Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

My Brother's Keeper

We are working to change the narrative for boys and young men of color in our community.

President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

Schenectady accepted the New York State My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge and is a member of the NYSMBK Community. We commit to taking the necessary actions to develop and executive programs and strategies designed to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color, and all youth, to help them realize their full potential.

Letter recognizing Schenectady has taken the steps and is welcomed as a NYSMBK Community.

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Community Schools

In June, 2022, more than 80 Schenectady community organizations and agencies joined us to learn about community schools and how they can partner with us in this work. It was incredible to see leaders from so many different sectors and corners of our community who are not only interested but are willing to commit to partnering with us to build community schools. To learn more about what a community school is, watch this short video. A collaborative community-wide approach serves to remove barriers and provides accessibility to resources and supports that our students and families need from health, food, clothing, well-being and childcare to transportation, social service and legal support. If we want to transform our education system so that all students are successful, we can’t work in isolation. These community conversations are the first steps toward building school communities that will help our students, families and the community thrive. As our next step, we are forming an advisory council which will include members from throughout the community. This group will design the approach and roadmap moving forward with an eye on having some community school supports in place by fall.

Community School Coordinators

Our Community School Coordinators are Kayla Ambesi and Ryan Williams. As community school coordinators, they have an important role in both the development of our community schools and in advancing the community school strategy which is to ensure that our students have the resources, opportunities, and support that make academic success possible and create strong ties among families students, schools and the Schenectady community. Their work is about creating, strengthening and maintaining the bridge between the school and community. They are critical to successful implementation.

It's important that we help others understand the role of our community school coordinators and that, as a community, we commit to working together to accomplish a shared vision of improved outcomes for our young people. Thank you Kayla and Ryan for your commitment and dedication. We are on our way.
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Kayla Ambesi

Kayla Ambesi, Community School Coordinator

Ryan Williams

Ryan William, Community School Coordinator

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