BMLDI Application 2015 - 2016

The Black Male Leadership Development Institute (BMLDI) is a program which brings African American boys, in grades 9-12, together in a year-long program designed to increase educational and leadership opportunities for the selected participants. BMLDI allows African American young men to take the competencies that they already have and expand them into a repertoire of leadership skills that can have a practical impact in their local communities. By creating a supportive learning community and offering a challenging curriculum and rich set of activities that enhance their awareness of themselves and the world around them, they will acquire leadership skills that can help change the outcomes for African American men and boys in this region. .

BMLDI, which is co-sponsored by The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University, kicks off with a week long residential program on the RMU campus. The program will take place from Sunday, June 21, to Sunday, June 28, 2015 The theme for this year’s BMLDI Program is “Moving Forward by Reaching Back.”

Throughout the week participants partake in:

• Seminars focusing on Leadership for the African American Male
• Workshops concentrating on topics such as values clarification, identity formation, & visioning
• Panel discussions which will focus on community engagement, and networking
• Leadership exercises which include the media’s portrayal of African American manhood, fatherhood and personal accountability
• A community service day
• Dinner sessions with keynote speakers and community leaders in the Pittsburgh region


These sessions are staffed by a faculty consisting of mostly African American male leaders from the region and beyond whose diverse backgrounds span the range from the pulpit to the boardroom. The 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 evening hours consists of fun activities and entertainment to suit every taste.

The weeklong summer summit is followed by the monthly BMLDI Saturday Institute, which is an ongoing MANDATORY year round series of activities and workshops on leadership development, community service, advocacy, college and career preparation, networking, presentation skills, character education and more.

These activities will take place at the downtown RMU location one Saturday each month from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from August 2015 through May 2016. In addition, BMLDI hosts a Leadership Luncheon for participants featuring various leaders in Pittsburgh’s African American community. It is open to students and guests hailing from all schools districts in the greater Pittsburgh area. BMLDI is supported by grants from the Heinz Endowments, the Buhl Foundation, as well as the Roy A. Hunt Foundation.
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To be considered for this year’s program, please submit the following information:

• A completed application questionnaire

• Adequate School Attendance (report card)

• A copy of your cumulative report card (2.0 preferred GPA)

• A signed copy of the BMLDI 2015-16 Terms and Conditions

• Two references (not related) name and telephone number

• Serious interest in developing leadership skills


Please submit your application packet no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday June 11, 2015
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• COST: The BMLDI is FREE to students who are accepted. The cost for the Summer Summit has been underwritten through grants and generous in-kind donations – the dollar value of the summer experience is approximately $650 per student.

• ELIGIBILITY: The BMLDI is for African American male students who will be entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades as of August/September 2014. All applicants must be residents of the Greater Pittsburgh Region.


• TRANSPORTATION: Transportation to the Robert Morris University campus will be provided on Sunday June 21st from downtown. Check-in and registration will be held on June 21st from 5:00 PM-6:30 PM. Parents will need to provide transportation to downtown on the 21st as well as provide transportation home on the last day of camp from downtown during evening of June 28th. The BMLDI Summit is a 7 1/2 day residential camp only. Supervised overnight accommodations are provided on the campus of Robert Morris University.

• SELECTION CRITERIA: All applications will be reviewed by a nominating committee.
The following scoring criteria will be used:
o Completed application (10 points)
o A copy of applicant’s most recent report card displaying a “C” average or above, and good attendance (20 points)
o Questionnaire to evaluate commitment and attitude (30 points)
o Timely submission of application (5 points)
o Qualifying age and grade level (5 points)
o Two character references listed (not related to you) (30 points)


ATTENDANCE: Attendance is MANDATORY!!! Students enrolled in the BMLDI are expected to arrive on time, and required attend all sessions during the week-long summit, as well as the one-year program.


BEHAVIOR: The BMLDI is a safe environment where all will be respected. Rules and regulations have been established to keep camp activities fun and beneficial for everyone. The BMLDI, The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, and Robert Morris University has a Zero Tolerance Policy for bullying, use of drugs and alcohol, violence, threats of any kind, theft or any other disgruntled behavior. Any behavior that is unbecoming of the standards of BMLDI could result in permanent removal from the program. This decision is made at the discretion of the Program Coordinators, the Program Manager, and other BMLDI Staff members. Rules and regulations will be reviewed in their entirety during the mandatory orientation session.

Questions?? Please Contact

Norlex Belma
Program Coordinator, BMLDI
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
610 Wood Street – 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 412-227-4241
Fax: 412-227-4870
nbelma@ulpgh.org


Please submit your application no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 24, 2015.

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