African American Emerging Leaders Institute

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KIMBERLY, Wis. (WFRV) – A recent national report ranks Wisconsin as the worst state in the country to raise and educate black children.

Now, local educators are trying to change that with a program called the African American Emerging Leaders Institute.

High school and college students of color gathered in Kimberly Thursday for leadership training activities. They also met with local employers looking to hire.

Organizers say it gives the students a chance to explore opportunities that could better their futures.

“It is so important because many of our kids being african american students are not getting the access they need to quality education and opportunities,” Bola Delano, a professor, st. Norbert College says.

“What an amazing opportunity for students of color to connect in the Fox Cities and get a chance to get to know each other while also getting leadership development which is really important.” said Brienne Solston, a student at Lawrence University.

Nearly 300 students took part in the all-day program.

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