The Men's Leadership Academy  (MLA) is Sacramento City Unified School District's (SCUSD) conscious effort to intentionally combat the school-to-prison-pipeline for underserved low-income male students of color by creating supportive learning environments. 


Through a framework of Social Justice Youth Development, and with an active collaboration of district administration, school counselors, certified teachers and youth voice, MLA empowers students through wrap around services that promote: 

  • Social Emotional Learning 

  • Culturally responsive leadership development 

  • Meaningful mentorship 

  • Academic support that engages students through their own means of learning


MLA builds on the needs, strengths and aspirations of the youth to unlock potential and inspire leadership. The growth of the Men’s Leadership Academy has been fueled by student interest and advocacy. The youth have taken a school program and created a fellowship, a brotherhood, and a community of youth who share a common struggle – but who recognize themselves as agents of change.


The collaboration and engagement of these young men exposed them to life-changing experiences such as a training opportunity with the Navy SEAL team on Coronado Naval Base outside of San Diego, and tours of the many monuments and museums in Washington DC.


MLA is currently operating on 7 campuses throughout SCUSD:

  • American Legion High School

  • C. K. McClatchy High School

  • Health Professions High School

  • J. F. Kennedy High School

  • Rosemont High School

  • California Middle School

  • Sam Brannon Middle School









To learn more about MLA please contact Adrian Williams, Youth Development Specialist at  or 916-643-9227