Sealaska has partnered with Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Central Council) on a White House challenge called My Brother’s Keeper (MBK). The focus of MBK is to build and execute robust plans to ensure that all young people — no matter who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born — can achieve their full potential.
My Brother’s Keeper is focused on six milestones:
- Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn
- Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade
- Graduating from High School Ready for College and Career
- Successfully Entering the Workforce
- Keeping Kids on Track and Giving Them Second Chances
Central Council is one of two Alaska tribes to accept the White House challenge. The other is Hoonah Indian Association.
The first step in accepting the challenge was to organize and hold a Local Action Summit. The summit took place in Juneau on Friday, November 7, 2014.
“Working on projects that are important to our shared community will always be an important initiative for Sealaska,” said Sealaska President and CEO Anthony Mallott. “Sealaska has always carried a core mission of core capacity building. Our “Sealaska Way”, which is part of our mission, is the way we operate. It tells us that we are to utilize our core native values to achieve our operating goals while also building shareholder capacity. Education is a significant part of capacity building. Helping with programs that provide greater opportunity, greater probability that our shareholders graduate high school and attend college will always be a meaningful Sealaska goal. Sealaska may not be the most appropriate partner when it comes to early childhood development. But I know we have meaningful resources when it comes to collage preparation, college graduation and career path development.”
MBK Local Action Summit slideshow
View Sealaska President and CEO’s full presentation to MBK Local Action Summit