The activities that the Fellowship Open have supported have affected literally thousands of youngsters in Milwaukee in all aspects of their development, including the arts, technology, job skills, and job readiness. Each year a group of youngsters is invited to participate in the event and meet with the honorary chairs. In addition, a number of students are provided personal computers for their use and development.

The MKE Fellows has gained recognition as one of the most innovative youth empowerment initiatives in the country. The unique program design provides professional development and work experience to outstanding college students through internships, mentoring and vocational support. Initially launched at Morehouse College, MKE Fellows reach has broadened to over 30 educational institutions nationwide. Criteria for involvement specifies African-American males from the greater metropolitan Milwaukee area currently admitted to or enrolled in a college or university and in active pursuit of academic achievement through undergraduate degree completion.


MKE Fellows facilitates internships with Milwaukee’s leading companies, provides highly-acclaimed professional development through a diversity of Wisconsin’s top-flight professionals, and creates vocational awareness in a series of “Lunch & Learns”, educational exposures to career options with major companies throughout the state.

2020 Honorees

Historically the Fellowship Open has selected an individual to honor in the community who has a long history of working with youth and who has impeccable character and symbolizes the faces of the Fellowship Open.

Sidney Moncrief
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Dan Bader