New York State My Brother's Keeper: Changing the Narrative

2023 New York State My Brother's Keeper Symposium

Anael Alston

Dear Colleagues, Partners, and Friends,

The New York State Education Department will host the 2023 New York State My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Symposium on Friday, May 19, 2023 in Albany. Nearly 900 students, educators, and leaders from across the state will gather for this event on the MBK initiative to help boys and young men of color - and all students - realize their full potential.

Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. and Commissioner Betty A. Rosa will speak as part of the event's welcome session. We are so honored to have Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie join us and deliver remarks. Regents Luis O. Reyes, Shino Tanikawa, and Adrian I. Hale will attend as well. Dr. Eric "ET" Thomas, a motivational speaker, author, and minister, will inspire participants with a high-energy keynote address. Lastly, we are fortunate to have some of the most prominent and respected names in education and youth development in attendance who will equip participants to meet the needs of our diverse student body here in New York State.

Eric Thomas

Dr. Eric "ET" Thomas

Keynote Speaker

Chancellor Young with MBK Fellows

Induction of

2023 MBK Fellows

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

Dr. Yolanda-Sealey-Ruiz


In addition to providing resources and a program to motivate and inspire participants, we will induct our sixth cohort of MBK Fellows!

We will also post live updates from the symposium on Twitter and Facebook. If you post on social media while attending the event, please tag us using these tags:

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NYSED Twitter: @NYSEDNews

Facebook: @NYStateEd



We are very excited about this event! We have reached capacity, and registration is now closed for in-person participants. If you have not already registered, we hope you take the opportunity to participate via webcast and hear from New York State MBK students and programs as they share their success stories, challenges, and strategies. For your convenience, a webcast will be available on on Friday, May 19.

Subscribe to this newsletter and follow us on social media to learn how to become involved in NYSMBK in your community.

Thank you for your interest in MBK!


The New York State My Brother's Keeper Team

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