The mission of Men of Tomorrow (MOT) is to prepare young African American and other minority males for successful transition from youth to adulthood by helping them develop awareness and skills based on economic, social, cultural and spiritual components.
The Men of Tomorrow Program is an innovative, comprehensive program, which was incorporated in May 1989 as a tax exempt non-profit charitable youth organization, designed to prepare young African American and other minority males for a successful transition from youth to adulthood by helping them develop awareness, by helping them develop awareness and skills based on economic, social, cultural and spiritual components.
- To provide a vehicle for total community involvement which addresses the needs of minority males ages 9-14 years initially and continued through high school.
- To provide supplemental educational experience/curriculum that is age and culturally appropriate.
- To foster a sense of belonging, accountability, responsibility, cultural pride, increased self-esteem, and respect of god, self and community.
- To provide a mechanism for adult males to become actively involved as mentors.
- To increase community awareness of the need and benefit of directions.
- To provide a vehicle for broad community involvement across all social-economic levels throughout greater Milwaukee
- To assist parents and the community in preparing our youth for their transition from youth for their transition from youth to adulthood.
MOT fosters a sense of belonging, accountability, responsibility, cultural price, self-esteem and respect of God, self and community. We stress academic excellence and decision-making skills. The program teaches leadership and makes its participants aware of and prepared for careers.
MOT participants are divided into age groups. Each group meets in session each Saturday morning throughout the school year as well as in an abbreviated summer program. In addition, MOTs participate in activities that include educational workshops, guest speakers, camping trips, community service projects and an annual field trip called “Tracing our Roots.” At the year end Annual Salute, MOTs are given an opportunity to demonstrate their learned skills at an annual year-end public presentation.
There are two basic levels to the program. Level One is termed “Discovery.” It includes:
- Community service
- Field trips
- Personal responsibility
- Brotherhood and self-reliance
- Peer pressure and peer relationships
- Decision making
- Culture and history
Level two, “Exploration and Specialization” includes:
- Leadership and career development
- Community involvement and service
- Peer mentorship
- Academic enrichment
- Self-esteem and self-confidence
- Spiritual awareness
- Peer relationships
- Financial responsibility
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