Summit on Black Male Youth draws hundreds to campus

Over 1,200 young men gathered at the UWM campus March 18 and 19 for the sixth annual Summit on Black Male Youth, designed for high school and middle school students. The turnout was the largest ever for the event.

This year’s theme, “Black Boys Thriving: Reimagining the Narrative,” was designed to expose young men to options and opportunities for their futures, according to Gary Williams, one of the organizers along with Jim Hill and Ramona Sledge. Williams is an associate professor of educational policy and community studies and director of the Institute for Intercultural Research.

Among this year’s presentations from campus and community mentors were sessions on Black Men in Science and Medicine, Setting Goals for the Future, ABCs of College Admission, Life After High School – Post High-School Reality, Money Matters and Living in Color.