Sixth-annual African-American Male Achievement Conference will be a day of learning, inspiration for high school students

The sixth-annual African-American Male Achievement Conference will be a day of inspiration, learning, sharing and caring for our male students in ninth through 12 grades.

The conference, offered virtually this year, will focus on school achievement, graduation, college, choices, careers and becoming a positive young man in the community and world. The theme is “Challenges, Choices, and Change.”

The conference is planned for 9 a.m. through 11:30 p.m. March 28. While offered virtually, there are times for localized breakout sessions.

The event is a collaboration between Urban League of Western Michigan, Grand Rapids Public Schools, GRCC, Grand Valley State University, and the City of Grand Rapids.

Organizers aim to convene more than 1,000 African-American young men from West Michigan secondary schools and engage them in workshops and other activities in which they will be affirmed, dared to dream about their futures, and reminded of their potential greatness.

Offering the conference virtually prevents the participants from being together in one space, but does allow each site to tailor the conference to its unique needs.

Registration is available at a link here. Questions about the event can be answered by Parris McMurray at and Rhondo Cooper at

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