CEDO

My Brother's and Sister's Keeper Burlington

About the Program

 

My Brother's Keeper (MBK) is a national cradle to career initiative, launched in 2014 by President Obama to address and recognize the persistent opportunity gaps in employment and education faced by boys and young black men. In 2016, Mayor Weinberger answered President Obama's call to action and the City of Burlington became an MBK community, adding on in addition a female oriented version of the program called My Sister's Keeper (MSK). Since then, the City and CEDO have developed programming and hosted numerous events to improve the delivery of resources between City departments, businesses, schools and youth organizations for the youth of color in the Burlington community. Through the pandemic, the MBK/MSK initiative has adjusted their programming to continue to serve youth of color in the local community. 

 

With MBK/MSK of Burlington, the City adopted two of the six "cradles to career" milestones to focus on:

  • Graduating from high school, college preparation, job/career training

  • Staying on track, safe from violence, and provided with second chances

 

 

 

Programming:

 

City Hall Summer Internship Program:


The Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) and the City of Burlington seek motivated candidates for the City Hall Summer Internship Program. The internship program offers the first steps towards building a successful career in public service through exposure to local government and municipal policy. By tackling meaningful responsibilities, interns will gain invaluable educational experience, foster professional development, and build lasting relationships with their community.

 

 

 

My Brother's and Sister's Keeper Affinity Groups: 


Affinity groups are used in both professional and academic settings to encourage diverse groups to come together to obtain a common goal. The CEDO MBK/MSK Program works with Burlington high schoolers under "affinity groups," which motivate participants to improve academic performance, career development, cultural understanding, and effective engagement. MBK supports outstanding participants with a stipend (particularly upperclassmen involved with the program) and provides a pathway to summer internships. 

 

 

MBK/MSK Past Events:

 

Professionals of Color Networking Events - 2019 & 2020


The CEDO Opportunities and Engagement Team helped to coordinate and create the Professionals of Color Networking Events. These events are intended to help workers gain affinity and network with other professionals of color in Vermont, celebrate & promote POC's experiences in an inclusive space, and to show attendees how MBK/MSK of Burlington is providing opportunity for youth of color. While there are no in-person events upcoming, the Professionals of Color Facebook Page is currently active with a variety of listings. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jobs for Youth Fair & The College and Career Fair - 2019


The CEDO MBK/MSK Program and The Burlington School District designed these Fairs to expose Vermont students who are low income and youth of color to the various college and career resources available to help them earn a degree or a credential of value. Many underserved, under-resourced, and underrepresented youth face barriers securing a pathway to higher education as school outcomes depict a reality in which these students face opportunity gaps in school, college, and career success. 
 

 

 

For more information about MBK/MSK Burlington and how to get involved contact:

Phet Keomanyvanh; CEDO Community Development Specialist - pkeomanyvanh@burlingtonvt.gov