Statement on President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative
Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the statement below following President Obama’s announcement of the “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative.
“I was pleased to join President Obama today at the White House along with business, non-profit, faith and government leaders to kick off ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to make sure that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential.
“I am looking forward to working with the President to specifically address how to help boys of color who are in the foster care system. Twenty-seven percent of the children in the foster care system are Black—double the percentage of Black children in the United States. Studies have found that employers are less likely to hire a former foster youth who have the similar qualifications than a non-foster youth, and former foster youth are more likely to get arrested and serve time in prison then young people who were not foster youth.
“To improve the foster care system is to help young men of color, and I will work both with my colleagues in Congress as well as President Obama, his administration, and the business and foundation leaders who were at the White House today to improve the lives of the young men of color who are in the foster care system. The future of these young men and our nation depends on it.”