Money Flowing to My Brother’s Keeper

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even more money than expected has been committed to President Barack Obama’s initiative aimed at helping young minority men of color.

White House officials said Thursday more than $300 million in grants and in-kind resources have been independently committed to Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. The original pledges from private groups were for $200 million in funding.

Under the initiative, businesses, foundations and community groups coordinate investments to come up with or support programs that help young men of color. Administration officials say nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives across 43 states and the District of Columbia are participating in “My Brother’s Keeper” programs.

Obama, who kicked off the program in February 2014, plans to talk about some of the program’s achievements while in Columbia, South Carolina Friday.