All boys and men of color are invited to the My Brother’s Keeper neighborhood summit on Saturday, September 12 to learn about services and resources meant to help improve health and wealth.
The event – hosted by Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II and Mayor Tom Barrett – will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday (September 12) at North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St. The summit is free and open to the public.
Alderman Stamper is hopeful that area residents will attend and receive help with key life management issues, including child support, driver’s license recovery, job training and employment, health information and screenings, and expungement counseling. “The summit is also about empowering our youth and providing the resources and motivation necessary to be successful in the working world.”
“Residents in many areas of Milwaukee are underserved when it comes to counseling, job opportunities, and health and wellness information that can be beneficial and life-changing,” Alderman Stamper said. “I invite residents to come to the My Brother’s Keeper event Saturday to engage with us and work toward improving the quality of life in their home and in the area as a whole.”
Alderman Stamper extends his sincere thanks to those individuals and organizations working to make Saturday’s summit a success, including My Brother’s Keeper, Larry Sanders, Ray Nitti, MPS and participating employers.
Saturday’s event is one of a series of MBK summits planned in designated Promise Zones around the city. Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Stamper, and other Council members created the Milwaukee Promise Initiative to foster effective and productive collaboration among agencies of City government and the development of place-based and data-driven community and economic development strategies in four Promise Zones (download map). In these areas combined, more than 45 percent of households have annual incomes of less than $25,000 compared to 36% citywide and 22% statewide. In some parts, more than 56 percent of the total population and more than 71 percent of children live in poverty. According to the 2010 Census, only 44.7 percent of the Milwaukee metro area’s working-age black males between the ages of 16-64 were employed in 2010, and many reside in the four “Promise Zones.
The summit is sponsored by the City of Milwaukee, My Brother’s Keeper, the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, and the Black Male Achievement Advisory Council.
Partners include the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Milwaukee County Child Support Services, The Center for Driver’s License Recovery-Clean Slate, and the Wake Up Program.