July 11, 2017
Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Fatherhood is powerful. Whether he is a biological father, a step-father, or simply a role model, having a man to look up to is critical to young men as they navigate the complications of life and growing up.
United Way is proud to join in improving outcomes and changing the narrative for Boys & Men of Color. In Milwaukee and in communities around the country, young men of color are adversely affected by poverty, financial hardships, and educational challenges. As we hear in today’s conversation, much of that hardship is compounded by inadequate communication between these young men and the community around them.
Shannon Reed is Director of Innovative Strategies for Boys and Men of Color at United Way. Growing up in Milwaukee and raising two sons, Shannon is uniquely poised to guide the work around improving outcomes and changing the narrative for young men in our community. Many times, that work begins with a conversation.
Today, Shannon invites his son, Shannon Reed Jr., to join him in conversation about…a lot of things. Listen in to hear both men reflect on their relationship, growing up as a man of color in Milwaukee, and what they think can be done to make a difference.
Read Shannon’s reflection on Boys & Men of Color Week 2016
Interested in getting involved? Learn more about United Way’s Diversity Leadership Society and Volunteer Opportunities