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.
The national convention of Strive, an education reform group, provided a forum for Milwaukee Succeeds Director Mike Soika and GE Healthcare volunteer Nata Abbott to discuss the group’s work with corporate partners during the past 15 months.
Members of the 27th Street West Drug Free Coalition Youth Council recently took Mayor Tom Barrett and County Supervisor Russell Stamper on a walking tour of assets and liabilities in a section of Washington Park.
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.
Longtime community organizer Mike Soika brings his passion for social justice and a “continuous improvement” model to his position as the first director of Milwaukee Succeeds, a year-old community partnership for education reform launched by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
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.
New Volunteer Coordinator Heather Aschoff brings a true passion for connecting people who care with the needs of MPS.
Boys & Girls Club youths and volunteer college interns paired up at United Way of Greater Milwaukee’s Brewer’s Hill Literacy Day, launching a program to recruit 3,000 volunteer readers, tutors and mentors.
E.B. Garner has been teaching kids to fish at Washington Park Pond for 15 years, since promising a neighbor boy he’d teach him if his grades and behavior improved. What started as a group of 12 grew to 400 during Wisconsin’s annual Free Fishing Weekend in early June.