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Brentwood students inducted into My Brother's Keeper

The initiative is to help boys and young men, particularly those of color, realize their full potential. It was started by former President Barack Obama in 2014.

News 12 Staff

Apr 29, 2021, 10:01 PM

Updated 1,085 days ago

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A new group of students were inducted into My Brother's Keeper Thursday.
Justin Espinal and Joshua Sanchez joined the My Brother's Keeper program four years ago to help motivate the younger generation.
The initiative is to help boys and young men, particularly those of color, realize their full potential. It was started by former President Barack Obama in 2014.
Now in their senior year at Brentwood High School, the teens have completed their MBK community projects.
For his project, Espinal reached out and spoke to middle school students who have been struggling.
"They might not speak English, or they might not have the right devices to succeed in school," Espinal said. "I was able to pick up on certain things, and this way we can all figure out why they're struggling."
With the help of the local library, Sanchez made a video for younger kids of him reading and showing them how to make projects for Mother's Day. He says MBK has really turned him around.
"School wise, I wasn't focused, and I had a lot of issues at home. Going to MBK, having that constant reminder of 'do better, do better, do better,' it just helped me out," said Sanchez.
Many more were inducted into the program Thursday during a statewide symposium. Four Brentwood students were among them. The group also had a message from a special guest to lead them off.
"To all the MBK Fellows and all the boys and young men who are here today, thank you for working hard, even when it's on video. Thank you for helping out around the house and giving back to your communities," said Obama.


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