March 16, 2015
ISSUE 5-6
       

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Boys & Men of Color (BMOC) initiative aims to help Milwaukee's central city 

It's no secret that Milwaukee has struggled for decades with racial gaps that today's minority populations are still trying to bridge.

 

In an effort to reduce inequality, especially in areas like Milwaukee's central city, President Barack Obama introduced last spring the My Brother's Keeper initiative aimed at addressing social and educational gaps faced by young men and boys of color - in essence, part of our nation's future workforce and leaders.


This article highlights the ongoing activities BMOC have undertaken since BMOC week in fall.

Precious Lives: Like Father, Like Son

This week's story introduces us to Reverend Leondis Fuller. Over a 9 year period, Reverend Fuller lost all three of his sons to gun violence. Since the death of his last son he launched a program aimed at preparing estranged fathers to reconnect with their children.

 

View or listen to this episode from the Precious Lives Project

Child welfare outcomes report

The Child Welfare Outcomes is a report that is published annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The most current Child Welfare Outcomes data featured on this site are from 2010 to 2013. Through the site, you can view the data before the full report is published. The most recently published full report is Child Welfare Outcomes 2009-2012: Report to Congress.

"We Got This" campaign seeks to change perceptions of young black men

A group of youth, parents and public officials gathered recently at the corner of 12th and Walnut streets to unveil a billboard for the "We Got This" campaign, a grassroots effort started by Andre Lee Ellis in 2014 to "employ and empower young black males."

 

The billboard, which features photos of the young men and a reference to a recent event where the boys and their mentors spent a night "on the town,"will stay at that location for about a month before moving to the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Keefe Avenue in April.


Ellis was clear about the event's intention. "It's celebratory of little black boys who live in the zip code of 53206 and were told that they were the worst of the bunch. Within one year - not even a whole year - they went from jeans to tuxedos, they went from walking the streets to, now, being posted in the air and letting you know that they're no longer just boys in the hood - they're gentlemen," he said.


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In This Issue
Heroin deaths in Milwaukee County jump by 72%
2015-2016 Mental Health and Wellness Guide available soon
Child welfare outcomes report
Teen dating violence awareness and prevention resources available online
Event Announcements

TEEN CONNECTION - PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

March 17, 7pm

Broadcast

Please tune in to this upcoming "Teen Connection" broadcast as they will shed light on the prevalence of prescription drug abuse among teens in Wisconsin and will examine statewide efforts to educate teens and their families about the risks of prescription drug abuse. It will air statewide on Wisconsin Public TV and Channel 10.

 

TODAY'S EMERGING DRUG TRENDS - HAS THE THREAT INCREASED?

March 18, 12:30pm

Webinar

Registration and more information available online.

 

ADA & CIVIL RIGHTS BROWN BAG EVENT

March 18, 11am

Milwaukee, WI

Informational flyer available here.

 

FOSTERING SUCCESS

Various

UW STOUT

See the informational flyers for the middle school program, high school program, and summer overnight program.

 

TOGETHER FOR CHILDREN CONFERENCE

April 15

Lake Geneva, WI

Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee (PSGM) is offering a new support group for young adults who have lost someone to suicide. 

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
April 15
Milwaukee, WI
More information available online.

SAVE THE DATE: 8TH ANNUAL ART SHOW
May 16
Milwaukee, WI
The theme for Neu Life's art show this year is I CAN BE ANYTHING. Please join for a delicious lunch and an inspiring show.
Funding Opportunities

YOUTH IN SERVICE FUND

The Youth In Service Fund provides up to $2500 in mini-grants for the development & implementation of youth-led service projects.
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