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

2024 New York State My Brother's Keeper Symposium

Anael Alston

Dear Colleagues, Partners, and Friends,

The New York State Education Department will host the 2024 New York State My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Symposium on Thursday, May 30, 2024 in Albany. Hundreds of 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 also honored to have award-winning journalist Cheryl Wills join us and deliver remarks. Jemal King, professional speaker, entrepreneur, and author of 9 to 5 Millionaire, will engage participants with an inspiring 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 empower participants to meet the needs of our diverse student body here in New York State.

Jemal King

Jemal King

Keynote Speaker

Chancellor Young and Fellows

Induction of

2024 MBK Fellows

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz


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

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

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Facebook: @NYStateEd

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We are very excited about this event! Registration will close on May 23 at 12:00 PM or until we reach capacity. Please reach out to your MBK Coordinator for registration information. If you are not joining us in person, 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 Thursday, May 30.

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Thank you for your interest in MBK!


The New York State My Brother's Keeper Team

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