- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio city plans to take part in a White House initiative focusing on improving the lives of young minority males.

The city of Dayton will participate in the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge in the area, the Dayton Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/13oU2i6 ). The initiative aims to improve educational and employment opportunities for young people, namely male minorities.

The city announced earlier this month it would participate in the challenge. Officials said they’ll identify ways to ensure young people are prepared for school, can read at the appropriate grade level and graduate high school. The city will also work to develop strategies for young people to finish post-secondary training or education, get jobs and avoid crime and violence.

Leaders in the community need to engage young people and find out what challenges they face and what they need, said Dayton Commissioner Jeffery Mims Jr.

“We need to have some frank conversations with young people once we develop their trust,” he said.

Arrangements have already been made for dozens of black professionals to visit the city’s public schools in December to expose students to successful adult minorities, Mims said.

Details for the program’s implementation are still being discussed, but officials said they hope to merge the initiative with existing Dayton education programs.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, https://www.daytondailynews.com

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