For 10 years, MPS has held an annual “Foro” or “Forum Latino” for parents of students with special needs. More than 400 people attended this year’s event, the only one of its kind in the state, according to the school district.
Alverno College students are working to support an orphanage that mainly serves young girls who were victims of human trafficking. They are “Hope for Nicaragua,” a benefit fundraiser for Casa Mision Santa Faz on Friday, Nov. 9.
For three years a $300,000 synthetic turf football field donated to Journey House by the Green Bay Packers has sat in a storage warehouse in Green Bay. But, ground has now been broken for the Journey House Football Field and Stadium at Mitchell Park, and the turf will soon be laid out.
The Milwaukee Public Library system has seen an increase of nearly 223,000 visitors compared to the same time last year. Still, the system had to cut its proposed budget for 2013, resulting in a reduction of hours and services.
Milwaukee Public School (MPS) budget cuts over the years have led to the elimination of many full-time art teacher positions. In response, MPS and local organizations created a program to fill the void, allowing thousands of Milwaukee youth to participate in innovative community-based programs.
For the past year, male juveniles from Milwaukee County sentenced to incarceration were sent four hours north to the Copper Lake and Lincoln Hills schools in Irma, Wis. Recent changes approved by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will keep some high-risk young offenders in the county, saving taxpayers money and enabling the young men to remain closer to their families and rehabilitative resources.
The top predictor of whether a teen will reoffend is whether or not he has a strong support system. The new Milwaukee County Accountability Program (MCAP) is designed to help teens and their parents or guardians build that system together.
The Latin and Central American countries of El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrated their independence days last weekend. Mexicans, who make up the largest ethnic group in the state, celebrated with a parade and festival on the city’s south side.
In urban environments such as Milwaukee there may be few opportunities other than science class to learn about the natural environment. The newly opened Menomonee Valley branch of the Urban Ecology Center is helping to fill that void for south siders.
The multi-faceted revitalization of the Menomonee Valley continues as a groundbreaking ceremony was held recently for a 24-acre park built along the Hank Aaron State Trail.