be_ixf;ym_202212 d_04; ct_50 Apply now to serve with City Year. Applications to serve this school year are due December 2.

City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Meet Deniko Montgomery

City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps member, Deniko

Meet Deniko Montgomery, a proud City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps member and learn more about him in his poem titeld, “I am.”

“I AM”  

I am Milwaukee born and raised.

And I am determined. I have the mindset of Martin Luther King Jr, Barack Obama, and Dr. Ben Carson. I have a dream that all children of color will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream that all my sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at Mitchell realized the importance of education and with spirit, discipline, and courage, they can achieve their goals. Yes we can promote change. Yes we can be successful by any means necessary. Yes we can overcome police brutality to inequality. I am educated. High school degree…check. College degree…check. Masters and MD…well not yet. I will be great. I will become a doctor, I have faith.  

I am Milwaukee born and raised. 

And I am a black man, twenty-three with no kids. I have the skin that has taken on the meaning of wrong place and wrong time. Skin that statistically has a higher chance of going to prison then going to college. Skin that has an incarcerated rate of five times more than the rate of whites. Skin that makes up 6.5% of the US population but 40.2% of the Prison population. Skin that forces us to forever try to outrun those same statistics. Skin that is a curse and a blessing.  


Yes, I am Milwaukee born and raised. 

And in that order, I am a proud, determined black man.  

“Meet” other AmeriCorps members and learn why they applied to do a year of service with City Year Milwaukee.

City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps member at Opening Day

Deniko Montgomery is a proud City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps member on the Julia A. Uihlein team at Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School, and a proud alum of Jackson State University. When asked why he serves, Deniko said, “I serve to be a pillar of my community.  I serve because I believe in the power of the youth. I serve to mentor, coach, motivate, counsel, inspire, and educate the next generation. I serve for all the brown and black skin boys and girls.  I serve because who is better to serve then someone like myself. I serve to be the light and joy to all my students each and every day.”

Related stories

On November 8th, 2021 City Year Milwaukee hosted our annual Impact and Eggs Event. The following remarks were delivered by...

Read more about Impact And Eggs 2021

Check-out the incredible ways our 2020-2021 City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps members plan to make an impact as alumni. 

Read more about Making an Impact After City Year

Spirit of City Year award winner, Ruth Durrell, shares powerful remarks during City Year Milwaukee's virtual graduation ceremony. Read on.

Read more about Ruth Durrell: I Wish You an Abundance of Water

AmeriCorps member, Mia Morrison, decided to apply to City Year Milwaukee because of the impact City Year had on her...

Read more about How My City Year Inspired Me to Do a Year of Service  
National Strategic Partners
  • AbbVie logo
  • Comcast NBC/ Universal logo
  • Deloitte logo
  • New York Life Foundation logo
  • Red Nose Day logo
National Partners
  • Bain Capital logo
  • Bank of America logo
  • Celanese logo
  • NFL Inspire Change logo
  • Taco Bell Foundation logo block for footer