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Black Male Leadership Development Institute recognizes young leaders

Monday, July 11, 2016

Black Male Leadership Development Institute held its annual Rights of Passage and Recognition Ceremony at the August Wilson Center.

The Institute brings African American boys, in grades 9 through 12, together to participate in a year-long program designed to increase educational and leadership opportunities, expose them to a challenging curriculum and a rich set of activities that enhance their self-awareness and world view. The celebration included family and community members and a special keynote address by Dr. Christopher Howard, the new President of Robert Morris University.

BMLDI, which is co-sponsored by Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University is in its eighth year. The Institute began with a week-long residential program on the RMU campus. Staffed by a faculty consisting of mostly African American leaders from the region and beyond whose diverse backgrounds span the range from the pulpit to the boardroom, these sessions are designed to inspire and motivate the participants as well as to provide a venue for adult male role models to share their stories.

The week-long program was followed by The BMLDI Saturday Institute which is an ongoing year round series of activities and workshops on leadership development, community service, advocacy, college and career preparation, networking, presentation skills, character education and more. The institute engaged participants in ongoing programming throughout the school year with the help of grants from the Heinz Endowments and Buhl Foundation.

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