January 15, 2019
The Center at Sierra Health Foundation was awarded the 2019 Sacramento Kings MLK Jr. Community Impact Award at the Jan. 14 Kings game for their leadership of the My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento Collaborative, which works in collaboration with its Black Child Legacy Campaign and Positive Youth Justice Initiative. This nationally recognized program brings systems leaders, community partners, youth-serving organizations and young people together to address health, education, employment and justice system disparities for young men of color through policy advocacy, systems change and support for effective programs. The award honors an individual or organization that embodies the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their work, including values of equality, leadership and education.
“We are honored to receive the MLK Community Impact Award recognizing the work of the Sacramento My Brother’s Keeper Collaborative, working in partnership with the Black Child Legacy Campaign’s Healing the Hood Initiative and the Positive Youth Justice Initiative to improve opportunities and outcomes for boys and young men of color,” said Chet P. Hewitt, president and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation and The Center and co-chair of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African-American Child Deaths. “We continue to build upon our partnerships with community organizations, families and youth to create a more hopeful future for all young people.”
“We are pleased to recognize The Center at Sierra Health Foundation with the MLK Jr. Community Impact Award for their leadership with the My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento Collaborative,” said Sacramento Kings Chief Operating Officer Matina Kolokotronis. “Through their commitment to improve outcomes for local boys and men of color, the Collaborative instills Dr. King’s values on a daily-basis, creating health, education and employment opportunities for young men of color in the Sacramento region.”
My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento invests in and supports community-led change with the My Brother’s Keeper Youth Fellowship program and trusted partners, such as Advance Peace, Sacramento City Unified School District’s Men’s Leadership Academy, Improve Your Tomorrow and others that utilize mentorship, restorative justice and healing-centered, trauma-informed practices to create opportunity for boys and men of color.
“Building on and with real community partnership and commitment, My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento is uniquely situated to serve our youth and their families. We are grateful to the Sacramento Kings for their recognition of the importance of these youth in their communities and for their continued support of this transformative work,” said Jackie Rose, founder and director of the Rose Family Creative Empowerment Center, which serves as a Black Child Legacy Campaign Community Incubator Lead and also provides crisis intervention work essential to the impact My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento has on the lives of boys and young men of color and their communities.
“Our community partners and youth fellows have long worked with passion and dedication to improve outcomes for our boys and men of color. This award is a celebration and recognition of our partners’ vision of a healthy and more equitable Sacramento,” said Stacey Ault, Ed.D., MSW PPSC, Assistant Professor at Sacramento State University and co-chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento Collaborative.