Teen boys mark first year of My Brother’s Keeper

About 30 teen boys wearing crisp white, button-down shirts tucked into jeans or dress pants stood shoulder to shoulder.

Then it began: Men stood face to face with the youngsters as they tied the boys’ neckties.

“This is symbolic of you being tied to greatness,” Phil Andrews, president of the Long Island African-American Chamber of Commerce, told them in front of a crowd attending a Youth Empowerment Breakfast at the Brentwood Union Free School District headquarters Saturday.

The event marked about 40 ninth-grade boys completing the district’s first year of My Brother’s Keeper, a program launched in October to increase academic and social outcomes for male students through mentorship, leadership…

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