State names two to prestigious MBK Fellow program
N.Y. (June 3, 2019) -- An initiative started by former President Barack
Obama continues to provide City School District of Albany students with
the tools and skills they need for future academic and career success.
The New York State Education Department
selected Albany High School’s Chandon Bouyea and Themba Pieterse to
participate in this year’s prestigious My Brother’s Keeper (MBK)
Fellowship program. The class of 67 fellows from across the state, all
juniors, represent 22 districts.
MBK was created in 2014 and aims to expand opportunities and create
pathways for success for young men of color through public-private
partnerships. Throughout the next year, Bouyea and Pieterse will be
connected to established mentors who will help them to engage in
government, secondary education and business.
“This is an invaluable leadership experience for our students and we
are fortunate, here in New York, that young men and boys of color are
provided this opportunity that will benefit them academically,
professionally and even personally for the rest of their lives,” said
Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams.
“Congratulations to Chandon and Themba. We’re proud of what you have
already accomplished and what you will accomplish in the future.”
In addition to the benefit of mentorship, MBK Fellows are required to
develop and execute a service project during their tenure which ensures
equitable access to education, expands prevention and intervention
services, responds to institutional racism or engages families and
2019 Fellows also participate in a New York City Fellows event in
June, the MBK Fellows Retreat later this summer and the Obama MBK
Foundation National Conference in February 2020.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High