LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville has been making progress on a challenge straight from President Obama.

It's one of 120 communities that accepted the "My Brother's Keeper Challenge" last year.

The goal is create a cradle to college and career strategy to help improve the lives of all young people, especially men of color.

It includes making sure children are ready for kindergarten, that everyone graduates from high school, and that youth who are out of school are employed.

"Good news is Louisville is among the leaders in country to accept this challenge with our response because it overlaps with the work we started about three years ago," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.

Programs put in place by the city, JCPS, Metro United Way and the Urban League are working to meet the goals.

The mayor urges businesses to take part in the Summer Works program to help 2,500 area youth find jobs this year.

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