Compton Empowerment Peace Summit Set

Self-identified gang members and others put their hands together in solidarity in Baltimore, Md., which is a national long-range goal of President Obama’s, My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Photo: Getty Images

Focus is Black and Latino young men; part of President Obama’s national,’My Brother’s Keeper Initiative’

COMPTON The My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative announces the 2016 Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit, scheduled for July 29-31 at the Dollarhide Community Center.

Young men who attend middle and high school in Compton can register for free to attend the summit where they will be inspired and motivated through a series of workshops, mentorship opportunities, special guest speakers, and performances.  Men 18 and older from Compton are invited to participate as volunteers and mentors. Youth Registration / Volunteer Registration

“Compton enthusiastically signed on for the MBK Community Challenge in 2014 because its mission, its goals, and its struggle,  match our own,” said Mayor Aja Brown.  “Since joining the MBK challenge we have found that the City of Compton’s goals and the work that we are doing overlap with the vision of the MBK Community Challenge.  MBK continues to transform the trajectories of boys and young men of color around the country and in

“MBK continues to transform the trajectories of boys and young men of color around the country and in Compton, we continue to developcultivate and highlight the leadership potential of our young men,” Brown continued. “The Compton MBK Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit is a part of our efforts to meet the president’s challenge and continue our commitment to Compton’s young men. Young people are our future. Every investment in our youth is an investment in a better tomorrow.”

The Summit follows the MBK MenTouring Summer Camp, a recent three-day event that fostered self-awareness and the meaning of manhood for junior high school boys in Compton.  Boys in sixth through eighth grade were treated to a stimulating weekend of swimming, zip lining, mountain biking with the San Bernardino Mountains as the backdrop while being mentored on the basic fundamentals of responsibility, accountability, leadership, teamwork, and education.

In 2014, President Obama announced that more than 100 mayors, county officials, and tribal nations had accepted the MBK Community Challenge, an initiative to encourage community leaders across the country to develop plans to improve life outcomes and address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, ensuring that all young people can reach their full potential.

In line with this initiative, Compton has launched an action plan to improve outcomes for children of color ages 0-25 and their families, with an emphasis on Black and Latino males. Currently, the city is focusing on three goals recommended by the White House. They are 1) Reading at grade level by third grade, 2) Improve access to jobs and valuable work experience, and 3) Reducing violence and providing a second chance.

The Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit is a follow-up to Mayor Brown’s 2014 action summit where she engaged the community in the development and shaping of the MBK Initiative in Compton.

The deadline to sign-up for the 2016 Summer Empowerment and Peace Summit is Friday, July 22.

For more information, call (310) 605-5688 or visit

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