Dakar Foundation was represented at the Whitehouse 2 Year Anniversary Summit Monday, February 29th by Retired Brigadier General Gordon Arnold-Bray.


General Gordon Arnold-Bray pictured, left, Chairman Broderick Johnson in the middle.

12The summit gave Dakar a glimpse of the the successes and barriers  that have allowed us to align with three of the MBK’s six pillars below.

  • Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career
    All youth should receive a quality high school education and graduate with the skills and tools needed to advance to postsecondary education or training.
  • Successfully Entering the Workforce
    Anyone who wants a job should be able to get a job that allows them to support themselves and their families.
    • Completing Postsecondary Education or Training
      Every American should have the option to attend post-secondary education and receive the education and training needed for the quality jobs of today and tomorrow.


Two and a half years ago, the President spoke to the nation after the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. He talked about the angst and anger that many parents and families were feeling, and about the challenges facing too many young people, boys and young men of color in particular. He observed: “There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement,” and “There has to be more we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them, and is willing to invest in them.”


Six months later, the President launched My Brother’s Keeper in a ceremony held in the East Room of the White House. During his remarks, the President recognized the challenges that can disproportionately affect boys and young men of color – and the need to find ways to ensure that they and their peers have every opportunity to reach their full potential:


“After all, these boys are a growing segment of our population. They are our future workforce. When, generation after generation, they lag behind, our economy suffers. Our family structure suffers. Our civic life suffers. Cycles of hopelessness breed violence and mistrust. And our country is a little less than what we know it can be. So we need to change the statistics — not just for the sake of the young men and boys, but for the sake of America’s future.”