In order to view these videos while on the MPS network, you will need to visit this link AND login to YouTube (using your MPS Google account) in order to have unrestricted YouTube access. This can be done by logging in near the top right corner of the YouTube landing page. If you have questions on accessing your MPS Google account, please contact Tech Support at 414-438-3400.
The Department of Black & Latino Male Achievement and Art Start continue their partnership to execute The 2019 Art Start Portrait Project. Students from the host schools - Bradley Tech High School and Sherman Multicultural Arts School - completed their first creative workshop. In alignment with BLMA's strategic priority of Positive Narrative Change Campaign: ReImagining Black & Latino Boys and Young Men, the project provides a platform rooted in self-determination so our youth can be free from a world of stereotype, and share how they want to be seen by the world.
The Mission of the Department of Black & Latino Male Achievement will collaboratively create the systems, structures, and spaces that guarantee success for all Black and Latino boys and young men in Milwaukee Public Schools.
BLMA Vision is that Black & 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.
DEPARTMENT PRIORITY STRATEGIES
Connect with local and national initiative to implement best practices for:
- #ChangeTheNarrative Campaign - Reimagining Black and Latino Boys and Men;
- Black and Latino Male Mentorship;
- Improve School Culture through Dignity, Equitable Practices, and Capacity Building;
- Manhood Development Academies;
- Recruit Black and Latino Male Teachers;
- Use School and District Data to Improve Academic and Life Outcomes.
DEPARTMENT KEY MESSAGES
- Black and Latino male students are assets to our schools and commnity.
- Black and Latino male students are not broken, the system is.
- BLMA is not a savior, but a partner in improving academic and life outcomes for Black and Latino male students.
- BLMA is a hub between work happening at the city, state, and national level.
- BLMA aims to collaborate with both internal external stakeholders.
MEET THE TEAM
LaNelle Ramey, Director, Black and Latino Male Achievement: An alumnus of Riverside University High School, Ramey most recently was Senior Director of programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Through his work, he regularly partnered with Milwaukee Public Schools and MPS Recreation. Ramey is a volunteer committee chair and mentor for MKE Fellows, an organization that supports Black male youth who are heading to college and returning to Milwaukee to work and live.
Paul Moga, Coordinator, Black and Latino Male Achievement: A proud MPS alumnus, Moga is a former English teacher and department chair for Riverside University High School. He most recently served as a Culturally Responsive Teacher Leader for MPS, providing professional development for teachers and administrators in culturally relevant, student-centered classroom practices, emphasizing increased student engagement and celebration of culture. He also served as a member of the district's Equity Commission.
David Emmanuelle Castillo, Planning Assistant, Black and Latino Male Achievement: A native of Los Angeles, CA, Castillo previously worked as a special education teacher at Milwaukee's Pulaski High School, where he also coordinated Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS). In addition, Castillo provided support in developing and leading the school's Freshmen Academy. He is currently enrolled at MSOE to obtain his MBA in Education Leadership so he can become a school principal one day.
Sergio Muñiz-Muñoz, Public Ally, Black and Latino Male Achievement: Muñiz-Muñoz migrated from Mexico to the South Side of Milwaukee as a child and has lived there since. He is a proud alumnus of Bradley Tech High School and has worked with notable community centers focused on empowering inner-city youth, including Milwaukee Christian Center, United Community Center and COA Youth & Family Centers. He founded Revolutionary Student Alliance (RSA) when he attended UWM, whose mission consisted of using Hip-Hop & urban cultural events to raise awareness and create action on social justice issues in the city. Currently, Muñiz-Muñoz is a fellow (2nd year) for Public Allies Milwaukee and seeks to pursue his MBA after his leadership service.