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Mentor lunches inspire Black and Latino youth

BLMA Mentor LunchThe Black & Latino Male Achievement (BLMA) Department in Milwaukee Public Schools kicked off its monthly mentoring program this week at the Fiserv Forum. Nearly 200 young men from five MPS high schools were in attendance along with dozens of volunteer mentors from around the community.

Black and Latino male students in MPS will have opportunities to enjoy lunch with Black and Latino male mentors throughout the school year to allow them to converse about topics and areas to help them succeed academically, socially and emotionally. Begun in fall, 2017, the First Thursday Mentor Luncheon program started with two sites and 60 students; this year, it will grow to five sites and nearly 200 students.

Conversations with young men have been rich and diverse, including topics such as:

  • Perspectives on authority and power, and appropriate and inappropriate use of both
  • Discussions on the importance of self-esteem and self-care for manhood
  • Employment and careers, and understanding how public school education is a starting point to an ongoing road to success.

BLMA Mentor LunchBLMA seeks mentors for this life-changing program. Interested mentors can contact BLMA at or 414-475-8631.

BLMA Mission

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.

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  • More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86+ 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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