Chapel Hill News

Orange County to hold My Brother’s Keeper summit Feb. 13

Orange County along with the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough will hold a mini-summit in response to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge.

The summit will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 13, at the Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill.

In September 2014, Obama issued a challenge to counties, cities, towns, and tribal nations to become MBK communities. This initiative is a call-to-action for communities across the country “to build and execute robust plans to ensure that all young people – no matter who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born – can achieve their full potential.”

The objective of the mini-summit is to bring elected officials, residents, business leaders, school representatives, and nonprofits together to discuss strategies to ensure local youth, with a focus on boys and young men of color, are provided with every opportunity for success.

“We will discuss and shape our own policy and program changes, as we deem necessary. The key to this endeavor is to measure community interest and support,” said the Rev. Anita Thompson.

In a joint statement, Mayors Mark Kleinschmidt of Chapel Hill, Lydia Lavelle of Carrboro, and Tom Stevens of Hillsborough expressed their enthusiasm in coming together with Orange County to accept the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge. In doing so, they emphasized that expanding opportunity for youth in their communities, especially youth of color, is a shared priority among them as mayors.

For more information about the President’s MBK Task Force Report and the MBK Community Challenge, please visit

To RSVP for the summit, please call Jeff DeLuca at or Thompson at or 919-732-4860.