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Mayor Tim Keller Congratulates NACA Inspired Schools Network for Receiving Obama Foundation Recognition

NACA Inspired Schools Network Chosen as a Winner of My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge Competition

November 16, 2018

Today, Mayor Tim Keller congratulated the Native American Community Academy (NACA) Inspired Schools Network on their recognition as a winner of My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge Competition. My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is an initiative of the Obama Foundation that seeks to adopt innovative approaches, strengthen support, and build ladders of opportunity for boys and young men of color. The City of Albuquerque has worked closely with NACA Inspired Schools Network through the MBK ABQ initiative and will continue the partnership to effectively close opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color.

“This is a well-deserved recognition for NACA Inspired Schools Network – their efforts make Albuquerque stronger and highlight what makes our city special,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “As a My Brother’s Keeper partner, we look forward to continuing to work with this group to break down barriers and expand opportunities for young people in our Indigenous communities.”

After an intense review process, My Brother’s Keeper selected 19 organizations across 10 states and Puerto Rico that will expand evidence-based initiatives to reduce youth violence, grow effective mentorship programs, and measurably improve the lives of boys and young men of color. Winning organizations will share more than $5 million in grants, direct technical assistance, and evaluation support.

"It has been wonderful to work with our key community partners on the Obama Challenge. Our youth leaders continue to inspire us all and make positive changes every day in their schools and communities -- we are glad to have the support of the Obama Foundation. Together we will continue to celebrate and advocate for Boys and Young Men of Color," stated Kara Bobroff, founding member of Native American Community Academy and Executive Director of NACA Inspired Schools Network.

The goals and values of My Brother’s Keeper align with Mayor Tim Keller’s vision to create a safe, innovative and inclusive Albuquerque.