7th Annual Summit on Black Male Youth

CANCELED – 7th Annual Summit on Black Male Youth

For the past year, the planning committee for the Summit has worked tirelessly and diligently to plan for this years’ Summit held here at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The committee members went above and beyond to search and select quality presenters who met the criteria to facilitate workshops that were challenging, engaging and interactive for our attendees. As the months went by, we became very were excited in the planning process as we moved forward to sharing the information with each of you in bringing your students to the Summit.

Many of you shared in your emails of how excited you and your students were to come to the Summit as this may have been the first time on the UWM campus for many of you. Some of you have attended the Summit since its inception in 2013.

It is very hard to deliver the difficult news that this year’s Summit has been canceled out of an abundance of caution related to the ongoing corona virus/COVID-19 situation. The University administration has determined that we cannot host the Summit on Black Male Youth next week on the UWM Campus on​ March 16 and 17, 2020.

I understand the hard work and planning on your part that it took for you as an educator to see this as great opportunity for your African American male students to attend the Summit. It is my hope that I will have your support for the Summit in 2021. Your information will be added to the list-serve as information becomes available for next year’s summit.

On behalf of the planning committee for the Summit on Black Male Youth, we apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause.

Thank you for your loyalty and support.

Black Boys Thriving: Reimagining the Narrative

The UWM African American Male Initiative is hosting the 7th Annual Summit on Black Male Youth, March 16th & 17th, 2020 at the UW-Milwaukee Student Union.

Monday, March 16th: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm (reserved for middle school students)
Tuesday, March 17th: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm (reserved for high school students)

Our planning committee is working hard to develop the workshop and dynamic speaking sessions for the seventh annual summit, to provide attendees with a two-day experience they will take back to their schools and share with their classmates and colleagues.

The African American Male Initiative appreciates the overwhelming support it has received from schools in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois over the past six years and we are looking forward to seeing your school in March 2020.

For questions about the 2020 Summit on Black Male Youth, please contact Ms. Ramona Sledge at rms2@uwm.edu.

Schedule & Agendas

Visit the 2020 Summit Schedule & Agendas webpage to see the daily schedule and view middle & high school track agendas for the 7th Annual Summit on Black Male Youth.


The Pre-Registration period has ended. The registration form will be shared with schools that pre-registered on Friday, February 14th .

Chaperones are mandatory and we ask that schools have a ratio of 1 chaperone for every 12 students (1:12). Schools are responsible for transportation to and from the summit and lunch will be provided. New this year is the addition of a Community Resource Fair.

Call for Proposals

The UW-Milwaukee African American Male Initiative invites you to submit a proposal for the 7th Annual Summit on Black Male Youth. We are seeking interactive and engaging workshop presenters to share effective, evidence-based practices for Black male youth to assist us in upholding the promise of our mission.

Submit your Workshop Proposal

About the Summit on Black Male Youth

The Summit is hosted by the UWM African American Male Initiative (AAMI) and is held on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. It attracts students from southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Attendees include educators, administrators, parents, community-based organizations, government officials and others interested in the promotion and success of black male youth. The Summit fosters personal and professional development for all involved through reflection and dialogue.

Learn more about the Summit on Black Male Youth.

Summit on Black Male Youth is Absolutely Free

No cost is associated with your registration, attendance or participation.

Our Sponsors

The Summit on Black Male Youth is made possible thanks to generous support from our sponsors.

Bader Philanthropies

City of Milwaukee – Community Block Grant

City of Milwaukee – Office of Violence Prevention

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Milwaukee County Office of African American Affairs

Social Development Commission

UW Credit Union

Wells Fargo