News & Updates from Make A Difference - Wisconsin

October 2015 - In This Issue:
Shanice's story: Invest in a teen and change a family

Make A Difference - Wisconsin students at the Miller Park event included, from left, Jeremy, Shanice, Romello & Kalan. 
As Shanice will tell you in her "elevator speech" on Make A Difference - Wisconsin, investing in one teen brings returns for a whole family. Shanice, a junior at Washington High School, shared the financial and business world foundations she said she gained as a student in the Make A Difference Money Coach program during a Donor Appreciation event Sept. 30 at Miller Park. Shanice particularly appreciated the part of Money Coach that covered interviews, resumes and an "elevator speech," all taught by volunteer Ranell Washington, a Washington H.S. alum. Shanice has used those skills in her first job search and also shared the advice with her mother, who was looking for a new career. "When my mom had an interview, she told me she thought about what I told her. And she ended up getting the job." Shanice was one of a group of students at the event from Milwaukee Public Schools who shared their unique Make A Difference stories and successes.
Dr. Darienne Driver
Make A Difference - Wisconsin has been proud to partner with MPS since our inception and we were honored to have Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver join the event and give her impassioned thoughts on the importance of teen financial education and community support. Dr. Driver said she was struck by the power of students who shared financial knowledge with their peers and parents. "You can never underestimate the power of a single action," said Dr. Driver. "Our future really is now, right in front of us, in how [these students] share their experiences with their families."
"Unbelievable" tips fire up volunteers
Webinar training dates still available for those who missed September event

Veteran volunteer Rick Fong fired up volunteers new and old starting with one word: "unbelievable". At the Make A Difference - Wisconsin Fall Volunteer Training on Sept. 21, Fong was part of a group of volunteers and MPS educators who shared impactful, energetic ways to empower teens with financial skills.
If you are interested in volunteering but missed the in-person training session, please consider attending one of our upcoming Volunteer Training Webinars, October 15th or November 7th. To register for either of the upcoming webinars or if you have any questions, please contact volunteer manager Kathy Weinberg-Kinsey at [email protected]  
Did you RSVP yet? 

Annual Appreciation Reception
October 29, 2015, 5:30 - 7:30pm
MillerCoors Visitor Center

Join us to celebrate YOU!  Volunteers, educators, community partners and supporters are invited to our annual Appreciation Reception.

It will be a night of fun, food, beverages and prizes while you connect with staff, board members and fellow supporters who care about youth in our community.

To RSVP, email Amber at [email protected] by October 15th. 
Big ideas: Advisory Council brainstorms on our future

Every year, I find it refreshing to hear the creative and "big picture" thoughts from our Advisory Council. It's a special group of Make A Difference - Wisconsin supporters, some of whom have backed our founder Lloyd Levin's mission of mone
y smart teens since the very beginning. As was evident in our Sept. 30 annual meeting at Miller Park, Advisory Council members continue to bring compassionate, thought-provoking ideas on expanding the organization. I look forward to seeing ideas from Advisory Council members become a reality in the coming year. Their contributions are distinct and vital to our shared mission of providing financial literacy to every teen in Wisconsin.

-Brenda Campbell, President & CEO, Make A Difference - Wisconsin
New staff at Make A Difference - Wisconsin

Stephaine Crosley
Program Manager

Rachel Kauer
Program Manager

Justin Kern
Marketing & Communications Manager
These great supporters help make teens "money smart". Thank you!
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Racine Community Foundation
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WaterStone Bank

Albert & Flora Ellinger Foundation

Anon Charitable Trust

Dorothy Inbusch Foundation

Ettinger Family Foundation

Evinrude Foundation

Helfaer Foundation

Krause Family Foundation

Moster Family Foundation
Peck Foundation

Stella H. Jones Foundation

Stevens Family Foundation

Tate Family Foundation
Waukesha County Community Foundation

Weiss Family Foundation

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Milwaukee, WI  53203 
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