Dean Richards, Co-Director, BMLDI
Welcome to the official Internet home of the Black Male Leadership Development Institute (BMLDI). I am passionate about working with our future leaders to empower them with the tools and skills necessary in reaching their full potential and making the world a better place! BMLDI is a safe space wherein young African American men can embrace who they are, separate from pressures of the outside world. Through exposure to community leaders from all sectors of the work force, our youth will gain an enhanced understanding of their leadership styles and career opportunities with an ultimate goal of becoming better sons, students, and members of society. I acknowledge the privilege I have been given when entrusted with the lives of youth and vow to be a source of positive support and availability in times of need as our young men navigate this multi-faceted world.
The Black Male Leadership Development Institute (BMLDI) is a program that brings together 75 African American young men in grades 9 through 12 together in a year-long program. The program aims to increase educational and leadership opportunities for selected applicants. In addition, the institute cultivates high school age men by leveraging their existing competencies and expands them into a series of leadership skills that can have a real-world impact in their local communities. Furthermore, by creating a supportive and engaged learning environment and offering a stimulating curriculum, participants will acquire leadership skills that can help change their life outcomes.
BMLDI is co-sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University (RMU). The program year kicks off with a week-long residential program, located on the RMU Moon campus and occurring in June. Throughout the week students partake in seminars, workshops, panel discussions, and leadership exercises. Also, members listen to a myriad of keynote speakers on topics ranging from value clarification, identity formation, visioning, community engagement, networking, fatherhood, personal accountability and the media’s portrayal of African American manhood.
This community outreach initiative is made possible by donations from The Heinz Endowments and The Buhl Foundation.