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If you have children you probably know that there -- still many problems.
In all schools dropout rate still very high teen pregnancy rates still very high indeed.
A lot of nonprofits now.
Getting it into this to try to help the kids to team up if you like.
With the schools and the brotherhood sisterhood -- is one of those non profits.
Place generally aimed at empowering young black and Latino women and men by helping them to become critical thing because community leaders it -- -- -- we joined in the studio now by the executive director and co-founder of the brotherhood system itself.
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Tell tell me about the organization well so what what are you why does it exist what do you want to achieve within.
We'll brother sister soul has been around for -- sixteen years now we provide comprehensive scaffold with support to young people from the age of eight to 22.
And really underlying all of our work is a philosophy that all young people can achieve academically can build long term stable lives.
And can really reach their dreams and so we provide after school care we provide rites of passage programming.
Developing an ethical and moral -- on what it means to be a man or woman a leader in once community.
International studies necessary to -- organizations like it was a of the school's failing.
Sure we have one point one million children in New York City school system and right now the graduation rate is approximately 60% that's what's being touted -- success.
That means roughly 400000 young people -- risk of failure every single day and our school systems are school was not responding adequately to young people here in New York City.
In response there's a whole entire network of outside support systems try to help young people -- should.
Now the schools encouraging this of the school -- of what what I'm getting and I guess they eat you know Derek eating their responsibilities of the -- Failing in that sense or they just saying we need more help and we want you to come in and help -- -- what.
Fact that the school system is failing the highest court the State of New York in 2003.
Found that educational.
Opportunities provide the young people in New York City was unconstitutional because it didn't reach the standard of a common education.
That's an objective fact found by the highest court in the State of New York.
Some schools are doing a wonderful job summer doing a very mediocre job and some are doing a failing to we have a very diverse set of schools within our school system.
And it really depends on where your child goes to school -- quite honestly what area code your child is born into.
He read then that's a very good point -- it's what way you lock determines how easily fiscal half now so how do you determine which schools you're gonna go which areas you're gonna go into and try to target and helping use in those whose brother is -- -- is based in Harlem and we work mostly with young people from -- Harlem and South Bronx community which is a community that is inundated with a lot of the negative socioeconomic conditions.
That produce an environment where a lot of our young people.
Are really not provided the opportunity to succeed and so we want to provide the support system so that they can do that.
What does that mean that means that the average per capita income for a family of four is about 24000 dollars a year.
The music and -- -- family of four means they're attending an overcrowded school district.
That means that there attending a school where even when they graduate they receive a diploma so even if they're doing with the supposed to be doing.
The educational level they -- -- an eighth grade level education and ends in essence it means that there are being sold -- a false bill of goods because they're being told they're being.
Provided an educational allow them to compete.
But in actuality they're not so what what are the programs give me some specifics of the programs that you -- put in place to help these kids.
Well first it's intensive academic support that's college guidance so that they can -- twenty colleges by the time they apply and understand that the different types.
Of higher academic institutions that exist.
It's international study so global awareness -- job training environmental education.
It's really raping a young person with holistic comprehensive services so that they can -- -- The kind of educational conditions at all too many of them are facing and we feel long term investment in young people's lives.
Is what enables them overcome Altria now does this cost those kids and the families -- all those kids anything until this is just something that you provide.
As a service via -- an independent viable one C three you raise money through fundraising events we raise money from the Philanthropic sector and foundations some government support.
A lot of individual support here in the city we just had a gallon -- Soledad O'Brien hosted and we -- a former mayor David N Dinkins and Cornell west.
And -- -- Dawson and so we have a lot of publicity events to bring support for the organization as well but it doesn't cost the young people because so many are coming.
From some of the most precariously situated economic environments that young people face here in the city and you can --
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