The My Brother’s Keeper (MBK)/UMass Boston (UMB) Alliance is designed to promote the educational, vocational, identity, and civic engagement of the UMB students (Fellows) who are participating in this Alliance with the following goals.

  • to provide UMB/MBK Fellows with the resources, skills, and mentoring necessary to achieve their highest potential
  • to create opportunities for Fellows to serve as role models to students across Boston
  • to create and sustain vibrant governmental, educational, and nonprofit partnerships that collectively work to advance these goals

UMB/MBK Fellows participate in an immersive program that brings together academic, skills-based and experiential learning, and mentoring. In collaboration with the Trotter Institute and the UMass Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, this Alliance offers Fellows a robust curriculum of leadership development, training, networking activities, and mentorship throughout the academic year. This will help Fellows gain the real-world skills, tools, and experiences they need to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Key components of the program include:

  • Personal and Professional Development Through a partnership with the UMB Trotter Institute, Fellows will participate in workshops designed to strengthen Fellows academic, vocational, and leadership skills. Workshop topics may include topics that affect the lives of young men of color including inequality, racial justice, mass incarceration, family, and workforce development, conflict management and resolution, mentor recruitment, public speaking, and resilience.
  • Mentoring Experiences Through a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts, Fellows will serve as volunteer mentors in the Dever Elementary Schools. Fellows will also be provided with mentoring. Through a partnership with Omega Psi Phi, Fellows are provided with guidance, support, and access to alumni networks of practitioners from national and local community, educational, philanthropic, and governmental organizations to find mentors who role models who support them and their efforts and provide them with perspectives to help advance their work. Under the guidance of these mentors, Fellows complete a tuition free Connected Futures  an evidence-based short course trains students in cultivating networks of support.
  • Therapeutic Mentoring Certification In partnership with the UMB Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, Fellows  complete a  tuition-free, 16-hour online certificate course coordinated by the UMass Boston Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring develop a paraprofessional workforce that can bridge the gap in mental health care in marginalized communities.



UMass Boston Social Justice Case Study Competition

UMass Boston’s first Social Justice Case Study Competition is underway, and the writing competition application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Participants have a chance to compete for a first-place prize of $1,000 and more within each sub-competition

New MBK Matches!

Thank you all for your interest, support, hard work and patience as we launch this amazing MBK program- It’s finally here! Please see the email from CoCo ( for the final list for ALL the AWESOME MBK matches, as well as next steps!!

MBK/UMB Fellows

Emmanuel Appiahkubi
Emmanuel Appiahkubi

Learn more about Emmanuel Appiahkubi

Emmanuel Appiahkubi is a Ghanaian born college student at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He moved to the United States in Worcester Massachusetts with his family where he was raised when he was 5 years old. He speaks English and a dialect of Ghana’s native language Twi. Emmanuel’s biggest inspiration are his parents, who push him to work hard every day. To quote him “I have to work hard now, so that they [Emmanuel’s parents] can retire early.” Apart from his diligence and dedication to higher education, Emmanuel plays  volleyball, is an experienced canoer and enjoys riding the “Onewheel”

Emmanuel is the current UMass Boston My Brothers’ Keeper secretary and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. A project he is proud of was his involvement in the High School Health Careers Program Health Disparities Project where he presented the “Prevalence of Hypertension in African Americans Compared to the General Population in Massachusetts.” The purpose of his presentation was to “spread awareness and inform African Americans and others of the risks and solutions pertaining to hypertension.” As of late Emmanuel is essential to the UMass Memorial Medical Center team and is CPR & First Aid Certified, Automatic External Defibrillator Certified (AED), Dementia Care Certified, Therapeutic Mentorship Certified and a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Emmanuel
continues to inspire us and we are proud to have him involved in My Brothers Keeper at University of Massachusetts Boston!

Abdullah Becket
Abdullah Becket

Learn more about Abdullah Becket

University of Massachusetts Boston My Brother’s Keeper honors Abdullah Becket! Abdullah is an African American Muslim student and is the first in his family to attend a four-year institution. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a Major of Exercise Health Science and a Minor in Arabic studies. Abdullah also plans to also pursue a doctorate in physical therapy!

While Abdullah is on the board for Diversity and cultural inclusion for Boston public schools, he is also the Vice President of the UMass Boston National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. (NAACP). Abdullah said “With my work in the NAACP, I use my platform to raise awareness to my community about racial equality and discrimination practices. I love to give back and help support people, especially children and teens.” Abdullah is one of the many young men in our MBK program pushing for young black and brown excellence within our community!

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