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Mayor Segarra Statement on President Obama’s Announcement of My Brother’s Keeper

“I applaud the President’s leadership, both as an elected official and personally as man of color who benefitted from the type of programs he is promoting. Nearly 1 in 4 Hartford residents aged 16-24 are high school dropouts, more than 90% of them are Latino or Black, and 53% of them are male. As the President said, we’ve begun to assume statistics like these are an inevitable part of American life, instead of the outrages they are.”

“Hartford has initiatives like our Summer Youth Employment Program, but we need to do more. The ability of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force to assess and promote the programs most effective in combating these numbers is the sort of ambitious solution that we as a City could never carry out alone. Because young men of color are an important part of our future workforce, these steps aren’t just the right thing to do—they’re an economic necessity.”

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For Immediate Release: February 27, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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c. (860) 539-5485
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