Source: NBC News
President Barack Obama on Thursday launched an initiative close to his heart, designed to bring local governments, businesses and philanthropies together to help bolster the lives of young men of color.
“There are examples of extraordinary achievement … . We don’t need to stereotype and pretend there’s only dysfunction out there,” Obama said during the White House event. “But, 50 years after Dr. King talked about his dream for America’s children, the stubborn fact is that the life chances of the average black or brown child in this country lags behind by almost every measure, and it’s worse for boys and young men.”
The program is rooted in the president’s work to help mentor a group of young men from Hyde Park Academy in his hometown of Chicago, whom he first met a year ago and were present at the White House for today’s announcement.
Obama recounted a litany of statistics about the ways in which young men of color often lag behind, calling it an issue of the utmost national importance.
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