President Obama will announce a significant expansion of his My Brother’s Keeper program, a collection of efforts devoted to improving the lives of young minority men. He announced it in February as a five-year $200 million initiative, but on Monday, he will reportedly announce an additional $104 million in funding from new private and public partnerships. No new federal funding is reportedly included. Rather, nonprofits, as well as major corporations, including the NBA, AT&T, and Citi Foundation, will be funding the projects. Obama will also announce that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts, which represent 40 percent of all black and Hispanic boys living below the poverty line, have committed to the My Brother’s Keeper initiatives. These include expanded preschool access, efforts to increase minorities in Advanced Placement or honors classes, and reducing the number of minority boys expelled.
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