My Brother's Keeper Michigan is a Community of Practice Network building collective power to transform policy at the local, state and national levels. Members of the Community of Practice are encouraged to share expertise and serve as facilitators of the ongoing work of policy and systems transformation, which is the primary objective of the MBK Challenge.

Our collective approach to policy and systems transformation must be multi-level and multi-sector to achieve measurable and sustainable impact. The MBK Milestones require building on existing assets while cultivating new areas of opportunity and innovation. As MBK Communities organize at the local and state level, we will need information and resources. MBK local conveners need the influence and relationships of MBK champions at the state and national level. Youth, parents and teachers need partners to help them translate their lived experience and collective wisdom into policy and legislation that moves them to economic equity.

By working together with a common agenda, we will have much greater impact!

For more information about the national My Brother's Keeper Initiative, visit White House MBK and the MBK Alliance.

MBK Community Challenge

In September 2014, President Obama issued a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes across the country to become “MBK Communities.” This challenge represents a call to action for all members of our communities, and mayors in particular, as they often sit at the intersection of many of the vital forces and structural components needed to enact sustainable change through policy, programs, and partnerships.

The MBK Community Challenge encourages communities to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born.

As of July 2016, there are 10 communities in Michigan whose municipal or tribal leader has joined the MBK Michigan Alliance 

MBK Michigan Alliance:

  • Benton Harbor
  • Buena Vista/Saginaw
  • Chippewa Tribe of Sault St. Marie
  • Detroit
  • Flint
  • Highland Park
  • Inkster
  • Lansing/Ingham County
  • Muskegon
  • Washtenaw County