High school student excited for 'My Brother's Keeper' action plan
SAN ANTONIO - For Noe Castro, making it to his senior year of high school was no easy feat.
"It's been really hard for me to focus in school," Castro said.
Castro said it was just him and his mother for most of his childhood.
"As of right now, I don't have frequent contact with my father, but I try my best to focus on this one aspect and not have that affect me," the Burbank High School student said.
With negative statistics stacked against him, Castro was determined to hit the books hard and make his life meaningful.
"I don't want to be named, 'Oh that's the kid that dropped out, that's the kid that took the road and didn't want to put in the effort," Castro said.
He is a member of Communities In School's XY-Zone, which is a young men leadership program. Castro spoke during a news conference on Monday, which outlined My Brother's Keeper San Antonio's action plan.
The My Brother's Keeper initiative was first introduced by President Obama in 2014. Mayor Ivy Taylor, along with other local and national leaders, revealed the plan of action for MBKSA.
The plan highlights "cradle-to-college-and-career" strategies and proposes action steps for achieving the following goals:
Ensure all Youth Graduate High School - 90% of Bexar County's young men of color graduate on time by 2020.
Ensure all Youth Complete Post-Secondary Education or Training - 50% of Bexar County's young men of color between the ages of 25-34 will, at a minimum, complete a workforce program of study by 2020.
Ensure all Out-of-School Youth are Employed - Reduce the number of Bexar County's young men of color who are neither working nor in school by four percentage points by 2020.
Ensure all Youth are Safe from Violent Crime - Reduce the rate of violent crime victimization by 27 percent by 2020 for young men of color under the age of 35.
Ensure all Youth Convicted or Incarcerated Receive Opportunity to Lead a Productive Life - Reduce the juvenile re-arrest rate for young men of color by five percentage points by 2020.
The mayor called on business owners to offer jobs to young minority men after they graduate from high school.