Bell Center director to co-chair Columbus My Brother’s Keepers Task Force
Dr. James L. Moore III, associate provost in The Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and director for the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, has been selected to co-chair Michael B. Coleman’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Task Force. His co-chair is Dr. Keisha J. Hunley-Jenkins, the Mayor’s Office External Affairs Director. The task force has been charged with issuing a report on the state of African American male youth in Columbus as well as providing recommendations that will address opportunity gaps. Tim Jones, a Bell Center student majoring in Education-Language Arts/English Education, has also been chosen to serve as the higher edition youth representative on the task force.
“As co-chair of Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s MBK Taskforce, I look forward to working with the other committee members to pinpoint existing resources that could be leveraged to improve educational and employment outcomes for black males in Columbus. I believe that the work being done at the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male will be an asset to those efforts,” said Dr. Moore.
The report, to be presented in late October 2015, will be the culmination of information gathered during four summits at Columbus City Schools, where it is hoped that 300 black male youth will attend. The summits will provide a chance to learn directly from black youth about the issues and challenges they face as well a platform for parents and caretakers to attend presentations that will address some of the most difficult problems they face.
Dr. Moore stated, “Hopefully, the taskforce’s forthcoming report will unite K-12 educators and leaders, community and political stakeholders, education policymakers and researchers, and business and philanthropic communities to work more closely together to improve educational and employment outcomes for black males throughout the City of Columbus.”
President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. My Brother’s Keeper joins with cities, businesses, and foundations that are taking the important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support systems, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college.