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    Obama: $200M for Minority Youth

    US President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room at the White House on February 27, 2014 on his My Brothers Keeper initiative to expand opportunity for Americans. Obama launched a personal quest that will outlast his presidency to help young American men of color survive and prosper despite deprived violent inner city environments where many grow up. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    In a personal speech Thursday at the White House, President Obama announced his My Brother's Keeper initiative for young men of color. "I made bad choices, I got high without thinking about the harm it would do, I didn't always take school as seriously as I should have," he said. The initiative, which will partner with local businesses and foundations, has raised pledges of more than $200 million over the next five years. Obama said helping them is "as important as any issue that I work on."

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