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Mentor hopes "My Brother’s Keeper" initiative will have local impact

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Local mentors hope the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative unveiled by President Barack Obama Thursday will have an impact in the ArkLaTex.

The program is geared toward helping young minority men succeed despite rough and challenging circumstances.

"We need to change the statistic," said President Obama during the announcement of the initiative.

With help from the private sector, the plan will put money and muscle behind programs helping at-risk youth stay in school and out of jail.

"Not only do we care, but the highest power in the United States of America cares," says mentor Deeroyone Tonsel. Tonsel mentors at the Shreveport-Bossier Boys and Girls Club.

He says often the young men at the club deal with issues like drugs, death, guns, and sex. He hopes the new initiative will help the men succeed.

So far, businesses and foundations have pledged $200 million to help the initiative. Within 90 days the White House plans on having some concrete plans to put that money into action.

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