My Brother's Keeper

“That’s what ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is all about. Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.” – President Barack Obama, February 27, 2014

Stories of Success

Darinel Montero

We can’t know where we’re going if we do not know from where we come from. Our origins help us define ourselves as human beings, and since my childhood, I have understood firsthand what it means to be categorized by society…

Stories of Success


I was born in Newark, New Jersey to a single mother and absentee father. At the early age of 7, my mom unexpectedly passed away due to a heart attack. I was scared, alone and not sure what would be next for me…

Stories of Success


My name is Dahkota and I am a proud California Miwok, Concow, Yuki enrolled with the Wilton Rancheria and ancestral ties to the Round Valley Indian Tribes. As a young Native American, I see the difficulties and struggles that follow us every day…


Our collaborative, cross-sectoral approach, which is both national and local in scope, is guided by the belief that there are six milestones along the life path that serve as key indicators of future success. Interventions at the following critical points are vital to fostering inter-generational improvements and creating lasting change:

Entering School Ready to Learn:

All school-aged children should have a healthy start and enter school cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally prepared to learn.

Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade:

All children should be reading at grade level by age 8, the age at which reading is solidified as a truly essential, foundational component of ongoing learning.

Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career:

All young adults should have the option to attend postsecondary education equipped with skills for continued success.

Completing Post-Secondary Education or Training:

All young adults should receive the education and training needed for quality jobs of today and tomorrow.

Successfully Entering the Workforce:

All individuals who want a job should be able to secure and sustain employment that allows them to support themselves and their families.

Reducing Violence and Providing a Second Chance:

All children should be safe from violent crime. Individuals who are confined should receive the education, training, and treatment they need for a second chance.