February 2, 2015

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Prevention Services Manager

"Ending Child Poverty Now" report released

On January 27, 2015, the Children's Defense Fund released a groundbreaking report, End Child Poverty Now, using analysis by the Urban Institute which is highly informed by the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute's policy package created by our Pathways to Ending Poverty Project.

For the first time, the report details how to end 60 percent of child poverty in America right now. By investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget to expand existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children's basic needs are met, 97 percent of poor children would benefit and 60 percent of them could escape poverty immediately. Read the full report here.


"Good Kid Brew City" music video from COA Youth & Family Centers' Rising Star

COA's 2014 Rising Star recipient has released a new original song and music video in partnership with Kiran Vee of Fresh Cut Collective. With this video it was Dayzhane & Kiran's goal to "out-do our past work and achieve the next level in terms of lyrics, storytelling, composition, and production quality."

Eight local health providers, UWM respond to gun violence at schools

Through a federal grant created to help communities respond to gun violence at schools, eight regional behavioral health providers and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are working to strengthen trauma and substance abuse counseling services for youth.

UWM's Helen Bader School of Social Welfare recently received a three-year, $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to train social work master's degree students in trauma-informed care and substance abuse counseling for children, adolescents and young adults. 

Read more from Milwaukee BizTimes

Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation.


The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the 2012-2013 school year were eligible for the federal program that provides free and reduced-price lunches. The lunch program is a rough proxy for poverty, but the explosion in the number of needy children in the nation's public classrooms is a recent phenomenon that has been gaining attention among educators, public officials and researchers.


Read more from the Washington Post

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"Good Kid Brew City" music video from COA Youth & Family Centers' Rising Star
Eight local health providers, UWM respond to gun violence at schools
Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty
Event Announcements


Feb. 10, 4-6 pm

Milwaukee, WI

Gain a shared understanding of racism, prejudice and social change framed by the life and legacy of museum founder Dr. James Cameron. More information here.




Milwaukee, WI

In partnership with the State of Wisconsin Office of Youth Services, UWM is offering seminars starting in March. More information here.

March 11
Milwaukee, WI
Event flyer available here.

March 14
Milwaukee, WI
Find out how we can work together to build a better Milwaukee for all people of color. More information online.

1st & 3rd Mondays of every month
West Allis, WI
More information available here.
Job Announcements


Grand Avenue Club has is looking for a Program Coordinator. More information can be found here.

IndependenceFirst is hiring an outreach coordinator. More information available online.

Waukesha County is hiring a Drug Free Communities Coalition Assistant and Coordinator.
Funding Opportunities


The Coming Together Partnership is seeking proposals for programs or activities aimed at inspiring young people (ages 11-24) to become change-makers in gun violence prevention. The Partnership is offering mini-grants from $500 to $1,000. Please see the description and application.
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