By Ryan Velez
In the working world, it is often said that mentoring can go a long way, not just in helping people get their names out there and feet in the door, but also in terms of helping them get the knowledge they need to make the most of every opportunity. Black Enterprise reports that a group of young men in Memphis are a perfect example of this in action, after participating in the Pathways to Success: Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit, held by the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.
At the event, several city agencies, including the Memphis Office of Youth Services, Workforce Investment Network, the City of Memphis, and the Memphis Police Department, MBK Alliance, came together to present several great opportunities for the young men between the ages of 16 and 29. These opportunities included interviews with employers, access to community resources, social services, and career development training. Nearly 500 of the young men in attendance were offered jobs on the spot, and several more were invited to interviews in the upcoming weeks.
In a press statement, Broderick Johnson, MBK Alliance board chairman and partner for the international law firm, Bryan Cave, explained: “The ‘Pathways to Success: Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit’ showcases the My Brother’s Keeper approach to helping boys and young men meet their personal and professional goals. We connect talent to jobs, mentors, social services, and the resources they need to help navigate and overcome barriers to success from cradle to career and beyond. The city of Memphis and community, business, and philanthropic leaders are advancing our shared goals of creating an enduring change that will lead to the future these young men aspire to – for themselves and for the city.”
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland added: “Connecting our young people with the opportunity that exists in Memphis has been a priority of my administration since day one,” says Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, in the same statement. “What we do for our young people will have a major impact on the future of our city, which is why I’m so proud that we’ve partnered with the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to bring this event here.”
My Brother’s Keeper is designed to address the struggles young men of color encounter in school, employment, health, and other areas via working with business, philanthropy, nonprofits, government, community organizations, and others.