December 21, 2015
Happy New Year!             

Welcome to the first Prevention Journal of 2016!  I'm honored to work with a community of social justice advocates who specialize in promoting health and opportunities with young people in Milwaukee.  Ours is some of the most important work being done to level the playing field and make Milwaukee a better place to grow up.

I'm excited to take on the role of Prevention Services Manager and I can't wait to learn more about your work. As for me, I'm a Milwaukee native who loves to find ways to amplify the voices of our young people. Please feel free to tell me more about you!

Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay Wageman
Prevention Services Manager, Public Policy Institute
Index ranks Milwaukee in top third of cities for fostering black male achievement
Milwaukee ranks in the top third of major U.S. cities in its effort to create an environment for black males to meet their educational, work and personal life goals, according to a recently published national index that measures black male achievement.

Milwaukee scored 63 out of 100 points, ranking it 16th out of 50 U.S. cities, right below Chicago and just above Newark, N.J. in the Campaign for Black Male Achievement City Index. Detroit, Oakland and Washington, D.C. were the top three cities.

FACT is spreading the truth about tobacco in Milwaukee!
On December 16th, two FACT teens, Dejah and Destiny, recapped the 2015 accomplishments of their tobacco-prevention group. Neu-Life's urban gardening cooking club, Farmfork, catered the event.
FACT is a youth-driven movement of Wisconsin Teens who choose to spread the truth about tobacco to their peers. The City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance partners with Neu-Life Community Development to coordinate a FACT group, which is currently 20 members strong! Throughout 2015, these awesome youth facilitated an array of eye-catching and unique activities in the community, called "FACTivisms" to educate and inform their peers. Community Advocates is proud of these youth and their leadership in health and prevention in Milwaukee. 
Milwaukee guns deaths equivalent to ten San Bernardinos
When Milwaukee's 2015 homicide toll recently bounced over 140, the news rated barely a few short paragraphs describing the incident in the local newspaper.  Yet, the 140 deaths are the equivalent of ten occurrences like that in San Bernardino where 14 were killed on December 2.

Proposed law gives cities more power over tobacco licenses
Wisconsin lawmakers are circulating a bill for co-sponsors that would give municipalities the power to suspend, revoke or refuse to renew tobacco licenses of businesses with documented nuisance activity, such as drug dealing and prostitution. The process would be very similar to how cities deal with businesses licensed to sell alcohol, said State Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee).

"This framework of local government oversight and putting some standards of business operation on the (alcohol) license has really worked to maintain good businesses in our neighborhood," Goyke said. "The same is not true for those that sell tobacco."

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In This Issue
Index ranks Milwaukee in top third of cities for fostering black male achievement
FACT is spreading the truth about tobacco in Milwaukee!
Milwaukee gun deaths equivalent to ten San Bernadinos
Proposed law gives cities more power over tobacco licenses
Event Announcements
Beginning January
Milwaukee, WI
FREE, 16 week evidence-based program designed to enhance family communication, establish healthy and safe routines and to break the cycle of addiction. More information here.

January 21-22
Milwaukee, WI
Join us for the 29th Annual Walker's Point Nurturing Program training and experience the power of the Nurturing Program. For more information or to register, please call 414.645.3300 or email MaryPat O'Hara.

Jan. 25-29
Milwaukee, WI
Participating members are encouraged to post, tweet, email, text, or share anyway possible. To show our unity as a community to address substance abuse in our communities partners are asked to showcase their red. To get involved and to be listed as a partnering organization,
email or call Annie Short at 414-257-7944. More information here.

Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee CAN (Change Addiction Now) is a support group for anyone whose life has been affected by substance use and/or addiction. We recognize that this disease impacts not only those with the addiction, but also their friends and family. If you have similar life experiences, please join us. Milwaukee Area CAN meets on the 2nd Monday of every month, 6:00 PM to 7:30 at the Shorewood Library 3920 N. Murray Ave., Shorewood, WI.
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