My Brother’s Keeper strives to help support and drive the youth of the 21229 community. By holding youth programs of our own while also partnering with other nonprofit organizations, My Brother’s Keeper is able to reach and help the youth of the community. In September, My Brother’s Keeper partnered with the nonprofit organization Urban Alliance. During this time, about 20 youths from within the Baltimore City foster care system joined MBK and Urban Alliance to learn skill sets that will help them in the workplace. The students were also able to participate in an internship with My Brother’s Keeper.
What is Urban Alliance?
In a recent New York Times article, Nathanial M. Cole discussed the organization with Elizabeth Olson. Mr. Cole, a 27 year old Washington resident, currently serves as the executive director of the Washington leg of Urban Alliance. In the interview, Mr. Cole discussed being one of the youths served by the organization while he was younger; he also credited the organization for his choice of career. Urban Alliance helps local high school students with workplace and financial skills. For six weeks, students partake in a training program that teaches them an array of job skills and work place etiquette. After these six weeks, the students are matched and placed with an entry-level internship. Beginning in the fall, the students work from 2-5pm for nine months. They also participate in different workshops that focus on professional development. During their time working, the students are paid in order to help them learn financial skills. Urban Alliance typically sees from 140-150 students during each session.
Baltimore Urban Alliance and MBK
My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our youth programs are based on community need as well as the grants available to us at the time. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including our youth programs, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.
To read the full interview with Nathaniel Cole, visit here.