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At a time when Republicans on Capitol Hill are cutting social programs and blocking most of the president’s legislative agenda, Obama is circumventing Congress to help improve the quality of life for young men who look like him.

Obama has already created “My Brother’s Keeper,” – a national initiative designed to empower Black boys and young men of color through mentorship programs, education initiatives, and millions of dollars in corporate pledges.

But this week, for Obama, it was about 15 young males who were embraced and inspired by a Black president.

“This has been a great, mutual learning relationship between me and these outstanding young people,” Obama said.

The young men have participated in a number of activities over the past year, ranging from résumé workshops in the Roosevelt Room to pick-up basketball games with the president on the White House basketball court.

This extraordinary White House experience could be a game changer for these young men of color. Imagine the possibilities.

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