Two Albany High School students have been selected to take part in a prestigious fellowship program started by former President Barack Obama.
The New York State Education Department chose rising seniors Robert Glover, left, and Jareem Morris to participate in the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Fellowship program for 2020. The class of 71 fellows from across the state represents 24 school 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, Glover and Morris will be connected to established mentors who will help them to engage in government, education and business activities.
“The MBK Fellowship helps young Black men become leaders and agents of change in their communities. Now more than ever, the opportunity for our students to participate in the MBK Fellows program means an opportunity for them to have a positive and lasting impact on their world.,” said Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams.
In addition, Glover and Morris will serve on a statewide MBK Fellows Workgroup to provide input on the development and implementation of a statewide MBK Mentoring Network.
MBK Fellows also will have the opportunity to develop and execute a service project related to a New York state MBK initiative such as:
- Ensuring equitable access to high-quality schools and programs;
- Expanding prevention, early warning and intervention services;
- Responding to structural and institutional racism; or
- Engaging families and communities in a trusted and respectful way.
2020 Fellows already had the opportunity to participate in “Stand and Deliver Retreat, The Village Meeting: Needs, Deeds, and Impact during COVID-19” and a virtual Induction: “MBK Fellows Advice to Action.”
Additionally, each 2020 Fellow and mentor participated via conference call in a virtual mastermind study on the book Madd Truth by Dr. Alphonso Wyatt.
“We are proud that Robert and Jareem are members of MBK Fellows Class of 2020,” Adams said.
Albany High’s 2019 MBK Fellows were Chandon Bouyea and Themba Pieterse.