SF Chronicle: Obama Brother’s Keeper program inspired by Oakland project

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By Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle

President Obama, backed by $200 million in philanthropic pledges, launched a new program Wednesday aimed at helping young men of color succeed in school and the job market – and some of its inspiration came from a program already in place in Oakland.

The new My Brother’s Keeper program is designed to reverse a national trend in which young men of color are six times as likely to be murdered as whites. The disparities are just as stark in the classroom, where 86 percent of African American fourth-grade boys and 82 percent of their Latino classmates are reading below proficiency levels, compared with white boys at 54 percent, according to the White House.