The International Learning Center (ILC) has been serving refugees relocated to Milwaukee since 1981, offering English, math and citizenship classes, as well as computer and life skills. As the refugee population continues to increase and diversify, the center is working to raise community awareness of the cultures represented in the neighborhood.
More than 40 people shopped at the SHARE Mobile Market held at United Methodist Children’s Services in Washington Park on the first Tuesday of February. The Mobile Market offers healthy food at prices 30 – 50 percent lower than retail.
Four days a week, “Ashley” (not her real name) attends Our Next Generation, a community-based nonprofit that offers after-school academic and enrichment programs. Ashley and her tutor, Sammie Lou Krieger, have worked together for six years, meeting every Monday for a one-on-one tutoring session.
At 14, Darrin Madison is too old to be a member of the Urban Ecology Center’s Young Scientists Club any more, so he returned as a volunteer.
Lisa Randerson, an instructor in the Early Childhood Services program at Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, has worked to instill a sense of wonder and curiosity in young children for 21 years.
The residents, businesses, organizations and community development agencies that make up Washington Park Partners are hard at work beginning to implement a new five-year Sustainable Community Plan. The plan addresses seven areas of neighborhood life WPP considers crucial to a sustainable community.
The Urban Ecology Center created the Young Scientists Club to teach children in the neighboring community about nature and social responsibility, and expose them to new environments and experiences.
For 16 years, Sammie Lou Krieger has volunteered at Our Next Generation, a community-based nonprofit that offers after-school, academic and enrichment programs. For the last six years, she has worked with the same student and said she hopes to continue doing so for years to come.
About 50 people marched through the Washington Park community recently at the seventh Annual Put the Guns Down Festival, sponsored by the League of Young Voters Education Fund.
Milwaukee neighborhoods will soon benefit from nearly a dozen new jobs through the federal AmeriCorps program.