Milwaukee, WI (October 10, 2014)—With the national spotlight on Milwaukee for ranking among the worst in the nation in unemployment, health disparities, incarceration rates, and low educational outcomes for minority males, the first annual Boys and Men of Color Week, which will align with President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, will aim to lay the groundwork for action and community investment.
The first of its kind in the nation, Milwaukee’s Boys and Men of Color Week will take place October 27 through November 1, and will have a heavy focus on leadership, funding, capacity building, fatherhood and male engagement. This powerful, weeklong series of events will focus on improving outcomes for minority males and is the only event of its kind to unite funders, community leaders and policy makers to collectively explore this critical cause.
The week will kick off Monday, October 27 with an awareness event at UW-Milwaukee presented by the UWM African American Males Initiative followed by a Community Day of Dialogue social media conversation on Tuesday, October 28.
On Wednesday, October 29th a Leadership Symposium, hosted by the Burke Foundation and United Way of Greater Milwaukee, will feature keynote speaker Shawn Dove. Dove—President/CEO of the Open Society Foundations supported Campaign for Black Male Achievement—is well recognized for his significant contributions to the global philanthropic community and the White House on this issue. This is an invitation-only event that will include many of Milwaukee’s key political, non-profit and funding leaders.
On Thursday October 30, The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will host Building Opportunity for Boys & Men of Color, a day-long event with workshops and speakers, including keynote speaker Eric Grimes of the Institute for Black Male Achievement, that will provide nonprofits and potential contributors with the information and resources needed to be most impactful. This event is open to the public and registration is required online at www.npcmilwaukee.org/2014-conference.html
The week will conclude with the 9th Annual Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit. Hosted by the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, this annual summit provides workshops geared towards various personal and parenting issues, including child support, debt reduction, credit counseling, education and more.
Boys and Men of Color Week is presented by a team of collaborators including United Way of Greater Milwaukee, the Burke Foundation, Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, the City of Milwaukee, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, Center for Youth Engagement, P3 Development Group and UW-Milwaukee.
Milwaukee’s Boys and Men of Color Week will work to advance a shared vision – a Milwaukee where boys and men of color are healthy, productive and empowered to live their lives to the fullest potential. For more information, please visit BMOC’s website: http://www.bmocmilwaukee.org.