District Implements My Brother’s Keeper Program
As part of the District’s new Equity, Inclusivity and Diversity plan, the nationwide My Brother’s Keeper program is being implemented districtwide starting in the fall of 2021. The district represents the only elementary school district in Nassau County to be selected for the program.
Former President Barack Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in 2014 “to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential.”
The Elmont district is utilizing this mentoring program to focus on building safe and supportive communities for young people of color, where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity; establish mentoring opportunities within the district and through community partnerships; and enhance the districtwide “Teachers of Tomorrow” program, which allows students to build a love of teaching and connect with an educator in their school building for mentor-mentee relationships.
Additionally, the district is collaborating with the Sewanhaka Central High School District to incorporate the My Brother’s Keeper program. The elementary district plans to establish a partnership with the high school district through STEM project-based learning and the Science Research program. They also intend to foster connections between the “Teachers of Tomorrow” program and the high school district’s “Today’s Students/Tomorrow’s Teachers” program, as well as continue to establish transitional programs for the sixth graders with the help of school guidance counselors.
As the program is underway, the district administrative team will evaluate the effectiveness of each part of the program biannually and communicate this information to the board of education, as well as hold annual community input meetings to discuss these results and make modifications where necessary.
Board President Michael Jaime worked with both county and state officials to bring the program to the district.