EAST FLATBUSH - A school in East Flatbush is among the first in the city to accept President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" community challenge.

The president challenged community leaders across the country to create better opportunities for young boys and men of color. The Meyer Levin School of Performing Arts plans to improve the educational outcomes of African-American and Latino boys.

The school's principal, Frederick A. Underwood, developed the program that also aims to provide positive role models for young men of color.

"It's an endemic problem of keeping our black men off the streets," says Underwood. "Give them some positive role models, give them positive support so that they can also see themselves as civic-minded."

The school is among the first in the city to accept the president's challenge.