Ahmad Kweku Qawi has been with the Racine Family YMCA for over ten years, first as a leader of the Youth Leaders Academy and now as its Chief Operating Officer.

Qawi is committed to helping young people – especially African American boys and young men – reach their full potential by providing educational opportunities and mentor partnerships with adults who serve as positive role models when there might not otherwise be any in the young men’s lives.

Originally from North Chicago, IL, Qawi is raising money for a Manhood Development Camp in his hometown and he has set up a gofundme.com campaign to raise the $1,000 needed for supplies and breakfast and lunch for participants and volunteers. He only needs $330 to meet his goal.

“Our young men experience an achievement  gap that limits their chances of reaching their full potential in the
marketplace and over time has an immediate impact on the African-American community as a whole. Our young men also face so many obstacles and setbacks in their respective communities as a result of crime, gangs and violence,” the page reads. “The  camp  will  surround  them  with  positive  African-American Adult males that will be able to share their stories and experiences.”

Qawi hopes to bring the Camp to Racine in the coming weeks for the same reasons.