- The Washington Times - Friday, May 30, 2014

President Obama will call on all American adults Friday to make a long-term commitment to mentoring black and Hispanic boys as part of his initiative to help young men of color succeed in school.

Aides said Mr. Obama will review with his Cabinet Friday a report from a White House task force on his program called “My Brother’s Keeper,” which he launched in February.

“It is important that all children have caring adults who are engaged in their lives,” the report states. “But too many young people lack this support. For example, roughly two-thirds of black and one-third of Hispanic children live with only one parent.”

The initiative is aimed at encouraging businesses, non-profit groups, foundations, churches and others to join in a public-private campaign to help minority boys.

“It’s vital to the long-term strength of our communities,” said senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Among the task force’s recommendations is eliminating suspensions and expulsions in preschool. Ms. Jarrett said feedback from educators and community leaders stressed the need for schools to focus “less on harsh disciplinary action.”

The report said research shows that a father’s absence increases the risk of his child dropping out of school among blacks by 75 percent and Hispanics by 96 percent.

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