Students from Professor Herbert Lowe’s spring 2016 digital journalism class at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication produced a series of multimedia stories for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service about people in their 20s who live, work or serve in the central city.
By Patrick Thomas
Since Jafar Banda, 28, was released from prison in 2008 he has been dedicated to reforming the state’s justice system as head of Community Uprise UWM, which advocates for non-violent felons.
By Julia Pagliarulo
Matt McCoy, 27, is co-founder and chief operating officer of Menomonee Valley-based Scanalytics. Inspired by his father, he uses people skills and business know-how to grow the company.
By Andrew Goldstein
Elise Myers, 25, is an environmental educator at the Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park. She runs classes for students that are designed to connect them with nature.
By Max Templin
The Victory Garden Initiative has provided an opportunity for Milwaukee native Alexander Hagler, 25, to help increase the availability of quality fresh food through urban farming.
By David Goldman
Ceasar Crayton, 20, is a live-in volunteer at the Casa Maria Community, which operates three houses in Milwaukee for indigent people in need of housing.
By Sean Blashe
Minister Sam Coleman, 28, aims to spread messages of faith and hope throughout the Sherman Park neighborhood and the Milwaukee community.
By Amelia Jones
Peter Drews, 23, a Playworks coach at Hopkins Lloyd Community School, uses “game time” classes to teach leadership skills, conflict resolution and collaboration.
By Gary Leverton
Rhondi Love, 25, uses her police background and skills as an advocate to help domestic violence victims at Sojourner Family Peace Center.
By Emmy Spring
Mario Sinclair, 24, launched Humans of Milwaukee as a personal project with limited resources, but soon realized it had the potential to spotlight the humanity in a city that often draws negative headlines.
By Clara Hatcher
Yessica Jimenez, 23, an independent visual artist, works with the music community to create projects such as a hip-hop alphabet.
By McKenna Oxenden
Amanda Salas, 21, who grew up living in group homes and with foster families, volunteers at Kids Matter, a nonprofit organization that advocates for foster children.
By Megan Halbur
Amanda James, 28, runs a childcare business and co-founded a women’s empowerment group, believing that women in Milwaukee deserve acknowledgment and support.
By Kaitlin Majeski
Cameron Henderson, 23, who works in the afterschool program at Holton Center, aims to inspire youth to reach their potential.
By Reem Imseitef
Lila Saavedra, 26, found her passion for service working with the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. She hopes to empower young girls to become leaders in their communities.
By James Ragen
Mychoua Vang, 29, of the Hmong American Friendship Association, works to give the youth of Washington Park a safe, fun place to go after school.