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My Brother's Keeper workshop aims to inspire, encourage youth

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My Brother's Keeper workshop aims to inspire, encourage youth

By Denise Wong. CREATED Jul 18, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- About 300 young men gathered at West Preparatory Academy Friday morning for a summer workshop meant to encourage and inspire them.  

It's part of the My Brother's Keeper initiative, which the Obama Administration launched this year. 

This summer workshop was a chance for the boys to hear from community leaders and role models who were there to inspire.  

"It's a program that really focuses in on males of color and students who are disadvantaged," Pat Skorkowsky, superintendent of the Clark County School District said as he explained the My Brother's Keeper initiative. "To make sure that they are reading at grade level, that they are proficient in all their subject areas and that they have that next step, that college or career step built in." 

Speakers at the event ranged from elected officials to athletes. Those adults also challenged the kids to stay on track in school so that they can have more opportunities later on in life. 

"Talking to the young people about working hard, playing by the rules, and succeeding in life is all about My Brother's Keeper and what it's about," said Rep. Steven Horsford, who was one of the speakers. 

This is just the second My Brother's Keeper event to take place in Las Vegas since the Obama Administration launched the initiative a few months ago. A lot of the boys who attended Friday's workshop are already attending summer school sessions.

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Denise Wong is a general assignment reporter for Action News. Catch her live reports on Good Morning Las Vegas.