The African-American Leadership Institute seeks to assist Black boys in developing dreams that can transform themselves and communities. We believe saving Black boys lives requires loving mentorship from elders, adults, and skilled professionals in the Black community and Pittsburgh community at large. The African-American Leadership Institute believes that this mentorship has to be targeted with three life contexts: life purpose, life mission, and life-work.
First life context seeks to assist the student in developing a life purpose. The development of a life purpose requires students engage in an autobiographical reflection process to understand the following: who they were, who they are, and who they want to be. Reflecting on the aforementioned questions allows students to identify their talents and construct a communal and individual dream. In the second life context, students will begin to develop a plan for their life. The development of a life plan requires the African-American Institute provide students with educative experiences in that allows participation to pursue career fields of their choice and other information that will enrich their career interests.
The desired outcome is for students envision what life would be like within the career field. In the last life context, life-work, students will participate in job shadowing exercises and service learning activities. These activities will provide students with the chance to understand requirements of their career fields and how they can enact societal change through their career field. The African-American Leadership Institute will provide students with the aforementioned activities through weekly workshops, conferences, servant leader activities.
Mission of African American Leadership Institute
The major mission of the African American Leadership Institute is to reclaim, and restore and transform Black male leadership in targeted neighborhoods within the greater Pittsburgh region. This initiative has been designed with a deep understanding of the complexity, of race related issues, and an abundance of prior experience working with this region’s most vulnerable population.
Major Outcomes Anticipated from this Initiative
- Participating men and youth will develop protective factors that contribute to individual and community success
- The development of leadership prototypes in schools, communities, and other local groups that stem from the activities and outputs of the project
- Creation of the Institute will develop sustaining mechanisms to regenerate support the leadership of Black men and youth at local and indigenous levels
- Major outcomes of the retreat sessions included invaluable knowledge and information gained by participants and overall contribution towards leadership capacity building shared among participants
- The anticipated impact of the Commission on Black Youth Affairs will be:
ᴼ Youth engagement in the community, regional and national issues
ᴼ Offering of policy recommendations that are salient to the concerns of youth
ᴼ Overall cost savings in selected programs as policies are implemented; and
- The overall impact is an improved working relationship between black leaders youth, and residents with major institutions of this region formal organizations of government and public service
The Major Components:
- Establishment of a Black Council of Elders
- Targeted Youth Recruitment
- Teaching, Training and Mentorship
- Youth Retreat Conferences
- Establishment of a Commission on Black Youth Affairs
- Integration Function by the Black Council of Elders