MBK Connects During a Time of Distancing

  • Yonkers My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) found new ways to support Yonkers’ boys and young men this spring and summer, connecting and encouraging them during difficult times.

    Yonkers MBK Program Coordinator Gregory Joyner began hosting MBK Connects grade-level meetings on Zoom in April. More than 100 students in grades 4-12 and alumni attended the sessions, which included conversations about navigating life during a pandemic and a time of increased racial tensions.  New York Giants rookie Darnay Holmes reached out to Yonkers MBK from California to offer support and attended an MBK Connects meeting in June. Mr. Holmes shared words of inspiration and support. He advised students that preparation and a willingness to accept guidance are keys to success.  He also joined Yonkers MBK leaders in creating an “MBK Minute” video for Yonkers’ students, congratulating the Class of 2020 and praising their commitment to completing their studies in trying times. 

    As the Class of 2020 began celebrating graduation, Yonkers MBK held its annual Senior Send-Off on June 25. During the virtual gathering, students were inducted into the Yonkers MBK Alumni Chapter. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada congratulated the students and commended them for their strength and dedication. 

    Yonkers’ New York State MBK Fellows shared their trials and triumphs during an April statewide “MBK Village” meeting with New York State Department of Education leaders and at a virtual induction ceremony for 2020 NYS MBK Fellows in June. This summer, these students worked with mentors to develop their relationships, build strong presentation skills and plan service projects.

    "We are extremely proud of our magnificent young men," said Dr. Quezada. "They embody the promise of this movement."