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‚ÄčDir. of Black Male Achievement Director of Black Male Achievement – Michael Walker
Michael Walker brings a career focus on youth development and assisting black youth to achieve success. He earned his undergraduate degree in physical education from Southwest Minnesota State University and his master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls as well as his administrative license from St. Cloud State. From 1998 to 2006, Walker served as community outreach, program and youth development director at the YMCA of Minneapolis and Greater St. Paul, where he developed programs for social, academic, athletic and employment skills for youth and served as the coordinator of the Black Achievers program. Walker worked as a career and college center coordinator for AchieveMpls at Roosevelt High School (2006-2009) before serving Minneapolis Public Schools as Roosevelt’s dean of students from 2009 to 2011 and assistant principal from 2011 to 2014. He is the inaugural director for the Office of Black Male Student Achievement, where his sole responsibility is changing outcomes for Black Males who attend Minneapolis Public Schools. Walker is a product of Minneapolis Public Schools.
   
default Classroom Coach – Richard Magembe
Richard Magembe joined the Office of Black Male Student Achievement (OBSA) in August 2016. He has been an employee of MPS since 2012, formerly serving as a school support program assistant at Stadium View School. In his new role as a life coach, Richard will assist the OBMSA in their mission to close the achievement gap between Black male students and their peers. 

Prior to his employment with MPS, Richard received his undergraduate degree in social work from St. Cloud State University and his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Argosy University. In 2009 he started his career in education serving as a teaching assistant at Hancock Elementary School in the St. Paul Public Schools District. After providing two years of service to Hancock Elementary, Richard served as an educational assistant at St. Paul’s Johnson High School during the 2011-2012 school year.      
default Classroom Coach   Jamil Jackson
Jamil Jackson is a community expert classroom coach for the OBSA. He is also executive director of C.E.O (Change Equals Opportunity) a life skills mentoring program for males of color ages 12-25, assisting in the areas of college, career and cultural exposure. As the executive director of Run and Shoot EBL (Elite Basketball League), he uses sports as a way to build authentic relationships with young Kings of the community, help assist with college recruitment/placement, and bring together both youth and adult males to fellowship and learn from each other about what “Being a Man of Character is”.

Jamil was raised and resides in north Minneapolis where he coaches youth sports at Farview Park. He is an active board member for the Farview Area Community Council,  TakeAction MN, and Core Team Member for J4A (Justice For ALL) working to reform our criminal justice system and build relationships with incarcerated men to help assist their transition back into our community.