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12 Guiding Principles

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  1. Academic Success—learning and co-constructing knowledge, with high expectations, from a culturally responsive mindset that fosters a strong, mutual desire for educational achievement and excellence
  2. Brotherhood—emphasizing the “village” concept, where Milwaukee’s Black and Latino men nobly, strategically, and collectively triumph over structural racism through mentorship and alliance
  3. Community—celebrating Black and Latino traditions of cooperation, justice, protection, and support; publicly recognizing achievements in service and responsibility
  4. Cultural Dignity—validating our humanity while promoting self-esteem and identity, including linguistic awareness and pride
  5. Fatherhood—advocating “the urgency of now” for Black and Latino parenthood, sexual education, responsibility, and promoting intergenerational communication. 
  6. Financial Literacy—fostering economic understanding, entrepreneurship, and generational wealth, to support and strengthen communities of color. 
  7. Historical Understanding—challenging white supremacist structures, inequity, and traditional narratives with accurate Pan-African and Latino historical frameworks
  8. Leadership Development—cultivating values and decision making that positively reflect our own images, interests, self-determination, and words
  9. Love—forging mutually healthy relationships, including relationships with women, men, individuals who are gender nonconforming, and people who identify as LGBTQ, while embracing conflict resolution and bias reduction. 
  10. Self-Care—promoting physical health, emotional awareness and management, mindfulness, and restorative practices
  11. Socio-Political Awareness—understanding political education and social justice, and how current events affect Black and Latino male positionality in a traditionally white male hegemony
  12. Understanding "Manhood"—confronting ethnic stereotypes and toxic masculinity, including homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and sexism

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