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Rep. Frederica Wilson and Miami-Dade schools chief Alberto Carvalho join President Barack Obama for 'My Brothers Keeper' announcement

Joining the President Barack Obama at the White House Thursday afternoon for his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative on Thursday afternoon will be Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, D-Miami, Mami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and Dr. Theron Clark, administrator 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, a program founded 21 years ago by the congresswoman to mentor at-risk boys in Miami-Dade schools.

Obama is calling on America’s businesses, philanthropists and government leaders to join forces to put young men of color on a path toward successful lives. Foundations were to announce pledges to spend at least $200 million over five years to promote that goal as Obama launches his new initiative.

“['My Brother’s Keeper' initiative] is a step in the right direction toward improving the outcomes for young men of color,” said Wilson in a statement.

"I have seen, firsthand, that providing structure, discipline and role models can make a difference in the lives of young men of color and improve their odds of getting an education to become productive citizens," she added.

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