The Edith Norman Finlayson Award for Volunteerism to Youth was awarded to community youth advocate Mavis McCallum (pictured above, second from left). She was presented the award by the Milwaukee Chapter of the Links, Inc. during its recent celebration of the organization’s 50 years of providing leadership, excellence and service to the community.The event was held at
McCallum’s volunteer work on behalf of Milwaukee’s youth is unparalleled. She is the past board chair of New Concepts Self Development Center, former board president of the Wisconsin Juvenile Detention Association, founder and past president of the Milwaukee Youth Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, and a board member of the National Youth Law Enforcement Association.
Her philosophy is: “When you help a child today, you write the history of tomorrow.”
Professionally, she is the retired Deputy Superintendent of the Milwaukee County Detention Center (first African American female).
McCallum continues to be a community activist and resource for those involved with the juvenile judicial system. She has been married to Tom McCallum for 44 years. They have one son Garret.
During the ceremony, McCallum was presented with a monetary award for a community group of her choice that was presented by Links Chapter President JoAnne Williamson, UWM Vice-Chancellor and U.N. Delegate Dr. Joan Prince, Dr. William Finlayson.
A non-profit international women’s civic organization, are, the Milwaukee Chapter of The Links focuses on services to youth, the arts, national trends, international trends, and Health. Over the past fifty years, The Milwaukee (WI) Chapter of The Links Incorporated has been of service in the Community.
The chapter has gifted over $300,000 in educational scholarships, provided ACT/SAT prep courses for high school students, sent laptops in partnership with Jamaica and Africa for students and literacy, and adopted two Milwaukee elementary schools concentrating on social, academic, and cultural programming. It is active in community voter registration initiatives.
Six area organizations will be presented with Nonprofit Excellence Awards for exemplary practices at “Spirit of the Nonprofit Sector – A Celebration of Excellence” on Thursday, December 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.
The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee announced the winners today and will present the awards at the annual celebration, which includes a reception open to the public. A selection committee of nonprofit representatives and consultants reviewed 30 nominations that met the criteria in six categories and picked the best of the best.
The winners are: Beyond Vision (Wiscraft, Inc.) – Excellence in Fiscal Integrity Milwaukee; Public Theatre – Excellence in Diversity; The Parenting Network – Excellence in Board Governance; The Park People – Excellence in Community Organizing; St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care – Excellence in Innovation; Urban Ecology Center – Excellence in Collaboration
“For the past 17 years the nonprofit sector has come together at our annual gathering to celebrate diversity,” said Leigh Kunde, Nonprofit Center Executive Director. “This year we are showcasing true excellence in organizational management and mission achievement. All of the stories told with the nominations were tremendous, well representing the hundreds of nonprofits that serve the people of our community each and every day,” Kunde said.
Tickets to the awards presentation and reception are available at www.NonprofitCenterMilwaukee.
org. Cost is $25 or two for $40. Proceeds will support training and other services to help local nonprofits achieve excellence. For more information call 414-344-3933.
The Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission (GJJC) has announced that Marshall Trudo is the recipient of the 2012 Tony Maggiore Youth Excellence Award. Trudo, a June 2011 graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools who is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and looking to major in accounting, is being recognized for significant positive achievements he has made in his academic and personal life despite obstacles presented due to early negative choices and resulting consequences.
Trudo will be presented with the award at 11:45 a.m. during Tuesday’s GJJC meeting at the Racine Marriott Hotel, 7111 Washington Avenue (State Highway 20), Racine WI 53406. He will also be presented with a letter of congratulations from MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton, who noted that Trudo’s success “makes all of us at Milwaukee Public Schools proud.”
Trudo was nominated for the award by those familiar with his accomplishments due to his participation in the St. Charles Youth and Family Services’ “Welcome Home Project.” He was described as “an exceptional young man who has definite leadership skills and potential” by Lawrence Thomas of the St. Charles staff. Thomas noted that Trudo began his classes at UWM while completing his high school studies and overcoming issues that included a brief period of homelessness and his mother suffering a heart attack.
The Youth Excellence Award is named for Anthony Maggiore, a former adjunct professor at UWM and Associate Director of the Social Development Commission who served as a member of the GJCC and worked tirelessly to design and develop programs designed to benefit children, families, the elderly and the homeless. Maggiore spearheaded national efforts to create energy assistance programs for low-income families and served as the research director of the Milwaukee Homicide Project.
Trudo has been active in community volunteer efforts, having worked with the Wisconsin League of Young Voters in their campaign against violence, the Next Door Foundation’s “Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative” and organizing car was fundraising.
Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving nearly 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS’ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for 2000.