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Black Male Leadership Luncheon Promotes Financial Literacy

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Pittsburgh -- The Black Male Leadership Development Institute (BMLDI) will hold its Annual Leadership Luncheon at the August Wilson Center, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at noon. 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 challenging curriculum and a rich set of activities that enhance their self-awareness and world view. The celebration will include African American community leaders and a special keynote address on Financial Literacy by Robert J. Wilson, Vice President of Blazer Capital Management, LLC.

BMLDI, which is co-sponsored by Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University, is in its sixth year, and this is the second year for year-round activities. The institute began with a week-long summer 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 men role models to share their stories. 

The week-long program is 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 an increased grant from the Heinz Endowments and Buhl Foundation.

Black Male Leadership Development Institute is a non-profit program that operates entirely on grants and donations. For more information on the program or how to donate, contact: Sabrina Saunders, Director of Education and Youth Development at 412-227-4215.

About the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh was founded in 1918 with the shared National Urban League mission of enabling African-Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power, and civil rights.  The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh focuses on serving African-American constituents and other minorities, but no one is ever turned away.  Last fiscal year, the affiliate served over 20,000 individuals in Pittsburgh and the surrounding counties.  As the largest comprehensive social service/civil rights organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh provides services in the areas of education, health advocacy, housing, early childhood and youth development, hunger services, employment and career training and counseling, and economic empowerment. 

About Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.