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The Keeper's Secret: 2019 Summer Edition WHERE EVERY VOICE IS HEARD AND NO STORY IS LEFT UNTOLD; MICHAEL REGAN, MBK COORDINATOR

Welcome to our 2019 Summer Edition of The Keeper's Secret, our monthly MBK newsletter. It's been a great school year for MBK, and we look forward to continuing on this journey with you all for years to come!

In this newsletter you will find all of the latest happenings in our My Brother's Keeper Program at Monticello Central School District. With so many amazing things happening in Monti-MBK, why keep it a secret? In this monthly newsletter, we will stop at nothing to make sure every voice is heard and no story is left untold. Stay tuned every month and help spread the word so that nothing we do is kept a secret.

Watch our MBK Public Service Announcement to catch up on WHO we are, WHAT we do, and WHY we do it.

WANT TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD IN MBK FOR THE 19-20 SCHOOL YEAR?

MBK NOW HAS AN OFFICIAL WEBSITE WITH TONS OF INFORMATION, CONTAINING APPLICATIONS THAT CAN BE PRINTED IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH

UPCOMING EVENTS

2ND ANNUAL 2019 MBK SUMMER KICK OFF BBQ!

Come join us for the HOTTEST BBQ of the Summer! 🔥 Hosted by Monti-MBK at Monticello’s De Hoyos Park on June 29, 2019 from 4pm-9pm.

ENJOY GREAT PEOPLE, GREAT FOOD, GREAT FUN!

Free BBQ Lunch will be served and don’t miss out on major cash prizes including $500 for Dance Contest

Looking for work this summer? Meet employers on the spot at our Summer Employment Booths!

LIVE DJ and LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE!

POLICE VS. CIVILIAN BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT!

MBK AWARDS CEREMONY FOR YOUTH!

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF MBK LOCAL ACTION PLAN TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF OUR YOUTH!

RECENT EVENTS

Monticello MBK Community Local Action Summit --- APRIL 24th

Monti-MBK hosted a well attended Monticello My Brother's Keeper Local Action Summit on April 24th from 3:45pm-7:45pm in the Monticello High School Cafeteria.

So far, over 25 agencies from our local community, and hundreds of youth, parents, and school officials have provided us with valuable feedback for our MBK Community Action Plan.

Our MBK Local Action Plan will drive our efforts moving forward as a community to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color. The official launch of this plan will take place at our MBK Summer Kick Off BBQ on June 29th.

Special Thank you to New York State Education Department, and our keynote for this event, Dr. Don-Lee Applyrs, the NYSED Director of Family and Community Engagement. All of this work in our local community would not be possible without the unwavering advocacy and support at the state level thanks to Regent Young, Dr. Alston, Regent Finn (aka Judge Finn from Monticello) and so many other NYSED and Board of Regent supporters that give us the platform to do this very important work right here in Monticello.

We also owe a special thank you to our leadership in Central Office, Superintendent Tammy Mangus and our Executive Director of Special, Summer, & After School Programs, Dana Taylor, who are truly leading the way for MBK in MCSD and many other programs and initiatives that support equity and opportunities for ALL students!

Strategic Planning Session Prepping for our Monti-MBK Community Local Action Summit
NYSED Director of Family Community Engagement, Dr. Applyrs, speaks on the urgency of our work in MBK
All our major supporters gather around for a family photo to capture their excitement for our MBK Movement
MCSD Superintendent, Tammy Mangus, speaks on the need for MBK in the Monticello Central School District
MBK Community Consultant, Ed Lawson, JD, speaks on the strategic planning and logic model design used to create our MBK Action Plan.
Monti-MBK Coordinator, Michael Regan, speaks on the findings of our MBK Needs Assessment and MCSD Equity Audit to understand our baseline in improving outcomes for boys and young men of color in MCSD.
MBK Student Mentor, Noah Moreno, partners with NY State Trooper Suarez to discuss their suggestions for supporting MBK Milestone 6; Keeping kids on track and giving them second chances.
Students, families, teachers, and local agencies gather to brainstorm our MBK Local Action Plan

WATCH OUR STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION TO BECOME A MBK COMMUNITY; ATTENDED BY OVER 15 LOCAL AGENCIES, ALL WORKING HARD TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR BOYS AND YOUNG MEN OF COLOR!

UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY

Monti-MBK has partnered with the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission to facilitate "Unity in the Community" gatherings (aka Cop Cafe) the last Thursday of every month at 4:30pm, located at the Savory Sweets Eatery in Monticello. Our last meeting on May 30th featured special guests from the Sullivan County Juvenile Probation Department! The prior meeting on April 25th featured our NY State Police!

The purpose of these meetings are to promote unity and trust between our community and law enforcement officials from the criminal justice system. We recognize that there is a need for us to understand each other. These gatherings are intended for all of us to engage in meaningful dialogue, to share perspectives, and grow closer to one another.

Each gathering is hosted by a local business owner, Savory Sweets Eatery, located on 452 Broadway, Monticello, NY, who offers free snacks and refreshments for our community to enjoy. Each event runs from 4:30pm-5:30pm during the last Thursday of every month.

This month, we will be postponing our traditional meetings in exchange for a Police vs. Civilian Basketball Tournament during our MBK Summer Kick Off BBQ on June 29th at 5pm in De Hoyos Park. We will resume our normal schedule in July.

Big thank you to the Sullivan County Probation Department, the NYS Police, The Monticello Village Police, and the Sullivan County District Attorney for showing love to our community. Thanks to their support for our youth and community, we have been engaging in meaningful ‪dialogue‬ and discussing a lot of deep issues; all while bonding, laughing, and uniting as a community!

April 25th, Building Unity with NY State Police

Check out footage from our March 28th "Unity in the Community" gathering with Officer Walker from the Monticello Police Department

2ND ANNUAL "I HAVE A DREAM" TALENT SHOW APRIL 13TH

Presented by Dream Tank & Hosted by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

This year over 200 parents and community members were in the audience, and students from multiple school districts throughout Sullivan County performed.

This year all 3 winners came from Monticello Central School District!

1st Place: Sofia Trevisani (12th Grade)

2nd Place: Vincent VanLow (3rd Grade)

3rd Place: Jalil Jones (10th Grade) & Naim Warner 6th Grade (MBK Students)

Monti-MBK Youth Participate in NYSED My Brother's Keeper Symposium with 1,000 supporters across NY

Monti-MBK Student Mentors got the chance to attend the NYSED MBK Symposium in Albany NY, listening to keynote speeches from leaders & advocates across NY State with over 1,000 participants

Monti-MBK Represented at NY State Board of Regents Youth Speak Panel Discussion

Monti-MBK Student Mentor, Noah Moreno, represents youth across the Nation at the NY State Board of Regents “Youth Speak” Panel Discussion in Albany, NY. The purpose of this panel was to inquire the minds of our youth to offer feedback for the NY State Board of Regents and NY State Legislators to improve the education system in New York. See video below to watch this inspiring opportunity to give our youth a voice at this major decision making table!

MBK HEADLINES

MBK YOUTH FEATURED IN "OUR TIMES PRESS" ARTICLE BY NYSED

MBK AFTER SCHOOL 18-19 HIGHLIGHTS

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MBK Cross Age Peer Mentoring Program

MBK "Legacy" Career Exploration Program

MBK Culturally Responsive "Diversity Book Club"

MBK Digital Literacy Lab

MBK Academic Tutoring

MBK SUMMER SCHEDULE

MBK will continue to operate on a modified schedule throughout the summer for students currently enrolled. If you would like your child to continue with us this summer, please contact MBK Coordinator, Michael Regan, at mregan@k12mcsd.net or call 845-794-8840 x10954 for more information!

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!

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