La Crosse Nonprofit, Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge, Hosting Fundraiser for Youth Programs – WIZM 92.3FM 1410AM


A local nonprofit, which is working to find ways to bring La Crosse’s black community together, will host a fundraiser on Saturday to help send middle and high school students on southern college tours and programming future of the organization.

Black leaders gain collective knowledge (BLACK) co-founder Shaundel Spivey summed up their Z93 mission.

He said the organization “aims to empower and uplift the black community in La Crosse by bringing innovative programming. We do things like black youth summits in partnership with the school district and our summer experience”

BLACK focuses on seven pillars that help drive community engagement, including financial literacy, youth engagement, family, spirituality, health/wellness, and education.

It also has another program, Ujima Circle, for high school students who work to learn social-emotional mentoring skills, working with elementary school students.

“It’s all rooted in providing space and networking opportunities for those who identify as this community,” Spivey said.

Of course, these programs need funding and that’s where Saturday’s Black and Gold party comes in.

BLACK’s co-founder Jazzma Holland told Z93 that the fundraiser “is a time for us as a community to come together to celebrate not only the seven years of Black being a nonprofit established profit, but also to help raise funds so that we can continue. the programming that we do in the city.

“We provide a lot of services and programs with our youth in La Crosse and so we want to continue to be able to provide those opportunities for youth as well as our black business owners, our black community as a whole. “

The fundraiser is a 21+ event that will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Court Above Main in downtown La Crosse. There will be silent auctions, music, entertainment, drinks and food served by Pogy’s.

Fewer than 40 tickets remain to attend Saturday night’s event. CLICK HERE to grab some while you still can and RSVP on Facebook HERE.

For more information on Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge, its role in the La Crosse community, and its seven pillars, please visit their website.

Organization is also a big part of the next La Crosse Juneteenth Celebrationteaming up with Enduring Families Project, Black Student Leaders, Hope Restores and others for a community event at Riverside Park on Saturday, June 18.

BLACK Jazzma Holland & Shaundel Spivey Co-Founders With Z93’s Brittany & Ballzer

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