• Posted on: February 25, 2015

HUD Secretary Julian Castro: Giving Every Young Person a Path to Reach Their Potential.

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White House’s HUD Secretary Julian Castro spotlights EOYDC’s Edwin Manzano and The President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.

“Our nation’s most basic duty is to ensure that every child has the chance to fulfill his or her potential. This isn’t the responsibility of one individual or one neighborhood: it’s up to all of us to pave these paths of opportunity so that young people—regardless of where they grow up—can get ahead in life and achieve their dreams.

That’s why My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is such an important initiative. Launched by President Obama last year, MBK brings communities together to ensure that all youth—including boys and young men of color—can overcome barriers to success and improve their lives. I got to see this work up close during a recent trip to Oakland, California. I joined Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Lynette McElhaney, and other stakeholders for a conversation about efforts that are making a difference in the lives of local youth.

One of the participants was a teenager named Edwin Manzano. The son of a hard-working single parent, Edwin found encouragement and support at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). Thanks in part to the academic and mentoring services offered by the EOYDC, Edwin will become the first member of his family to attend college when he begins his studies this fall at San Francisco State University.” – Secretary Julian Castro

Giving Every Young Person a Path to Reach Their Potential – See more at: http://blog.hud.gov/index.php/2015/02/25/giving-young-person-path-reach-potential/

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