Katie MoriartyMar 2, 2016, 6:52 pm

Students visit Old Westbury College lab to receive a lesson on the importance of STEM

The event celebrates second anniversary of President Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative

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More than 150 high school students from Long Island and New York City spent the day participating in discussions that gave them a firsthand look at the world of STEM.

In an effort to address opportunity gaps faced by young men of color, the event encouraged students to continue their education while also celebrating the second anniversary of the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

"My Brother's Keeper" focuses on giving children a healthy start on reading, graduating high school, and completing post-secondary education.

"This is about you. What we really want you to do is continue your education in the STEM field," College President Calvin O. Butts III explained to students during the discussion.

With more than a half-million job openings in technology, science and engineering, the Obama administration wants to ensure that all youth have access to these jobs, and opportunities in the future.

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