"MBK has a plan for the future of our children."
Our team is composed of individuals who have a combined 100 years of volunteer experience to the City of Cambridge. As Cambridge's footprint grows we are keenly aware that all members of our community should be empowered to dream without limits.
My Brother’s Keeper Cambridge is committed to disrupting and eradicating the chronic social, mental, economical, and educational barriers for youth, young adults, and parents.
President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential. As result of the untimely death of Trayvon Martin, Obama responded to the urgent need to create robust and targeted interventions to build safe and supportive communities where boys and young men of color feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity. Today, the work continues as the MBK Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foundation. The MBK Cambridge Task Force is aligned with the MBK Alliance and is committed to building an engaged community to influence community-wide policies customized to the uniqueness of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Task Force has adopted a citizen-led strategy to eliminate the gaps faced by boys and young men of color, and to begin to address the emerging needs and necessary supports for young women in the City of Cambridge and the Greater Boston Area. Working across government and academia, public and private sectors, with clergy, families and neighborhood groups, MBK aims to create meaningful policy proposals that facilitate the liberation of marginalized people.
Meet The Team
Tony Clark is a graduate of Cambridge Public Schools and holds degrees from Morehouse College, New York University, and The City University of New York. Tony is a seasoned educator and moderator, who previously held posts at New York University, The City University of New York, Columbia University, and Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves on the English faculty of Bunker Hill Community College, as a tenured professor. His work for the U.S. Department of Education along with other appointments has allowed him to work closely with over 25 school districts across the United States, focusing on education reform. Tony is an avid reader, a podcaster, and is currently working on his debut book to be released in 2022.
Ty Bellitti is a lifelong Cambridge resident and global citizen who is dedicated to giving back to his community. He’s built a career spanning the corporate, non-profit and independent business sectors, which has afforded him the opportunity to develop expansive networks and relationships anchored by shared values rooted in community: honesty, respect, empathy and resiliency. Ty believes in the importance of empowering people through education, and his years of experience have helped him to build strong, diverse, effective teams that honor the collective and play to the strengths of each team member. Ty is currently the Co-President of My Brother’s Keeper Cambridge and a board member of the Cambridge Community Foundation.
Frank Barnes is a Cambridge native, who has been on the front lines as a community activist for 30 years. Frank is a proud graduate of Virginia Union University (HBCU). Frank was on the ground floor for a series of important initiatives that have transformed hundreds of lives in the City of Cambridge, which include but are not limited to Hoops -N- Health under the stewardship of Former Mayor Kenneth E. Reeves, founding member of the LITE Basketball League, Man 2 Man, Qualls Academy housed at Fletcher Maynard Academy under the leadership of former Principal Robin Harris, and Sisters with a Dream under the leadership of Jill Seabrook. Frank is an avid tennis enthusiast who taught kids from Washington Elms and Newtowne Court the game of tennis. With the emerging needs of our youth in mind Frank is keenly aware of the importance of incorporating systems that empower our youth to reach their greatest selves.
Richard Carrington is a writer, entrepreneur, and an Empowerment Advocate. He resides in the Boston, Massachusetts area with his wife Diondra and two sons, Richard III and Aaron. Richard is proud of his Boston roots. His childhood experiences helped shape his progressive and emphatic disposition. Growing up in the inner city Richard witnessed criminal activity, despair, wasted talent, and opportunities. As a result, Richard developed a passion for humanity and a drive to push forward the less fortunate. In both his personal and professional life, Richard has worked intimately and prodigiously advocating for disadvantaged and underserved populations.