My Brother's Keeper Workshop Series

MC Fresh OIn addition to serving as an advisor to President Obama's Board of Advisors with White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Dr. Marks has also contributed to the work of the President Obama's My Brother's Keeper (MBK) initiative. The purpose of MBK is to improve the life outcomes of boys and young men of color throughout the United States. Dr. Marks has worked directly with White House officials, senior leaders at the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, and philanthropic organizations on several MBK projects and events. Dr. Marks collected and analyzed survey data from MBK communities and provided several of them with workshops and presentations on various topics related to the optimal development of males of color. He also serves on the MBK Task Force for Fulton County, GA (Atlanta) through which he has partnered with elected officials, community-based organizations, school districts, and the criminal justice system.



Social psychological research indicates that improving the life outcomes of young males of color requires a certain set of knowledge, skills, and behaviors among the adults with whom these young people consistently interact. Thus, Dr. Marks and his colleagues have concluded that MBK one-day programs, events, and other short-term activities involving young people will motivate and impact them in the moment, but is unlikely to result in long-term positive change. The four workshops listed below are based on needs assessments of MBK communities and research on optimal development of males of color, Dr. Marks and his colleagues have designed a set of complimentary workshops designed to engage several key groups with overlapping but customized information that will enhance the likelihood of positive, long-term development of young minority males:

  1. MBK Task Forces/Stakeholders: Working Well With Others: Effective Collaboration Across Organizations (even during an election year or with limited budgets)
  2. K-12 Teachers & Administrators: Implicit Bias and Its Impact on the Academic Achievement of Young Males of Color
  3. Law Enforcement: Implicit Bias and Its Impact on Policing and Minority Communities
  4. Parents: Raising Successful Males of Color
  5. Young Males of Color: Great by Choice: 6 Habits that Guarantee a Successful and Purpose-driven Life
  6. General: Acknowledging and Reducing Racism and Bias
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