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First Thursday Mentor Luncheons

 First Thursdays Mentor Luncheons Flowchart.

Reference our "YES" Flowchart if you are interested in conversing with the BLMA team about implementing the First Thursdays Mentor Luncheons at your school. Contact our Planning Assistant David Emmanuelle Castillo - - once you have your two additional contacts.

Group photo of mentors and mentees from our 1st Thursdays Mentor Luncheon kickoff event at the Fiserv Forum.Our department is looking for Black & Latino males to participate as mentors. This year we will be serving Bradley Tech, Milwaukee School of Languages, North Division, Riverside, South Division, Vincent, and Washington high schools. Interested in becoming a mentor, click on MPS Volunteer Application and on First Thursdays Mentoring Registration Form in the column titled "Learn More" on the right side of this page. Indicate you will be working with BLMA and know this will be processed as soon as possible.

The BLMA 1st Thursday Mentor Luncheons are designed to offer open dialogue to lead conversations between our mentors and mentees for our luncheon sessions. The flow of our luncheons consist of:

  • Opening self-care activity that incorporates mindfulness and journaling.
  • Questions for the mentoring luncheon derived from our 12 Guiding Principles.
  • "Breaking Bread" component, where our mentors and mentees engage in a combination of formal and informal dialogue.

According to Bernadette Sanchez, PhD in Community Prevention Research, both formal and informal mentoring:

  • Lessens the negative effects of racial discrimination by promoting Black & Latino boys' racial identity, leading to positive effects in various aspects of their lives.
  • Benefits Black & Latino boys in a range of areas; including academicssocial-emotional well-beingmental health, and the prevention of risky behaviors, through group processes.


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Jeremiah Jackson, Jr.


Paul Moga

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Nate Deans

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David Emmanuelle Castillo

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