The Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute has trained hundreds of prospective business owners since it was founded in 2006. After completing the training program, 10 entrepreneurs recently competed for $3,000 grants to start or expand their businesses.
A study focusing on seven south side MPS elementary and middle schools conducted by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service shows that Spanish-speaking students who have been in ELL classes outperform their non-ELL peers in reading and math.
A rigorous curriculum and high standards that ELL teachers set for their students pay off for Greenfield students.
Statewide cuts to public transportation and other budget concerns have led to the elimination of Route 18, which serves the Clarke Square and Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods. Reductions in bus service across the city will begin Jan. 29.
Manni Marquez, director of the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative (CSNI), was recently selected as the 2011 “Mi Comunidad” award winner. The award recognizes an unsung hero in Milwaukee’s Hispanic community each year. Marquez has been active in the Clarke Square neighborhood for more than 15 years.
Milwaukee Police Department District 2, which includes Clarke Square, recently recognized block watch captains and members at a Block Watch Captains Award Dinner. District 2 has 214 block watches, more than any other district in the city.
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. (LBWN) recently received a $112,000 grant from Wells Fargo to continue home renovation efforts in the neighborhood. The money will be used for the Turnkey Renovation program, a project in which foreclosed homes are purchased, renovated and fitted with the latest in energy-saving technology.
Now more than 500 participants strong, “timebanking” is a growing phenomenon in Milwaukee. Recently, the Milwaukee Area Time Exchange, the city’s first timebank, hosted a regional conference attended by people from several states.
Only about half of Clarke Square residents filled out their 2010 census forms, information that the federal government uses for multiple purposes including allocating funds to communities. As a result, the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative is taking its own census.
After months of one-on-one interviews, focus groups, neighborhood meetings and data collection, the Quality of Life Plan for the Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods of Silver City, Layton Park and Burnham Park has been unveiled to the public.