CLEVELAND, OH — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) partnered with MBK Ohio, the Great Lakes Science Center and Meggitt Air Braking Systems to co-host a My Brother’s Keeper Ohio Youth Day with NASA at the Great Lakes Science Center. The event engaged Ohio students in various hands-on activities to help them learn about aerospace and think about future careers in science, engineering, technology and math.
“Future scientists and engineers and astronauts and pilots are sitting in this room right now – you just need to be given the chance. That’s what My Brother’s Keeper is all about – connecting you with adults from all different career paths, who can help you succeed,” Brown said at the event.
Brown co-hosted today’s event as part of MBK Ohio. MBK Ohio is aligned with President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper national initiative with the goal of ensuring that all youth receive a quality high school education and graduate with the skills and tools needed to advance to postsecondary education or training.
Brown has been a champion of the My Brother’s Keeper program in Ohio, leading efforts to launch local My Brother’s Keeper initiatives in Springfield, Toledo, Mansfield, Lorain County, the Mahoning Valley, Stark County, and Lima. He has also highlighted programs in Dayton, Columbus, Akron, and Cleveland with Broderick Johnson, President Obama’s Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.
In September 2014, President Obama issued a challenge to cities across the country to become “MBK Communities.” This challenge represents a call to action and 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. Nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives across 43 states and the District of Columbia have accepted the MBK Community Challenge.
The six goals of the Challenge are:
- Ensuring all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally ready;
- Ensuring all children read at grade level by 3rd grade;
- Ensuring all youth graduate from high school;
- Ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education or training;
- Ensuring all youth out of school are employed; and
- Ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime.