Milwaukee Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Gregory Thornton announced a service partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and City Year Milwaukee on Tuesday at Rogers Street Academy, which is connected to the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club, at 1975 S. 24th St.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is one of MPS’ 21st Century Community Learning Center Partners. City Year Milwaukee is in its first year of serving in six Milwaukee Public Schools as full-time tutors, mentors and role models.
Three of the six schools that City Year Milwaukee will serve – 81st Street Elementary School, Mitchell Elementary School and Rogers Street Academy – are also home to Boys & Girls Clubs. At these schools, City Year and the Boys & Girls Clubs will collaborate in the after-school space to provide educational support and mentoring to students.
Dr. Gregory E. Thornton, MPS Superintendent of Schools, will discuss the school district’s support for the partnership with City Year Milwaukee and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
James L. Clark, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and Jason M. Holton, Executive Director of City Year Milwaukee, will detail the service partnership between their two organizations at the press conference. Rogers Street Academy, a K-8 school of 650 students, is located at 2430 West Rogers Street.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is the oldest and largest youth-serving agency in Milwaukee. It offers after-school and summer programming for children ages 5-18, focusing on those who have major life obstacles, most often poverty.
The Clubs operates 40 sites, which include six primary locations, 32 school sites, Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland and an extension site at the Ethan Allen School for Boys in Wales. Membership to the Clubs is only $5 per year, per child, but no one is ever turned away based on inability to pay.
City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders help children stay in school and on track, and transform schools and communities across the United States, as well as through international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England.
MPS is the largest public school district in the State of Wisconsin, with 184 schools serving approximately 82,000 students. Achievement and improvement are guided by the MPS strategic plan, Working Together, Achieving More.