Green For All Applauds President Obama’s Efforts to Increase Opportunities and Improve the Livelihood of Young Men of Color

Alyssa Ritterstein

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to yesterday’s announcement of “My Brother’s Keeper,” President Obama’s new initiative to help young men of color overcome barriers to opportunity and achievement, Green for All Executive Director Nikki Silvestri issued the following statement:

Statement by GFA Executive Director Nikki Silvestri

With the historic launch of My Brother’s Keeper, President Obama and his partners from all sectors of society recognize that our young men of color are being left behind and took a big leap forward towards truly achieving America’s highest, most sacred ideal—“liberty and justice for all.”

Green for All and our national network of college students on Historically Black College and University campuses, green entrepreneurs, elected officials, and community activists stand with the President in opening the doors of opportunity and improving life chances for young men of color, and others in low-income and communities of color. For us, improving life chances also includes combatting pollution, which should be added to the list of barriers that too many of our young boys of color and their communities face.

President Obama’s vision for our young men is shared by people like Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson who is fighting for the improved education of our children and leveraging infrastructure improvements for job creation—especially for Sacramento’s low-income residents; and by WDC Solar CEO Mark Davis who trains disadvantaged young people in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC for careers in solar panel installation.

For the communities that Green For All serves, My Brother’s Keeper will help enable young men of color from communities on the frontlines of pollution and poverty not to escape their circumstances, but to rebuild their neighborhoods into cleaner, healthier communities they can be proud of now and for generations to come.


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