Stephanie Williams and her youngest daughter go to school together at the Next Door Foundation in the Metcalfe Park neighborhood. Williams attends GED classes while her daughter participates in the Early Head Start program.
High school student Domonique Whitehurst is one of eight interns at ArtWorks for Milwaukee who worked on anti-drug and violence campaigns this fall. The semester-long program strives to foster collaboration and promote the arts, while training students for careers.
Parents or guardians of children new to the Milwaukee Public School system can now register their child online. This service is a first for Wisconsin and the region, and will simplify the registration process, while increasing the connection between schools and the families.
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.
Next Door Foundation’s Educare program offers “a prep school for low-income kids” in one of Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods.
Julie Esteves, bilingual co-director of a school-readiness program for young children, has grown personally and professionally during her 17 years at COA in the Riverwest neighborhood.
Artist and educator Jon Brown is a mentor and lead artist for teenage interns at ArtWorks for Milwaukee. Brown helps his students design anti-drug and anti-violence campaigns and develop the skills necessary to succeed in the art and design world.
Most members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee leave when they finish high school. But 19-year-old Erick Perkins has returned to the program at North Division High School as a volunteer. The aspiring entertainer credits the club with helping him realize his gift for music.