Middle Passage to Education (MP2Ed) is a one-day culturally specific orientation to high school for Black students (African-American, Biracial, African, and Multiracial students with African Ancestry) and their parents.

MP2Ed Summit Event Poster

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BEAM and our village partners have united again to produce our 3rd annual Middle Passage to Education (MP2Ed) – Youth of Excellence Summit.

The event will engage students and their parents in a variety of sessions and interactive workshops where they will learn practical strategies for optimizing the high school experience through strategic planning and parental advocacy. Participants will learn how to make effective use of both school and community based resources. All MP2Ed activities are intended to give youth and their parents a platform to dialogue with and learn from Black professionals, high school, and college students regarding academics, personal decision-making and advocacy.

High school and college student mentors will be on hand to add a unique perspective on educational engagement, with an impact only possible through near-peer interactions. Ultimately, the Middle Passage to Education Summit is intended to foster a proactive approach to high school completion, such that parents and students feel ready to engage and thrive during the secondary school years.

In addition, BEAM will feature Khalid el-Hakim, former Detroit Public School teacher and current Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois. El-Hakim is the founder of, “The Black History 101 Mobile Museum.” This exhibit is a collection of over 5,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia that dates from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to Hip Hop Culture. The Mobile Museum is an opportunity for participants to develop an appreciation and understanding of the legacy of individuals and organizations whose voices have been written out of history.

Youth attending the MP2Ed summit will work hard, play hard, and be encouraged to accept nothing less than excellence from themselves.

Photos from our 2018 Event