Black Youth Achievement in Milwaukee
Milwaukee consistently remains one of the most segregated cities in the United States, largely stemming from historical redlining and systemic disinvestment. This legacy has contributed to inequities in health, education, and employment outcomes for neighborhoods with large Black populations. Black youth in particular often experience a lack of resources and opportunities.
This report explores the areas where Black youth are excelling despite systemic challenges. By looking beyond the available quantitative data, the report highlights stories of success from Milwaukee’s Black youth, as well as the mentors, teachers, parents, and other adults who work with them. By building on the successes, the insights, and strengths that emerge through these conversations, the Milwaukee community can more effectively champion a vision of equity, resulting in better health, education, and employment outcomes for Black youth.