Two new reports presented at LISC’s Community Development Symposium find that there is progress in Milwaukee, despite the difficult economy and other discouraging trends. Much more, they argue, needs to be done.
More than 20 working professionals recently began this year’s nine-month Future Milwaukee leadership program. Participants will complete arts-related projects to benefit the community and meet others who want to create positive change. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service talked to them about what has been most interesting about the program so far.
Alliance School, a small year-round charter school serving students in grades 6-12, has received the highest award from the Wisconsin Charter School Association for best achieving its mission: to provide a safe and accepting climate for all students. About half of the students identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.
A new satellite facility of the Urban Ecology Center, to be built on the site of an old tavern on the 3700 block of W. Pierce Street, will offer neighborhood schoolchildren and residents a place to learn about the environment. On a recent weekday, dignitaries, children and local residents gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Urban Ecology Center’s (UEC) Menomonee Valley Branch.
The facilities at Longfellow School and Journey House have long been overcrowded and distressed, but that will soon change. Construction has begun on the Journey House Center for Youth and Family Athletics. The new addition will serve both institutions by providing a new cafeteria, kitchen, gym, computer labs and classrooms.