On Friday January 23, the National Civic League announced a new effort encouraging cities and tribal nations across the country to help vulnerable boys and young men to succeed in school and life in response to President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" (MBK) initiative.

NCL will be spotlighting the importance of communities supporting and engaging vulnerable boys and young men through the 2015 All-America City Awards program.

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, chairman of the Board at NCL, announced the program during a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' My Brother's Keeper Task Force of the US Conference of Mayors at their Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.

"The nation's cities and their mayors understand the importance of this work," said Hancock.  "With this new focus of the All-America City Awards, the League is saying it embraces the goal of encouraging cities and tribes to help vulnerable boys and young men succeed in school and life and will spotlight effective programs for all to see."

"MBK is an all-hands-on-deck effort where business, nonprofits, government, faith leaders and citizens are working collectively to tear down obstacles to success that too often prevent some young people, particularly boys and young men of color, from achieving their full potential." said Broderick Johnson, Assistant to the President, Cabinet Secretary and Chair of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force. "The National Civic League's All-America City program will lift up critical and effective city-based strategies that will transform and inspire the lives of future generations."

Click here to read Mayor Hancock’s remarks to the US Conference of Mayors Task Force.