Mayor Tom Barrett announced today that Grammy award-winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, activist and actor, David Banner, will be the keynote speaker for the 2018 Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative (MFI) Summit. David Banner’s personal story and accomplishments make him a suitable speaker to talk to young fathers about the importance of staying in their children’s lives.
“I am proud of the work that is going on in our community to improve the life outcomes of boys and men of color,” said Mayor Barrett. “Boys and men of color deserve safe and supportive communities where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunities. Events like the Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit and BMOC Week move us closer to achieving a Milwaukee where every boy and man of color can live life with a sense of dignity, purpose and limitless potential.”
The theme of this year’s 13th Annual Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit is: We Are Rising – Uplifting Our Community through Our Fathers.
The event will take place at Greater New Birth Church located on 8237 W. Silver Spring Drive on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 6 from 7:30 a.m. to Noon.
At this year’s summit, the MFI and its collaborative partners will connect an estimated 1,000 men to education, job training, employment, health, child support, driver’s license recovery, expungement and other resources. A Health and Job Fair is also being planned.
The Brewers Community Foundation is the presenting sponsor of this year’s Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit. “We continue to be proud supporters of the Fatherhood Initiative,” said Cecelia Gore, Executive Director. “The impact of this effort resonates with our fans, players and other supporters as we focus on health, education, recreation and basic needs.”
Other major event sponsors include: the City of Milwaukee, County of Milwaukee, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, Social Development Commission, Herb Kohl Philanthropies, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, Employ Milwaukee and Ross Innovative Employment Solutions.
The summit is being held in conjunction with Milwaukee Boys & Men of Color (BMOC) Week, a powerful series of events rooted in the belief that when given the opportunity to succeed, young men of color will thrive and elevate our community. BMOC Week will kick-off on Monday, October 1 at 8:00 a.m. at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), Room M605. Various activities are being planned including workshops on diversity in the workplace, the creative arts and more.
Conference admission is free and includes all workshops, resource materials, parking, and a light breakfast and lunch. Participants are encouraged to pre-register for the summit either onsite the day of the event or online at cr-sdc.org/2018-milwaukee-fatherhood-summit.