Sen. Brown stops in Liberty to promote Obama’s mentoring program

Brown is working with Warren Mayor Doug Franklin and Youngstown Mayor John McNally to begin the program locally

Senator Sherrod Brown was in Liberty on Tuesday for a roundtable on President Barack Obama's initiative called "My Brother's Keeper."

LIBERTY, Ohio (WYTV) – Senator Sherrod Brown was in Liberty on Tuesday for a roundtable on President Barack Obama’s initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper.”

In February 2014, President Obama announced the initiative, designed to ensure that all children have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success. The focus includes early learning and school readiness, parenting and family engagement, and interactions with the criminal justice system, among other aspects.

Brown is working with Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, Youngstown Mayor John McNally, church leaders and other community outreach groups to bring the initiative to the Mahoning Valley. The goal is to have these groups work together with one voice — getting more adults involved in mentoring to help young people reach their full potential.

“There are kids that need adult supervision, that need a role model, that need a mentor, and we want to coordinate in a way that more young people have the opportunity to do one-on-one with somebody that has been successful,” Brown said.

Brown said moving forward, they’ll continue meeting and hope to bring in more people interested in becoming a mentor to help with this common goal.

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