The Garfield Par 3 Golf Club awarded scholarships to these six scholars during its 12th annual Wisconsin Minority Memorial Golf Tournament recently held at the Scenic View Country club in Slinger, WI. The recipients are (from left to right): Donovan Yeager, a student at Whitefish Bay High School; Jailyn A. Allison, Riverside University High School; Anthony Hatfield, Rufus King High School; H’Vyn Jones, Messmer High School; Raven Major, Rufus King, Monae Cunningham-Mapp, Bradley Tech High School. The tournament helps to provide educational scholarships to college bound students and to support local Milwaukee Junior Golf programs. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Last summer, Milwaukee teens made national headlines for acts of violence and aggression at high profile public locations. This summer, youth organizers from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee want to promote to “peace in the streets” by encouraging their peers to resolve conflicts without violence and to not engage in negative, aggressive behavior through “Keep It Moving,” a dance competition. The event takes place on Thursday, July 19 at 1 p.m. inside the Roger & Leona Fitzsimonds Boys & Girls Club located at 3400 W. North Ave.
“Keep It Moving” is the brainchild of MOVES (Make Our Victories Empowering Steps) Against Violence, a youth-led program of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. The event is made possible thanks to a proposal written by Club members and awarded by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for a Safe Alternatives For Youth grant, which they received $2,500. “Keep It Moving” is also held in partnership with “Let’s Move,” an initiative led by First Lady Michelle Obama to address childhood obesity.
For “Keep It Moving,” the dance teams will represent three Milwaukee Boys & Girls Clubs locations, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha and the youth-arm of organizations such as Christian Faith Fellowship Church, Tessa Black Entertainment Group, Tru Skool and Urban Underground. The top three dance teams will receive cash prizes. Before the competition begins, Club teens will lead a peace walk at 11:30 a.m. and erect a memorial wall for the community to add names of loved ones lost to violence.
The Latino Community Center was founded in 1999 and has grown quickly from one small after-school program to a full array of programs serving community members of all ages.
The Center was featured in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article as one of the “Ten Reasons for Hope” for the city of Milwaukee.
The Center serves one of Milwaukee’s most diverse and impoverished communities on Milwaukee’s near Southside, including the 53204 and 53215 zip codes. It is a young, ethnically and racially diverse neighborhood, in which young people 17 and under make up almost a third of the population.
The Latino Community Center’s (LCC) mission is to “meet and respect youth and families where they are — re-empowering them to change their negative situations into positive personal, academic and professional outcomes through programs that strengthen their abilities and aspirations.”
Latino Community Center offers after school academic enrichment, gang and violence diversion, recreation, youth development, prevention programming, street outreach, summer programming, and healthy girls programming.
The Center’s programming is based on best practices in the field of positive youth development to ensure effectiveness. Structured and unstructured, bilingual and bicultural opportunities reach a wide variety of at-risk youth in the area, including gang members, young girls, out-of-school youth and teenaged males.
The strength of LCC lies in a strong grassroots community approach. The majority of the staff and volunteers were raised and continue to live in the neighborhood served by the LCC.
Youth seek out the Center as a safe place where they can be with positive adult role models and stay away from dangerous situations. LCC provides a Young Professionals Academy (YPA) where students are guided through three phases of comprehensive training: (1) Employability Skills (2) Job Retention Skills (3) and Life Skills.
In addition, LCC runs Community Learning Centers (CLC) at Kagel Elementary School and South Division High School and a program called ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! (“I’m Unique! I’m a Latin Girl!”), designed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as a bilingual initiative to help Latina girls ages 9-14 to gain the self-esteem needed to make healthy choices, learn refusal skills, and resist negative social pressures.
Teen Nights offered at the Center twice a week for teens only, featuring poetry, music, dancing and art to impart positive lessons about self-esteem, staying in school, and more. And Summer Programming gives youth and teens in the target neighborhood a safe place to go during the summer months, with a wide array of fun, safe, academic, recreational, social, and cultural activities including but not limited to summer school, homework help, and field trips such as swimming, bowling, miniature golf, movies, museum, zoo, basketball and football.
The LCC is a safe haven for many youth on Milwaukee’s near south side community and a good neighbor in the hood.
Keshawnna Moore (second from left) and Israel Powell (second from right) are two of 15 students to receive scholarships with the help of the Brewers Community Foundation and Milwaukee Brewers players. The team recognized them during a recent pre-game ceremony at Miller Park. They are receiving scholarships from the Selig Scholars Program, and scholarships donated by several Milwaukee Brewers players and the Michael J. Bonan Scholarship Fund. Both students will receive $10,000 scholarships. With Moore and Powell are Ralph Hollmon, president and CEO of the Milwaukee Urban League and MUL official Greg Fanning. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
“Where communities come to nourish each other”
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Pathfinders Milwaukee, Marquette University Law School, Feed the People powered by Move Milwaukee, Urban Underground, Heart Love Place, & YWCA are coming together to present Potluck, Poetry & Playback in the Park on Fridays, July 13 to August 3 at Gordon Park from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. Bring your favorite dish to share, your appetite and your talent for a lovely Friday afternoon filled with food, community partnership, poetry and creative expression. Join us at Gordon Park as we serve a sampling of healthy vegetarian dishes to the community and host a family friendly open-mic. Bring a blanket or a chair and a dish to share! Admission is free to the public.
Schedule of Events July 13 – Potluck 3pm – 5pm & Poetry open mic 4pm -5pm ~ Outdoors July 20 – Potluck 3pm – 5pm & Poetry open mic 4pm -5pm ~ Outdoors July 27 – Potluck 3pm – 5pm & Poetry open mic 4pm -5pm ~ Outdoors August 3 – Potluck & Playback Theatre Show! “Say it, Play it, Stories from the Block”! 4:30 – 5:30pm ~ Indoors Gordon Park Pavilion.
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About Pathfinders Milwaukee
For 40 years, Pathfinders has helped those we serve to take charge of their lives, connect to others, and contribute to the community. Our programs are designed to protect youth, strengthen individuals and families, and improve the emotional and mental health of our neighbors struggling with difficult challenges. In partnership with generous individual supporters, foundations, businesses, faith communities, and government more than 7,800 people each year are able to find safety, hope and healing.
These two (pictured above) are among only 12 selected from across Wisconsin!
Two Milwaukee Public Schools students performed at Summerfest, billed as the world¹s largest music festival.
The students were the largest-ever contingent representing the district at the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Youth Showcase, which was held Thursday, July 5 at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage and Pavilion.
WAMI’s showcase hosted 12 young, talented musicians from around Wisconsin this year, including:
– Hector Claudio, a 16-year-old student at MPS’ Audubon High School. His vocal talents drew the attention of the Youth Showcase chairwoman at a recent Audubon performance.
– Felix Ramsey, a 17-year-old student at MPS’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Felix is one of eight student singers from around the country who recently attended the GRAMMY Awards and performed at the official GRAMMY Celebration.
“I’ve produced all eight of the annual WAMI Youth Showcases and this is by far the most talented group of young people we’ve showcased,” said Barbara Wagner, WAMI Youth Showcase Chair.
“As an MPS teacher myself, I’m pleased that two of the 12 acts are MPS students. Both can be considered ‘rising stars.’”
The showcase was a fast-paced event in which each performer had roughly four to eight minutes to showcase his or her talent. WAMI, now in its 32nd year, seeks to educate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry.
Rosalie Manor Community & Family Services invites youth between the ages of 12-17 to attend a free program this summer.
The program promotes teen pregnancy prevention and utilizes the curriculum, Making Proud Choices. The goal of the program is to empower youth to make decisions that will reduce their risk of becoming a teen parent or contracting a sexually transmitted infection.
The FREE youth program will run August 2 – August 30 and is offered in one session:
•Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Registration for this program is required. Please contact Arleta Cobb at 414-847-0053 to register or for more information.
The Making Proud Choices group will be held at Rosalie Manor, 4803 W. Burleigh St.
Rosalie Manor Community & Family Services has a long history of strengthening at-risk families in Milwaukee.
What began as a residence for single pregnant women in 1908 has evolved into a comprehensive community-based social service agency serving mothers, fathers and youth. Rosalie Manor’s mission, “Strengthening Milwaukee families by empowering parents to be nurturing and by guiding youth toward positive futures” is pursued by:
• Ensuring that mothers have the knowledge and skills to provide a healthy environment that promotes positive outcomes for themselves and their children;
• Assisting fathers to be involved, caring and responsible parents in the lives of their children; and
Educating and inspiring youth to prevent teen pregnancy, build healthy relationships and become effective decision makers.
The City of Milwaukee Youth Council and local youth-led and youth-serving organizations recently met to form a coalition of youth organizations working to solve common goals.
The Youth Council is working to bridge the divides between existing youth organizations to increase efficiency between groups and provide better communication.
The group met Monday at the House of Peace, 1702 W. Walnut St.
Members of the community and other youth organizations also attended the event.
Follow the Youth Council on Twitter @mkeyouthcouncil or via the MYC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mkeyouthcouncil/.
Milwaukee Team to Share their Knowledge, Experience in Implementing Common Core State Standards—Business Leaders Joining as Well
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — School’s out, but a team of more than 40 teachers, principals and administrators from the Milwaukee Public Schools, as well as business leaders, will contribute their knowledge, interact with national education leaders, and enhance their understanding of major changes coming to the classroom.
Wisconsin, along with almost every other state, has adopted the Common Core State Standards that will be put into practice a year from this September. In order to prepare for these tougher, more demanding standards, educators need to shift their instructional focus in Literacy/English Language Arts and math. Under the Standards, students delve more deeply into critical concepts, relying on higher-level thinking rather than simple memorization.
The support of the GE Foundation (www.gefoundation.com), the philanthropic arm of GE, will cover the cost of Milwaukee’s participants and costs for a total of 400 U.S. educators at the conference titled “The Common Core State Standards and Our Commitment to Student Success.” It’s taking place July 15–20 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and among the speakers will be former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who now chairs the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our teachers to learn, grow and collaborate. Our team members are going to be able to dive into specific content by grade and experience level. Our 80,000 students will benefit from the expertise they bring back with them,” said Gregory E. Thornton, Superintendent, Milwaukee Public Schools. “The Common Core State Standards are critical to preparing our students for college and careers. We’re embracing those tough standards and we’re grateful to have a partner in the GE Foundation to ensure that our teachers are exposed to the best possible expertise on putting the standards in place. ”
Superintendent Thornton will be attending along with school board members.
“Good paying jobs are going unfilled because U.S. workers don’t have the skills for the positions. The Common Core are part of the solution and ensuring educators in Milwaukee know how to implement them is absolutely critical,” said Robert Corcoran, Vice President, GE Corporate Citizenship, and President and Chair, GE Foundation.
The Milwaukee team will also hear remarks from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and the co-architects of the Common Core Standards.
A group from Milwaukee will also be participating in a workshop at the Kennedy Space Center with NASA and the National Science Teachers Association that is occurring this week. “Meeting the Standards through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Integration,” will show the educators how real world engineering applies both scientific and mathematical principles to the colonization of Mars. The sessions will show teachers how to bring this type of integrated learning approach back to the classroom.
GE Foundation’s support to the Milwaukee Public Schools includes more than $20.4 million and additional support through funding of Student Achievement Partners, a non-profit whose principals played a lead role in the development of the Standards.