Senior Department Official to Speak at Striving Black Brothers Coalition's Scholarship, Awards Banquet in California

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David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (WHIEEAA) will deliver keynote remarks at the Striving Black Brothers Coalition of Chabot College 10th Anniversary Scholarship and Awards Banquet in Fremont, California at 6 p.m. PT on Friday, May 13.

Johns will discuss the significance of young black men in education, the tools and support needed to ensure their success, and the contributions of the Obama Administration to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by all young people, including the My Brother's Keeper Initiative. In addition, he will highlight the importance of mentorship among young black men to ensure academic excellence, equity, and opportunity for students of color.

President Obama launched the My Brother's Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. In response to the President's call to action, nearly 250 communities in all 50 states have accepted the President's My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge; more than $600 million in private sector and philanthropic grants and in-kind resources and $1 billion in low-interest financing have been committed in alignment with MBK; and new federal policy initiatives, grant programs, and guidance are being implemented to ensure that every child has a clear pathway to success from cradle to college and career.

The banquet titled "A Decade Strong," will acknowledge the young black students who will be matriculating through the Striving Black Brothers Coalition at Chabot College the following year. Johns will also be honored as the Striving Black Man of the Year for leading initiatives in communities for African American students across the country.

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