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STRYV365, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit dedicated to helping community youth overcome trauma through education, sports and activities, hosted local students at “A Motown Christmas” music event at the Riverside Theater.
Launched in 2020 by Milwaukee native Brandon J. Currie, Ph.D., STRYV365 works with schools and caregivers to provide tailored, multi-faceted curriculum and programming that engages youth in a fun and positive way.
“Childhood trauma is widely recognized as a serious issue, especially among some of our most disadvantaged communities. It’s not enough for us to merely raise awareness of its impact,” Currie said. “At STRYV365, we are people of action, working every day to equip our youth with the tools they need to break the cycle of trauma and meet their full potential.”
Currie emphasizes the importance of engaging with students in multiple ways, especially because the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of color and further exposed inequities in education, employment and social mobility for these communities. Inviting students at STRYV’s partner schools to a performance of “A Motown Christmas” was an opportunity for Milwaukee-area youth to experience live music in a safe, family-friendly environment.
Since 2020, STRYV365 has served more than 3,500 students. After participating in the organization’s programming, 85 percent of students reported finding different ways to understand, analyze and solve problems without conflict and 83 percent said they learned skills for critical thinking and healthy decision-making. Of the more than 900 teachers, staff and caregivers who have participated in STRYV365 workshops and professional development opportunities, 86 percent said they use the strategies they learned in their work.
Current STRYV365 partner organizations include the Medical College of Wisconsin; the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee; the Malaika Early Learning Center; Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy; the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE); SaintA; Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC); the Milwaukee Academy of Science; and the Brown Deer School District.
To learn more about STRYV365 or to support its mission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (414) 502-9576.
STRYV365 works collaboratively with schools and youth caregivers to provide a tailored, multi-faceted curriculum that engages youth in a fun and positive way. STRYV365 does not supplant efforts that already exist, but builds upon the existing infrastructure to meet youth where they are. By using sports and activities, we teach youth the skills and mindset to overcome trauma and meet their full potential. Visit https://www.stryv365.org to learn more.