BY TORRE “TOE JOE” JOHNSON
“I AM BMAC!”
The Wisconsin Community Services (WCS) Black Male Advisory Council (BMAC) is a group of African American male employees at WCS who have come together to address issues surrounding the employment for Black men.
Every issue, no matter how minor it may seem to someone else, is addressed within this council. The council also focuses on WCS clients in general and the community as a whole.
BMAC not only talks about employment barriers, but works with others to remove them. BMAC was created after WCS Executive Director Holly Patzner and Associate Director Clarence Johnson and other WCS employees, including myself, attended a Boys and Men of Color seminar.
Recognizing the importance of this issue, the directors got together with staff of all colors to share the need for this council and the BMAC was born.
The day the council was created was one of the proudest moments I’ve had since being employed at WCS, and there have been many proud days at the organization over these last eight years.
So I must share with you some great upcoming events. The WCS/BMAC community jobs workshops begins Wednesday, August 3, from 10am to 12pm; and Wednesday, August 10 from 1 to 3pm.
This workshop is free and will cover the following topics: Resume building, mock interviewing, interviewing 101 and “dress for success.”
The workshop will help enhance career skills for the upcoming resource and job fair on Wednesday, August 31. This fair is designed to build community and add value by providing information about and for African American males. The fair will feature several local companies looking to hire individuals for various positions.
Pre-registration is required in order to participate. To pre-register, contact Vicki or Jessie at 414-290-0763. All events will be held at WCS, 3732 west Wisconsin Ave. I hope to see you there. Peace!
–Torre M. Johnson Sr.\President of XMEN UNITED