WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined The Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute in announcing that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service, has awarded a three-year grant of $458,259  for 10 AmeriCorps VISTA members who will help support the work of My Brother’s Keeper Ohio (MBK Ohio). The Kirwan Institute applied for the award on behalf of local MBK chapters across the state, which will go toward building capacity for programming, resources and mentorships. This investment comes after Brown helped launch MBK Ohio in October 2018. 

MBK Ohio is a statewide coalition of advocates and communities dedicated to improving outcomes for boys and young men of color and creating opportunities for all of Ohio’s youth. MBK Ohio works with local chapters to offer support and provide resources that help Ohio communities sustain and grow their local MBK chapters. Brown’s office worked closely with The Ohio State University and the Kirwan Institute to develop the statewide coalition. 

“In October, we launched MBK Ohio with the goal of statewide coordination to identify what works, and share ideas and resources,” said Brown. “This key investment will ensure local chapters have the support they need to continue helping our students reach their full potential.”  

“Investing in our young people is critical to addressing some of our state’s most pressing challenges. Our VISTA project will help us empower the next generation of leaders to create long-lasting, positive change in their communities,” said Kyle Strickland, MBK Ohio VISTA Project Director. 

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 Akron, Cleveland, Springfield, Toledo, Mansfield, Lorain County, the Mahoning Valley, Lima and Stark County. He has also highlighted programs in Dayton and Columbus, with Broderick Johnson, President Obama’s Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.