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Black Male Achievement

Seeking Volunteers

It is that time of year for the 2024 BLACK MALE YOUTH SUMMIT, which will be held on Wednesday, March 20 (Middle Schools) and Thursday, March 21 (High Schools).  The event will be held in the UWM Lubar College of Business from 8:30 am until 1:00 pm.  

The Summit on Black Male Youth, held on UW-Milwaukee's campus, serves as a meeting place for men of color who are students, K-12 educators, administrators and their parent/guardians in the Metro Milwaukee area and surrounding communities. It fosters discussion of issues and finding solutions to challenges faced by the young men in their academic and personal lives.

Please register below if you are available to assist with being a greeter, registration, sessions supporter, lunch, etc.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact [email protected] or (414) 229-3704.


Background: The African American Male Initiative (AAMI) began in 2012 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The AAMI is a consortium of campus and community partners who provide a pathway of support to Black male students in middle and high schools. The overall goal is to complete high school, enter post-secondary education, and identify career possibilities through mentoring and career readiness workshops. Key AAMI partners include The City of Milwaukee’s Black Male Achievement Initiative, Milwaukee Public Schools Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement (BLMA) and the Milwaukee Boys and Men of Color Initiative.

The AAMI started its work by gathering over 100 African-American males, between the ages of 12-16, to listen to their stories about their desire to make life in Milwaukee better. From that conversation, the idea of a Summit on Black Male Youth was identified to be the next step to continue the dialogue, and to channel the students’ creative energies toward degree/certificate completion and career choices.

During the Summit students participate in workshops such as The Evolution of the African American Male, The Effects of Continuous Trauma, First Generation Go to College Now, Money Matters, Black Men in Science and Medicine, Setting Goals for the Future, ABCs of College Admission, Life After High School – Post High-School Reality and Becoming a Young Black Male. We encourage volunteer guests from the community to support the work being done by the program planning team and the school staff (teachers, guidance counselors, para professionals, etc.)

Welcome to BMA

The City of Milwaukee Black Male Achievement (BMA) Initiative was created to address the multitude of challenges that place young Black boys and men of color across our city at a significant educational, economic and social disadvantage, especially compared to others around the state and country. It led to the creation of the City of Milwaukee Black Male Achievement Advisory Council (BMAAC) by City ordinance.

The BMAAC is comprised of various levels of government, business, faith-based, education, philanthropic, and other community leaders. It is empowered by City ordinance to mobilize the community to create and advance a common black and minority male achievement policy agenda, provide for a funding apparatus and align local efforts using common measures of success. Since 2014, the City’s Common Council has allocated funding to support various initiatives that concentrate efforts on improving education, employment, family, health and public safety outcomes.

The City of Milwaukee’s My Brother’s Keeper Action (MBK) Plan is an outcome of the BMAAC. It is a direct response to President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge and frames much of the work of the BMAAC. View more detailed information about MBK. 

To receive future BMAAC meeting notices, please send an e-mail request to: [email protected]

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