2015 Timeline

First Pre-Acceptance Local Stakeholders Meeting — Identified primary stakeholders to gauge their interest in having New Rochelle accept the President’s Challenge.

Second Pre-Acceptance Local Stakeholders Meeting — Prepared primary stakeholders for the expected steps that would follow an official acceptance of the President’s Challenge.

Officially Accepted the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge.

Pre-Local Action Summit Stakeholders Meeting — Prepared stakeholders for the Local Action Summit.  Community partners broke out into six Working Groups — one for each of the goals set forth in the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge — to begin to identify existing resources and potential gaps in services.

Local Action Summit (LAS) — Hosted evening event with more than 300 people in attendance, representing parents, children of all ages, youth leadership organizations, local business owners, faith group leaders, law enforcement, City School District administration & teachers representing pre-K, elementary, middle, high and alternative school students, public and private health organizations, public housing, Parks & Recreation, state and federal partners.  In addition, the following 14 organizations exhibited at the Summit:

Child Care Council of Westchester, Envirolution One, grow! Lincoln Park Community Garden, Iona College, Kumon of New Rochelle, New Rochelle Council on the Arts, NR Future, Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers, The Guidance Center of Westchester, United Community Center of Westchester, United Way of Westchester & Putnam 2-1-1, Volunteer New York!, Westchester County Dept. of Community Mental Health, Westchester Clubmen and Youth Voices Center.

Policy Review & Recommendations — Submitted our suggestions based on information captured through surveys at the Local Action Summit (LAS) and included the master list of more than 120 stakeholders who have signed on to help carry out the goals of the MBK initiative. From 6/11 – 8/27 the MBK Steering Committee worked with a consultant to determine what services were available for the initiative and identified where there were gaps in programming.

Meet the Teacher Nights — MBK Representatives were present at 18 Meet the Teacher Nights to promote MBK NewRo, explain the initiative and invite families to attend the Action Plan Launch on 10/26

Action Plan Launch — Plan of Action was presented at an event held at New Rochelle High School and attended by more than 500 people. This Action Plan Report outlines the goals, benchmarks and timeline the community can use to achieve the objectives of My Brother’s Keeper.  The program included greetings by the Mayor and Superintendent, an introduction of some of the MBK student ambassadors, student entertainment and a presentation of the Action Plan Report by the MBK Steering Committee. On this day, MBK officials also launched the website, www.mbknewro.com and promoted #MBKNewRo’s social media platforms. It was a great celebration that marked New Rochelle’s commitment to helping all its young people, particularly young boys and men of color, to live full, happy and productive lives.