April 25, 2016

We thank you for reading this edition of the Prevention Journal! As always, please keep us informed of your coming events, job opportunities, grant availability, and other activities. Your ideas and feedback are welcomed.

Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay Wageman
Prevention Services Manager, Public Policy Institute
PPI Spotlight: Public Policy Institute
Click here to watch the video.
In our final PPI Spotlight video, our former Director and Senior Advisor, Rob Cherry, discusses how the Public Policy Institute targets poverty through policy, prevention, and convening.

Thanks for watching, liking, and sharing! Check out all of the videos on our blog.
MCSAP announces second "Let's Be Blunt" contest
The Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP) is launching our second "Let's Be Blunt" contest", designed to give Milwaukee youth a voice in developing messaging on how to talk to their peers about marijuana use.
Out of our 2015 contest arose the county-wide "Let's Be Blunt" campaign.  Based on the success of the contest last year, we are once again engaging youth in 2016 to expand messaging that resonates with teens.
Check out our flyer for more information on how to participate, and contact Kasaundra Brown if you have any questions.
Ken Germanson receives Lifetime Achievement Award
We congratulate our employee Ken Germanson, who was recently the inaugural winner of the Amy Mendel-Clemens Lifetime Achievement Award from HealthWatch Wisconsin. The award recognizes Ken's long commitment to health care and coverage advocacy, as well as his ongoing advocacy in many other areas, especially for those who struggle with poverty. We are proud of you, Ken!
Neu-beginnings: Learning runs two ways between Marquette students and students at Neu-Life
It's Thursday night at Neu-Life Community Development, and the youth organization's headquarters on Milwaukee's north side is hopping. A couple dozen young people stay for dinner, a fettuccine alfredo cook-off led by the young chefs in Farmfork, Neu-Life's culinary and urban agriculture club. A poetry class prepares for a black history program. A young man teaches dance. The Neu-Life basketball team preps for a game.

Between Neu-Life's three sites - its main location at Bethel Baptist Church, Gwen T. Jackson Early Childhood and Elementary School, and Milwaukee High School of the Arts - the organization annually serves 1,200 Milwaukee children ages 3-18 and beyond.

Inequality is about so much more than money
Researchers know that it's expensive to be poor. But they are only beginning to understand the sum of the financial, psychological, and cultural disadvantages that come with poverty.

Tamara Grigsby Memorial Scholarship Fund
When former State Representative Tamara Grigsby passed away this March at the young age of 41, Wisconsin lost a great advocate and champion for justice.  Many of us had the opportunity to work with Representative Grigsby and admired her dedication to securing equality, fairness, and opportunity for Wisconsinites - and her passion to improving opportunities for low income individuals and families, including her Milwaukee constituents. 

Tamara's family and friends held a Memorial Service in Madison last month and honored Tamara's legacy with the establishment of the Tamara Grigsby Memorial Scholarship Fund. Additional information about the Fund and opportunities to donate can be found here.
Join Our Mailing List!
In This Issue
PPI Spotlight: Public Policy Institute
MCSAP announces second "Let's Be Blunt" contest
Ken Germanson receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Neu-beginnings: Learning runs two ways between Marquette students and students at Neu-Life
Inequality is about so much more than money
Tamara Grigsby Memorial Scholarship Fund
Event Announcements
April 27
Milwaukee, WI
This FREE Stewards of Children workshop is offered by The Parenting Network as a part of the community-wide commemoration of Denim Day on April 27. Informational flyer available here.

April 30
Milwaukee, WI
Drop off your unused medications on National Take-Back Day! More information and locations available  here.

May 4-5
Brookfield, WI
Drug focuses include: tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, prescriptions and heroin. Informational flyer can be found here.

May 8, 3-6pm
Milwaukee, WI
Informational flyer can be found here.

May 14
Milwaukee, WI
Neu Life is hosting its annual art show/auction and local food luncheon! More information and registration available here.

June 2
Milwaukee, WI
Informational brochure available here.

Shorewood, 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. 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.
         Brighter Futures

The Prevention Journal is brought to you by the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute . For more information on each of our prevention programs, click on their respective logos above.