NYSED Inducts Largest Class of My Brother’s Keeper Fellows; 4 from New Rochelle High School

Written By: Robert Cox

Luis Ayala, Shawndel Gilchrist, Justin Lloyd, Biery Guevara (l. to r.)

ALBANY, NY (May 20, 2023) — The State Education Department today inducted 97 new My Brother’s Keeper Fellows—the largest ever class of boys and young men of color who are leaders in their schools and communities—and announced that the MBK Community Network has now grown to 36 member communities, according to Commissioner Betty A. Rosa.

The My Brother’s Keeper initiative helps boys and young men of color— and all students— realize their full potential

The approved MBK Community Networks were eligible to apply to the Fellows Program.

Fellows participated in an induction ceremony today during the 2023 MBK Symposium.

The 2023 MBK Fellows include Luis Ayala, Shawndel Gilchrist, Biery Guevara, Justin Lloyd from New Rochelle High School.

MBK Fellows receive mentor relationship opportunities in government, education, and business. Each rising senior will be required to develop and execute a service project related to a NYSMBK initiative.

What they are saying:

Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr.: “My Brother’s Keeper is removing barriers, empowering our young people to affect actionable change, and creating a generation of leaders prepared for civic duty and deeply committed to social justice. We are excited to welcome our newest MBK Network Communities and this year’s class of My Brother’s Keeper Fellows to continue the growth of this movement to build a culture and society of opportunity where every student can be successful. We thank Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and their colleagues for their continued support of New York’s MBK Program and for opening doors to success for all New Yorkers.”

Commissioner Betty A. Rosa: “My Brother’s Keeper is emblematic of the Department’s commitment to doing what is right for all students. It is up to each of us to help close and eliminate the opportunity gaps these young adults face, and to guide them to reach their full potential. The remarkable young men who have been named 2023 Fellows are the voices of our future and worthy champions of our cause.”

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie: “As a proud champion of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative here in New York, it is an honor and a privilege to see the largest class of fellows enter the program this year. As the first Black speaker of the Assembly, I know how important it is to foster and develop the next generation of Black leaders and ensure that we always have a seat at the table and to amplify our voices in our communities. I look forward to seeing the incredible work I know these young people will do, as well as the continued success of My Brother’s Keeper across New York as the program continues to grow.”

New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins: “I am a big believer in My Brother’s Keeper, this program plays a crucial role in providing opportunities for young men of color to develop their leadership capabilities and support their commitment to uplift their communities. I am especially gratified that the City of Yonkers’ program was honored this month by former President Barack Obama as one of four “My Brother’s Keeper Model Communities.” I am also proud that in partnership with the Assembly, the Senate Majority under my leadership has secured a total of $90 million in funding since 2019 to support the great work of this initiative and continue to grow its reach to more young men in communities across New York. I am delighted to congratulate the 2023 Fellows of My Brother’s Keeper. I have no doubt that this cohort of inspiring young men will have a bright future.”