and City Council.
Orange County held a mini-summit in February to bring together key people in several fields, from social services to schools, nonprofits and advocacy groups, to identify local needs and resources. .
Orange County’s My Brother’s Keeper Youth Summit will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at East Chapel Hill High School, 500 Weaver Dairy Road. The event is free, but registration is required.
Chapel Hill Transit's T Bus will pick up participants from the Varsity Theater on Franklin Street at 9:45 a.m. Event co-sponsor Duke Energy will provide lunch.
Register by contacting mayoral aide Jeff Deluca at Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt's Office at 919-968-2714 or firstname.lastname@example.org.