After experiencing the sudden loss of her mother, Milwaukee teen Beverly Jackson found herself balancing trying to keep her family intact while also remaining focused on her studies.
She credits the stability she received from Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club, for continuously encouraging and uplifting her especially during the most difficult time of her life. Recently, Beverly was named the 2013 Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
She was chosen for her long and outstanding record of service to her Club, community and school, commitment to her family, exemplifying positive moral character and her ability to overcome personal obstacles. In this role, she will serve as a Boys & Girls Clubs’ top youth ambassador and will share her story with other youths about how she deals with adversity while improving the lives of others.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles.
Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.
In March, Beverly will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members from across the state to become Wisconsin Youth of the Year and receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation.
“A lot of times we’re amazed by young people who like Beverly are highly succesful. We don’t know of the all struggles they’ve faced on their path to victory,” says Vincent Lyles, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
“We are extremely proud of Beverly. She is a very accomplished young woman. Her story is one many children and adults can relate to and be inspired by.”
As the oldest of four children, Beverly knows how to keep a calm mind and how to make tough decisions in the face of life’s challenges. When her mother was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in July 2011, Beverly’s world was shaken and tested.
Her mother was the family’s bedrock. The cancer was severe and left her mother very ill. Nearly four months after her diagnosis, Beverly’s mother passed away.
With her characteristic calmness, Beverly was hands-on with the funeral arrangements. She wrote the obituary with her pastor, organized the funeral service and picked out her an outfit for her mother to be laid to rest.
In the midst of her grieving, Beverly wanted to help her brothers with their grief and keep them intact as a family.
During the summer of 2012, all of her brothers had to move to South Bend, Indiana to live their father. Beverly remained in Milwaukee to finish high school but she found herself facing another challenge: homelessness. She lived from relative-to-relative.
Through it all, Beverly found constant support from the adult staff at Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club where she had been a member since she was 8 years old.
As a child, Beverly was active in a number of Club activities like Torch Club, a character development program for pre-teens. As a teenager she is involved in the community service oriented Keystone Club, Career Launch, Sista Pride – an initiative to cultivate leadership skills among teen girls and the Stein Scholars College Success Program.
Along with her Club involvement, Beverly is active in the community as part of Pebbles for Peace at Cardinal Stritch University, COA Youth & Family Center, Alpha & Omega, the Milwaukee Christian Center and through her church.
She credits the Boys & Girls Clubs for providing her with stability, reminding her of the good times with her family and encouraging her to pursue her goals.
In addition to holding a 2.9 GPA at Ronald Regan High School, Beverly is president of its Student Council and sits on its P.A.T.H. Committee (Preparing, Advocating, Teaching, Helping). In addition, Beverly is in her second year serving on the Milwaukee Public School’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council and is a student representative for the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.
In May, Beverly will graduate from high school. She plans to attend Marquette University and study to become a social worker. Her goal is to open two group homes: one for children who have lost a parent and the other for female teen parents. Beverly knows what it feels like to have no home and wants to help young people have a place that is safe, welcoming and will help them gain stability.
If Beverly wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Midwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2013, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.
The Milwaukee Urban League recently recognized students in grades three to 12 for their stellar achievements in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and social leadership. The students received their honors at the MUL’s annual “Doing The Right Thing Awards ceremony, held at Destiny High School, 7210 N. 76th Street. The Urban League believes when students are supported, encouraged and recognized for their efforts, they are more likely to achieve their goals. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Teresa L. Carlson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Milwaukee Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was joined by the FBI Milwaukee Citizens Academy Alumni Association to announce the FBI Junior Special Agent essay contest.
The contest is open to all 5th grade students within Milwaukee County. The top six entries will be selected to go behind the scenes of the FBI. The Jr. Special Agent essay contest runs now through Friday, March 1, 2013.
The contest is open to all Milwaukee County public and private elementary schools. Participating schools are asked to submit their top two entries from one male and one female student. Fifth grade students are asked to submit a one page essay on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper regarding the following topic:
“What I can do to stay safe while on the Internet.”
“The Jr. Special Agent essay contest is great way to engage kids in discussing Cyber Safety,” said SAC Carlson “it’s also a rare opportunity for them to go behind the scenes and spend part of their day with our Special Agents.”
The top six winners will visit the FBI Milwaukee Division on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Students will meet with Special Agent in Charge Teresa L. Carlson, take a tour, participate in interactive demonstrations, listen to safety presentations by Special Agents and enjoy lunch provided by the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association.
All entries must be received by March 1, 2013.
All Milwaukee Public Schools third-graders – more than 5,000 of them – will find part of their science curriculum come to life at the Milwaukee Public Museum this year and in the coming years as part of the latest exclusive MPS Learning Journey.
Learning Journeys are much more than field trips. Students engage in grade-specific learning experiences at some of southeast Wisconsin’s finest museums, cultural centers and scientific venues.
Those learning experiences are specifically developed for MPS students and tie directly to classroom instruction.
For the new Planet Earth Learning Journey at the Milwaukee Public Museum, MPS curriculum specialists and MPM experts worked together to create the experiences, which are directly aligned to the rigorous Next Generation Science Framework.
A grant from the Helen Bader Foundation helped make the newest Learning Journey possible.
The Planet Earth Learning Journey utilizes museum assets, including The Third Planet and the Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater and Planetarium, to take students through time from the formation of our solar system and through the following 4.6 million years.
The announcement is set for 9 a.m. February 7 atop the grand staircase at the museum, 800 W. Wells Street, Milwaukee 53233.
Media are invited to attend; a group of students will be experiencing the Learning Journey following the announcement.
“This is exciting for our students. Learning Journeys help make learning engaging and vibrant; we’re bringing the curriculum to life. For many of our students, this direct connection from the classroom to real-life scientific experiences only happens through Learning Journeys. We are grateful for the support of our generous partners – the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Helen Bader Foundation – for their commitment to and support of Learning Journeys, “ MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said.
”This program fits right with the Museum’s mission to inspire curiosity and engage students about the natural world through our exhibits and programs. This is a win-win for both institutions and we look forward to future collaborations,” MPM President and CEO Jay Williams said.
MPS’ two previously-announced Learning Journeys include a Great Lakes/freshwater learning experience for all 5th-graders at Discovery World and a financial literacy experience at the Junior Achievement Kohl’s Education Center.
Qualified applicants who attend any teacher sessions could leave with a letter of intent to be hired; hiring comes as MPS boosts starting teacher salary, sees achievement growth
A Milwaukee Public Schools will hold five recruitment events starting this week as the district seeks to hire 700 new teachers as well as paraprofessionals and more than a dozen principals.
Qualified applicants who attend any teacher recruitment session could leave with a letter of intent to be hired by the district. At the March 2 district-wide recruitment event for teachers and paraprofessionals, early contracts may be offered.
MPS recently boosted its starting teacher salary to $41,000 from $37,721 and now gives teachers coming into hard-to-fill positions extra time to meet residency as the district seeks to attract qualified applicants for the 700 teaching positions.
Milwaukee Public Schools has posted a 17-percentage-point gain in its graduation rate between 2000 and 2011; it hosts three of the state’s ten best high schools according to U.S. News and World Report; and a majority of MPS schools are growing student achievement better than or at least roughly as well as the state as a whole according to new state report cards. Milwaukee Public Schools offers a strong curriculum tied to the rigorous Common Core State Standards, which Wisconsin and more than 40 other states have implemented to prepare students for success in college and careers.
With the strong academic reforms we’ve put in place and our commitment to excellence, we are dedicated to being the employer of choice for the best and brightest educators and support staff for our students, MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton said.
The hiring is largely the result of the last year of a three-year wave of retirements sparked in part by the aging of the baby boom generation, which is represented significantly in the Milwaukee Public Schools workforce.
Three smaller teacher recruitment events are scheduled for teachers in specific shortage areas leading up to a March 2 district-wide recruitment event for all K-12 teachers and paraprofessionals. A principal recruiting event has also been scheduled. Details are as follows:
February 6 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Special Education teacher focus
Manitoba School: 4040 W. Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee 53215
February 13 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bilingual, K3/K4, Head Start teacher focus
Milwaukee School of Languages: 8400 W. Burleigh Street, Milwaukee 53222
February 20 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Science/Technology/Engineering/Math, Reading teacher focus Alexander Hamilton High School: 6215 W. Warnimont Avenue, Milwaukee 53220
March 2 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Teachers (K-12, all certifications) and paraprofessionals district-wide
Harold S. Vincent High School: 7501 N. Granville Road, Milwaukee 53224 March 20 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Principal recruitment informational meeting Milwaukee Public Schools Central Services: 5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee 53208
Applicants seeking additional information can visit www.milwaukee.k12.wi.us to learn more or apply. They can also contact the Milwaukee Public Schools Office of Human Resources at (414) 475-8224 for more information. Media inquiries should be directed to Tony Tagliavia, MPS media manager, at (414) 475-8675.
Students from St. Marcus Lutheran School will attend the 2013 kick off event of the Milwaukee Police Department’s award winning program, ‘Students Talking it Over with Police (S.T.O.P) Thursday at McDonald’s on 420 E. Capitol Drive.
Designed to address the relationship between future young leaders and police, the program hopes to decrease the chances of an initial volatile interaction between kids and officers and help establish a positive rapport between all parties.
Milwaukee Recreation has partnered with the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative and the Social Development Commission (SDC) to host the tenth annual Daddy/Daughter Dance at North Division Community Center, 1011 W. Center St., on Saturday, February 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. The night will include dancing, food, prizes, and a live DJ.
“The Daddy/Daughter Dance is a chance for fathers and daughters to dress up and enjoy a great evening together,” says MPS Recreation Supervisor Cedric Banks.
“This event provides a great way for young ladies to strengthen their relationships with their fathers. We also encourage grandfathers, uncles, and other adult males who are father figures to sign up with the special little ladies in their lives.”
Fathers and daughters of all ages are welcome to attend. The cost per couple is $30, and up to two additional children may attend for $5 each.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for pre-registered guests. Dinner will be served at 5:15 p.m. and is limited to pre-registered guests only. Walk-up registration will begin at 5:45 p.m.
The pre-registration deadline is Monday, February 11. For more information, please call (414) 475-8811. To register online, visit www.MilwaukeeRecreation.net. The Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative is a non-profit organization with a broad-based mission to improve the wellbeing of young people by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers in their lives.
The Social Development Commission (SDC) serves as a planner, coordinator, and provider of human service programs for low-income individuals and families in Milwaukee County.
Milwaukee Recreation is a department of Milwaukee Public Schools, established in 1911 to enrich the lives of Milwaukee’s youth, teens, adults, and seniors through recreational and educational activities.
For more information, visit MilwaukeeRecreation.net.
Opus Foundation supports youth development, early childhood education, workforce and employment training and community revitalization
“Community stewardship has been a priority of the Opus organization for more than 60 years,” said Julie Ledger, vice president and general manager of Opus Development Company, L.L.C.’s Milwaukee Office. “Opus is proud to support our community through these nonprofit organizations.”
The Opus Foundation awards grants in two categories, the Impact Fund and the Opportunity Fund. The Impact Fund supports strategic investments in human and community development and the Opus Opportunity Fund is designed to meet pressing and emerging needs in communities where Opus does business.
Recipients of the Impact Fund are Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, Habitat for Humanity, Notre Dame Middle School, Schools that Can Milwaukee, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.
Recipients of the Opportunity Fund are COA Youth & Family Centers, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Guest House of Milwaukee, Lake Valley Camp, LISC Milwaukee, Milwaukee Montessori School, Real Estate Alliance for Charity (REACH), Rebuilding Together and The Lutheran Home.
This year’s grant recipients have a number of diverse missions and causes, including but not limited to childhood education programs, financial aid for low income families and targeted neighborhood revitalization efforts. Additionally, the grants will help repair homeless shelters, school playgrounds and classrooms.
The Opus Foundation® awards approximately $1 million annually to projects and programs that build Opus communities and make them better places to live, work and raise families. The Foundation supports non-profit organizations in areas of early childhood education, youth development, workforce and employment training, and community revitalization.
The Opus Group® is a family of national commercial real estate companies headquartered in Minneapolis, with expertise in development, project management and construction, architecture and engineering, finance, sales and leasing. The Opus Group includes Opus Holding, L.L.C. and its operating subsidiaries; Opus Development Company, L.L.C., Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. Specializing in office, industrial, retail, residential living, institutional and government projects, The Opus Group has broad capabilities, deep experience and a proven design-build model that delivers solutions for customers on time and on budget. For more information, visit www.opus-group.com.
After School Art WorkshopDrop-in art program sponsored by Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.) for children in grades K5 to 5. Listen to a story, then work on imaginative art activities relevant to the book or artist theme for the day.Monday, Feb. 4, 4-5:30 p.m.Atkinson LibraryBlack Cinema Film Series: Sisters of SelmaWatch the story of the unsung heroes of the voting rights marches. Presented in collaboration with Blk-Art, History and Culture and M.L. King Library.Monday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m.Martin Luther King LibrarySuper Science for Super KidsBring your friends to make things that fly and spin, create your own musical instrument and get in touch with your inner mad scientist. For ages 6-12.Monday, Feb. 4, 6-7:30 p.m.Zablocki LibraryBay View Kinnickinnic KnittersA knitting circle dedicated to expanding knitting skills through the participation of knitters of all experience levels. Bring any knitting project along for conversation and camaraderie among knitters.Wednesday, Feb. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Bay View LibraryAfrican-American BingoCelebrate Black History culture with a few games of African-American Bingo, followed by crafts and a snack.Wednesday, Feb. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Villard Square BranchAfrican-American Crafts & CultureBuild a time line of Black History events. Join with friends to build crafts that reflect African cultural contributions. Snacks provided.Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. Also Feb. 13, 20, 27.Washington Park LibraryMLK Reading and CraftJoin a community reading of Martin’s Big Words for inspiration before creating posters to portray dreams for a better world. Refreshments provided.Thursday, Feb. 7, 4:30-5:30 p.m.Atkinson Library*** SAVE THE DATE ***The Making of Milwaukee with John GurdaMilwaukee historian and author John Gurda will present a PowerPoint program that captures theMilwaukee community’s history.Saturday, Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m.Centennial Hall Loos Room, 733 N. Eighth St.10-cent Used Book SaleUsed book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. All proceeds benefitthe library.Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.Central LibraryFrom Page to StageLearn about Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s new production Underneath the Lintel from directorC. Michael Wright and actor James Ridge.Saturday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m.Central LibraryBlack History Month EventsFeb. 9: Black History Month Book Club – Central (12-1 p.m.)Feb. 11: Black History Month Jeopardy – Zablocki (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Ages 6-12.Feb. 11: Black History Month Read-In – Center Street (4:30-7:30 p.m.)Feb. 11: Black History Month Read-In with Ald. Milele Coggs – M.L. King (5-6 p.m.)Feb. 11: Black History Month Read-In – Capitol (5-7:45 p.m.)Feb. 18-22: African-American Adventures at Washington Park Library (5-6 p.m.)Feb. 18: Black History Month Read-In – Mill Road (6-7 p.m.)Feb. 18: Black History Month Read-In – Villard Square (6:30-7:30 p.m.)Feb. 19: Black History Month Book Club – Central (6-7 p.m.)Feb. 21: A History of Jazz in America – Villard Square (3:30-5 p.m.)Feb. 26: Black History Month Jeopardy – East (6:30 p.m.) All ages.Feb. 27: Black History Month Jeopardy – Forest Home (5-6 p.m.) Ages 6-12.Feb. 27: Black History Month Jeopardy – Forest Home (6-7 p.m.) Teens.Feb. 27: Family Art Night: My Community – M.L. King (5:30-6:30 p.m.)*** SAVE THE DATE ***Feb. 9: Your Credit Report @ Atkinson Library – (3-4 p.m.)Feb. 10: Schuster’s & Gimbels: Milwaukee’s Beloved Department Stores – Central (2-4 p.m.)Feb. 11: Your Credit Report @ Mill Road Library – Mill Road (6-7:30 p.m.)Feb. 13: Teen Ice Cream Challenge – Bay View (5-6:30 p.m.)Feb. 13: So You’re Thinking About Going to College? – M.L. King (5:30-6:30 p.m.)Feb. 14: Small Business Resources 101 – Central (12-1 p.m.)Feb. 18: Super Science for Super Kids – Center Street (2-3:30 p.m.)Feb. 19: Treasures of the Great Lakes Marine Collection – Central (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)Feb. 19: Build It! – Capitol (4-5:30 p.m.)Feb. 20: Food is Fuel! – Villard Square (4-5:30 p.m.)Feb. 20: Bilingual Family Play Date – Zablocki (6-7 p.m.)Feb. 21: Researching Your Family Tree – Central (12-1 p.m.)Feb. 21: Food is Fuel! – Bay View (4-5:30 p.m.)Feb. 21: Move Your Body! – M.L. King (4-5:30 p.m.)Feb. 23: Skeins of Milwaukee – Central (1:30-3:30 p.m.)Feb. 28: Patent Searching 101 – Central (12-1 p.m.)
Alderman Bob Donovan will present a Common Council commendatory resolution recognizing 2013 Catholic Schools Week (January 27 – February 2, 2013) during a news event that included the Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee, and Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, Superintendent of Catholic Schools. Alderman Michael J. Murphy will also take part in the event, and it is possible other Council members will also participate.
“Milwaukee’s outstanding Catholic schools have been a part of the fabric of life in our city for well over a century, educating and nurturing countless individuals who became leaders in academia, business, priesthood/clergy, sports, medicine, science, music and the arts, law, politics and public service, and many other professions,” said Alderman Donovan, who attended Catholic grade school and high school in Milwaukee. “And today the city’s Catholic schools continue to educate a diverse student population that includes the children of new immigrants, as well as students from all races and socio-economic backgrounds.”
“It is truly an honor for me to help recognize our excellent Catholic schools during Catholic Schools Week,” he said.