Thirteen youth from the SDC program recently toured five university campuses in Indiana and Tennessee. The schools visited included the University of Indianapolis, Spaulding, Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Tennessee State. Staff accompanying the youth on the 2010 College Tour noted that the students gained a lot of valuable information on higher education including, for example, how one school offers a program that allows enrolled students to graduate debt-free.
Young people who participated in the exploration of colleges were excited about what they saw and learned. One student noted she had found through the tour a school that she really liked and intended to apply to. Quonisha Watts, another YFDP student, stated “I really enjoyed visiting classes and learning about their academic programs…. It has opened my eyes to different opportunities.”
The SDC campus tour is an annual event that helps high school age youth learn more about colleges and encourages them to map out their future education plans. Past tours have helped youth decide where to go to college as well as provide helpful information on the application process and ways of to fund their higher education. For more information on the SDC YFDP program and its College Tour, call 414-906-2790 or visit the agency website at www.cr-sdc.org and click on the “Programs” tab.
Volunteers who helped an all-time number of households get state and federal taxes prepared were honored this weekend for their efforts
The Milwaukee Asset Building Coalition (MABC) and the Social Development Commission held a Volunteer Recognition Brunch for the 120 people who helped the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The past tax season was the ninth year of free tax preparation by the coalition of businesses, community groups, governmental agencies, faith-based organizations, and private foundations.
The volunteers were told that this tax season, they helped prepare the state and federal taxes for more than 12,800 households at no charge that returned more than $17.9-million in tax credits and refunds. That is up from the 10,800 households and $14.5-million for previous tax season. It was noted that not only did the number of returns rise this past season but the quality of the tax work did as well.
Wells Fargo was recognized with the Dedication and Partner Award for their efforts to staff MABC’s tax sites to offer sign-up for traditional checking and saving accounts. And Nayoakee Parker who coordinated the MABC VITA program for the past seven years was honored for her work in making the Milwaukee program a nationwide model for other cities.
SDC CEO Deborah Blanks thanked the volunteers for their efforts during the recently completed tax season. She said their coming together to effectively help so many families symbolizes the power of the community and Milwaukee at its best.