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Our Foundational Principles

BLMA 12 Guiding Principles_EnglishDuring the 2017-2018 school year, the Department of Black & Latino Male Achievement conducted semi-structured student group interviews with Black and Latino male students at over twenty MPS middle and high schools. This helped the BLMA team capture the voice of over 1,000 Black and Latino male students on questions about academic engagement & support, MPS' reputation, and manhood.

The question pertaining to manhood asked, "As a Young Man of Color in Milwaukee, what are the lessons about manhood that you feel would help you succeed?" Students responses to this question are captured within our 12 Guiding Principles. These principles serve as the foundation for our Manhood Development Academy, elective, credit course, and as discussion themes for our 1st Thursday Mentor Luncheon program.

Our department overhauled our protocol for the 2018-19 school year by:

  • Developing two sets of interview questions. One set was geared towards middle school and high school whereas the second set was for elementary. Special thanks to the staff from Clemens for supporting us with the latter. 
  • Having questions address areas of Ambitious Instruction, Culture & Climate, and Peer Relations.
  • Operationally defining codes within the coding glossary to ensure consistent accuracy with coding.
  • Publishing a formal report of our findings, which can be found under the "Learn More" tab on the right side of this page. Know the 2018-19 SSSGI Report will direct you to a one-pager that is a Hyperlinked Table of Contents. The BLMA team decided to do this given the length of the report, thus giving our reader the ability to pick and chose what parts they would like to read at their leisure.

12 Guiding Principles

Our department believes the 12 Guiding Principles will facilitate the development of our boys as confident, successful, strong leaders for the Milwaukee community and beyond.

  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 responsiblity.
  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 fatherliness, sexual education, and responsibility.
  6. Financial Literacy: Fostering economic understanding and entrepreneurship.
  7. Historical Understanding: Challenging white supremacist structures, inequity, and traditional narratives with accurate Pan-African & Latinx 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 with women, men who are gender noncoforming, 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": Confonting ethnic stereotypes and toxic masculinity, including homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and sexism.

12 Principios de Guía

  1. Éxito académico: Aprender y crear conocimiento junto a otros, con expectativas elevadas, con una visión culturalmente sensible que promueva un deseo fuerte y mutuo de logro educativo y excelencia.
  2. Hermandad: Hacer énfasis en el trabajo conjunto, en el que los hombres negros y latinos puedan de manera noble, estratégica y colectiva triunfar sobre el racismo estructural a través de formación y alianza.
  3. Comunidad: Celebrar las tradiciones de la cultura negra e hispana sobre cooperación, justicia, protección y apoyo, reconociendo públicamente los logros de servicio y responsabilidad.
  4. Dignidad cultural: Validar nuestra humanidad mientras se promueve la autoestima e identidad, incluyendo conciencia y orgullo lingüístico.
  5. Paternidad: Abogar sobre "la urgencia de este momento" de paternidad de hombres negros y latinos, educción sexual y responsabilidad.
  6. Instrucción financiera: Promover instrucción económica y empresariado.
  7. Comprensión histórica: Retar las estructuras de la supremacía blanca, la inequidad y la narrativa tradicional con marcos históricos precisos Panafricanos y Latinx.
  8. Desarrollo de liderazgo: Cultivar valores y toma de decisiones que reflejen je forma positiva nuestras propias imágenes, intereses, autodeterminación y palabras.
  9. Amor: Forjar relaciones mutuamente saludables, incluyendo relaciones con mujeres, hombres no conformes con el género y personas que se identifican como LGBTQ, a la vez de tratar de resolver problemas y reducir los prejuicios.
  10. Cuidado personal: Promover la salud física, comprensión y manejo emocional, atención y prácticas reparadoras.
  11. Comprensión sociopolítica: Entender la educación política y justicia social y cómo los hechos actuales afecta la posición del hombre negro o latino en una hegemonía tradicionalmente compuesta de hombres blancos.
  12. Entender la "masculinidad": Confrontar los estereotipos étnicos y masculinidad tóxica, incluyendo homofobia, transfobia, misoginia y sexismo.
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