President Barack Obama’s exit from the White House may be nearing, but one thing’s for sure: he plans to stick around for his “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.”
During a speech at the campaign’s national summit Wednesday, the president vowed to remain active in the challenge that was started under his administration in 2014.
“This is just the beginning,” President Obama said during his speech at the South Court Auditorium. “We are going to keep these efforts going to invest in our young people, to break down barriers that keep them from getting ahead.”
My Brother’s Keeper was created to close the achievement gap faced by African-American boys and young men of color in the country, specifically those residing in low-income communities.
“These young people behind me are proof that a little love, a little support allows them to achieve anything they can dream, anything they can conceive,” the president said as he directed the crowd to a group of young Black males nearby. “Since day one, my administration has been focused on creating opportunities for all people. And by almost every measure, this country is better off than it was when I started.”
Although he expressed very little concern about his initiative being scrapped when Republican president-elect Donald Trump takes office next month, President Obama did encourage its supporters to stick to the program’s mission no matter what.
“Although it is important for us to poke and prod and push government at every level to make the investments that are necessary…we can’t wait for government to do it for us. We have to make sure that we are out there showing what works,” he said.