Objective - Benefits - Eligibility


The My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative was created in 2014 by President Barack Obama as the MBK task force at the federal level. The task force was an interagency effort focused on closing and eliminating the opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color so that all young people have the chance to reach their full potential.

The (TOC II) grant will support underrepresented individuals on their journey to diversify high need schools. Diversifying the workforce will improve the educational experiences for all P-12 scholars.

The SUNY Oswego School of Education was awarded a TOC II grant of $1.625 million to fund their TOC program. This grant will be used to support the continued efforts to recruit, prepare and graduate underrepresented teacher candidates to diversify the teaching workforce.

Financial Support

Every scholar receives $2,900 each year.  See the additional financial supports below.

Professional Support

  • Professional Development
  • Urban field placements/classroom experiences
  • NYS Teacher Certification Exam test preparation
  • SMART Goals
  • Networking Opportunities  
  • Resume Development 
  • Job Searching and Interview Skills
  • Mentoring
  • and more!

Academic Support

  • Advisement
  • Study group
  • Peer to peer tutoring
  • Monthly Cohort meetings 
  • Weekly goal setting
  • Use of iPad while in program
  • and more!

Social Support

  • Team projects to host student group from urban and high-need schools
  • Peer mentoring
  • TOC II Check-in Meetings
  • Monthly Cohort Meetings
  • Leadership training
  • Group trips/outings
  • Mentoring
  • and more!


To be eligible for TOC II, a student must be:

  • A resident of New York State;

  • African American/Black, American Indian and Alaskan Native (North, Central or South America), Asian (East, Southeast Asia or the Indian subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand and Vietnam), Hispanic/Latino (Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race), Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (Hawaii, Guam, Samoa or other Pacific Islands) (first priority) and/or be economically disadvantaged. The student is a member of a household where the total annual income of such household is equal to or less than 185 percent of the amount under the annual United States Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines for the applicant’s family size. (second priority);

  • Enrolled at least part-time in a registered teacher preparation program at the undergraduate level, or be in a masters program leading towards a teacher certification;

  • In academic good standing; and a graduate of a recognized high school or have a state-approved equivalency diploma. (If you are a graduate student, you must be a graduate from a regionally accredited college or university).

Ready to apply? We look forward to serving you!

MBK TOC II Brochure