My Brother’s Keeper: Nurturing In-School Relationships for Young Men of Color in New York City


Paul Forbes is the senior director of the Expanded Success Initiative at the Office of Equity and Access, New York City Department of Education. Sarah Klevan is a research analyst at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools and a doctoral candidate at New York University.

A program centered around the concept of Umoja (“unity”) highlights the importance of positive in-school relationships for young men of color and describes how those relationships help them to succeed in school and deal with trauma in their lives.