For many young men from Chicago’s African American communities, there are countless roadblocks that stand between them and a high school diploma. In fact, only 41% of Black males in Chicago graduated from high school in the 2012-2013 school year.

However, every year there are several hundred students that demonstrate an astounding ability to succeed, despite the obstacles before them. With the Mass Black Male Graduation, we celebrate the accomplishments of these students, and assist them in their journey into adulthood.

The Mass Black Male Graduation is an opportunity for young graduates to celebrate their accomplishments and speak with successful black leaders in the community.

The 2016 Mass Black Male Graduation

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Featuring Keynote Speaker: George Wright, Community Development Midwest Director at Citi

This ceremony is designed to honor the graduates for their accomplishments and show them what is possible by introducing them to distinguished, successful individuals such as yourself. Before the ceremony, new graduates will have the opportunity to network and engage with leaders in the community, who will expose them to different models of success.

7 graduates earned a $250 scholarship and 3 were entered into a drawing for $100 prizes at this year’s Mass Black Male Graduation on June 25th. When asked to write a short essay about their plans to give back to the community, the young men spoke of starting businesses, creating job opportunities, founding crisis centers for youth, service work, and helping others reach their full potential.  

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