Over 200 DPS Students attend Black Male Initiative

Allen Smith addresses DPS students at the Black Male Initiative

Over 200 students from high schools across DPS gathered together on Nov. 27 to discuss their futures with Denver community leaders, college and career representatives, DPS leaders and local government figures. This is the third Black Male Initiative event that has taken place over the past year with the focus on providing critical college resources and career guidance to DPS students.

Mayor Micheal B. Hancock during his keynote. Photo from the City and County of Denver

“Growing up a young, Black boy in Denver, I can see myself in these kids. It’s my privilege to impart some of the nuggets of wisdom I’ve learned throughout my journey with these future leaders,” Mayor Hancock said following his keynote appearance at the program. “I applaud Denver Public Schools for working to lift up this group of young people, many of whom sometimes feel forgotten or left to fall through the cracks. DPS’ Black Male [Initiative] program is aligned with the values of our award-winning MBK Denver Initiative, and I applaud them for their efforts to help guide our boys and young men of color.”  Original quote from City and County of Denver, Mayor’s Office

We thank our community partners for their support in this initiative, including the Mayor’s Office, the Denver Office of Children Affairs, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative, and the Community College of Denver- which awarded $500 scholarships to each young man in attendance!

The district will also be hosting the African-American Young Ladies Summit on Dec. 12 at Shorter Community AME Church. For more information on college and career opportunities for students, visit