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Launch week for Black and Latino Male Achievement Department

BLMA launch with students

Milwaukee Public Schools launched the new Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement. This department will work to specifically address the glaring disparities in academic and life outcomes for young men and boys of color and to implement programs that improve their lives. The new staff, district leaders and students met to discuss how this new effort will positively impact young men and boys of color, MPS and the city.

The department's launch was celebrated at Pulaski High School on Monday, October 2, 2017.Directors Lanelle Ramey and Dr. Juan Baez

Superintendent Darienne Driver, Board President Mark Sain, BLMA Directors Juan Baez and Lanelle Ramey, and students spoke about how this department will play an important role in improving the lives of young men and boys of color and why this is a great opportunity for city of Milwaukee. MPS was joined by the Bucks Entertainment Group, City Year, True Skool DJs and ProStart students serving food to help celebrate our young men and boys of color. 

After the news conference, students participated in a variety of interactive stations including:

  • Poetry workshop based on manhood development
  • True Skool printmaking
  • STEM activity led by Rockwell Automation
  • "Changing the narrative" conversation about the ways young men of color are often portrayed in the media and viewed in the community

About the Department of Black and Latino Male Achievement

Mission

Collaboratively create the systems, structures, and spaces that guarantee success for Black and Latino boys and young men in MPS. 

Vision

Black and Latino boys and young men will possess an affirmed sense of identity, dignity and self-confidence and will have the necessary tools to triumphantly navigate college, career and life.

Priority Strategies

  • Launch Manhood Development Academies
  • Improve School Design, Culture, and Climate
  • Promote Positive Narratives About Black and Latino Young Men
  • Connect with Local and National Initiatives
  • Recruit Black and Latino Male Teachers and Administrators
  • Develop BLMA Sustainability Plan and Dashboard

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About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
  • The MPS Class of 2017 earned $62+ million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to seven of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.

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