Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 9/11/2018 - 6:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 1. Report with Possible Action on MKE Fellows Partnership
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Policy: BG 1.01 - Vision and Mission
File Attachment:
MKE Fellows Presentation.pdf
Background: The MKE Fellows initiative was created to encourage young men from Milwaukee to complete their college education & return home as successful professionals. The initiative was originally created in 2012, when a group of local black business partners and several other funders created a partnership with Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia to support 10 students (seven being MPS graduates). The group raised nearly $900,000 to provide $25,000 in scholarship dollars to those 10 Morehouse College students.
MKE Fellows envisions a healthier and more economically prosperous African American community that is better positioned to support the economic growth of Wisconsin. The primary goal of MKE Fellows is to create a strong pipeline of young, African American male college graduates ready to return to Milwaukee and other parts of the state to excel in their careers, build wealth, and become engaged leaders. MKE Fellows seeks to groom a group of young men who are not only well-educated, but who provide values-based leadership that will be emulated by others. MKE Fellows works in close partnership with leaders of universities and local corporations to provide Fellows with the
internships, support, connections, and resources they need to thrive in college and graduate prepared for the professional world. The program incorporates the following elements to build a platform for transformative leadership: summer internships, leadership and professional development, mentorship, social support and networking opportunities and scholarships (merit-based and emergency funds area also available).
In August 2017, MKE Fellows wanted to expand its relationship with MPS and started accepting MKE Fellows during their senior year in high school. On August 29, 2017, nearly 70 Black and Latino male MPS students participated in an informational meeting regarding MKE Fellows at Cardinal Stritch University. Students had an opportunity to meet MPS and MKE Fellows alumni who talked about what the program meant for them.
Currently the MKE Fellows has 79 participants, and 21 of them are MPS graduates. Each of the Fellows participate in professional development trainings, social events, and mentor dinners and events.
MKE Fellows currently has 44 members as part of their MKE Fellows alumni group. Approximately 30% of those young men are MPS graduates.
This summer, MPS hosted six MKE Fellows in various internships throughout the district. Over the past three summers, MPS has hosted 13 total MKE Fellows in internship opportunities in the district.
Fiscal Impact Statement:
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
LaNelle Ramey - Director
Signed By:
Katrice Cotton, Ed.D. - Chief School Administration Officer
Signed By:
Rosana Mateo, Ph.D. - Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent