"My Brother's Keeper" A Presidential Initiative Designed To Improve Life Outcomes For Boys And Young Men Of Color (BYMOC): A Case Study To Critically Assess Its Implementation Fidelity
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The My Brother's Keeper (MBK) initiative is a federal interagency effort to improve life outcomes and address the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color (BYMOC). The purpose of this study was to critically assess implementation fidelity of the MBK initiative by Federal Agencies, Private Partnerships, and MBK Challenge Cities using a case study methodology. The Community Coalition Action Theory (CCAT) was used to identify topical areas and themes to assess collaboration and implementation activities. Five Fidelity Framework constructs were used to assess implementation fidelity of the six universal milestones. Data analysis methods study consisted of content, thematic and cross case analysis, as well as pattern matching at all levels of the investigation. Results - Examples of strategies related to the six universal milestones implemented by: Federal Agencies: (1) Head Start, (2) the elimination of expulsion and suspension school policies, (3) postsecondary education support for incarcerated individuals and reentry success, (4) STEM, (5) school discipline, (6) increased college enrollment, and (7) summer jobs. Private Partnerships: (1) increased grant making, (2) research, (3) improving school climate, mentoring, policing equity, and college success, and (4) Ban-the-Box. MBK Challenge Cities: (1) collaborations/partnerships with the Business Community as well as Educational, Community, and Philanthropic Organizations, (2) inclusion of families and their roles, (3) improving school readiness/high school completion, (4) enhance college preparation, (5) mentoring, and (6) positive social emotional development to reduce justice system involvement . While MBK implementation fidelity was strong at all levels of investigation across embedded cases for two of the five dimensions of fidelity (adherence and engagement), additional research is needed to gain a deeper understanding of the remaining dimensions of MBK implementation fidelity (quality of delivery, dose, and program differentiation). This study recommends that the Federal Government, Obama Foundation and My Brother's Keeper Alliance : (1) Encourage collaborative networking, (2) Include city and philanthropic representatives on the Federal Task Force, (3) Establish an MBK Peer Education Model, (4) Establish a Program Implementation Evaluation Model, and (5) Launch a social marketing campaign to increase awareness and utilization of resources (internships, training and jobs) related to improving outcomes for BYMOC at all levels.