- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is awarding more than $6 million to 42 school districts to help them boost achievement among boys and young men of color.

The awards announced by the Education Department on Thursday support the My Brother’s Keeper Family and Community Engagement Program. They range from $90,000 to $150,000.

President Barack Obama established the My Brother’s Keeper task force at the federal level in 2014. New York included $20 million in the current budget.

The Family and Community Engagement Program aims to increase college and career readiness while fostering relationships between schools and families.

Among districts receiving grants are Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Niagara Falls and New York City.

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