Friday, October 9, 2015
New app inventories thousands of after-school activities for area youth
Milwaukee’s Center for Youth Engagement has brought to life a free mobile application that maps a broad sweep of after- and out-of-school activities for area students.
The Beyond the Bell app, launched on Thursday, acts as a hub for youth-focused community activities as it inventories more than 1,000 after-school programs and services run by more than 200 area organizations.
The Center for Youth Engagement, an organization that aims to enhance the quality and accessibility of programming for underserved youth, partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s App Brewery to develop the app. Student developers working for the App Brewery donated their time and expertise to get the app market-ready.
The Center for Youth Engagement also produced the app in collaboration with Creative Associates International, a Washington, D.C.-based development organization that prioritizes youth engagement in its work to solve global challenges.
The app is part of a broader Beyond the Bell initiative aiming to build capacity among area youth service providers.
Design and development of the mobile tool spanned a year, according to Reggie Moore, founder and senior strategist of the Center for Youth Engagement, and relied heavily on the input of area youth, who collected up-to-date information on existing Milwaukee programs.
Youth involvement in the construction of the app was a key part of ensuring the app would be a success, according to Moore.
Often, community discussions surrounding youth highlight youth as recipients of services whereas the app project placed youth at the frontend, Moore said.
“We are extremely proud of everybody that’s been involved in making this project possible and seeing it come to fruition,” he said. “This is a gift to our community, and the young people who’ve been a part of that should be commended.”
To maintain the Beyond the Bell app, the Center for Youth Engagement plans to review the program and activity data it houses on a quarterly basis, Moore said.
The organization also plans to augment app capabilities with the addition of a search bar and other functions in future versions of the tool.
The app is currently available for Android users and will also be available on the iOS operating system in the coming days. The Center for Youth Engagement looks to launch a marketing campaign surrounding the tool as it also continues to promote the benefits of after- and out-of-school programming as well as reinforce the quality of youth-focused programming.
YWCA to add High School Equivalency Diploma program
The Young Women’s Christian Association’s local chapter will introduce a High School Equivalency Diploma program as part of its educational offerings, after receiving program approval from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin centers on empowering women and includes workforce development in its core focus areas.
The new High School Equivalency Diploma program, intended to help individuals who have not completed high school secure a high school-level diploma, will be operated in the YWCA’s Community Adult Learning Lab, located at 334 W. Brown Street in Milwaukee. The learning lab is home to GED Certificate courses, personalized instructions and financial education and serves as a setting for Pearson Vue testing.
YWCA’s program, similar to other HSED programs in the state, will be open to Wisconsin residents who have lived in the state for at least 10 days or who are migrant workers. Program students must be at least 18½ years old and have not graduated from high school or currently be studying at a public or private high school. Students must also have had to previously tried to secure a GED Certificate.
Students must be referred to the HSED program by an adult education professional, such as a teacher, tutor or administrator, and must complete a Test of Adult Basic Education.
Additional economic and residential criteria apply to the program.
“Adding the HSED program to our list of services gives us yet another way we can help people access better job opportunities,” Paula Penebaker, president and chief executive officer of YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, said in a statement. “We have a great team assembled with the experience to deliver a strong program.”
The YWCA will partner with the Adult Learning Center to facilitate remediation classes for individuals needing significant academic help. The partnership will allow the YWCA to work with as many clients as possible and give them individualized attention when necessary.
Students who earn an HSED through YWCA’s program will have opportunities to continue their education at Milwaukee Area Technical College, which also partners with the organization by helping staff the Community Adult Learning Lab.
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is still determining the launch date of the new program.
Wixon gifts more than $22,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation
St. Francis-based Wixon donated $22,245 from its pot of golf outing proceeds – a record $42,500 – to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin.
The company, which manufactures seasonings and flavors for the food and beverage industry, presented its donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin on Thursday. The company has contributed more than $145,000 to Make-A-Wish in the last 14 years with a tradition of donating half of its golf outing proceeds to the organization each year.
Funds from this year’s donation will benefit a handful of children facing life-threatening illnesses, including a 6-year-old boy with leukemia who wants to visit Disney World and a 10-year-old girl with a brain condition who has wished for an above-ground swimming pool.
Wixon plans to gift additional funds from its golf outing to other St. Francis organizations that help families and residents, including organizations that address community needs as well as nursing homes and food banks.
Wixon’s golf outing was held on July 18 and was sponsored by Food Ingredients; Prinova USA; Sensient Natural Ingredients; BCFoods; and Trilogy Essential Ingredients.
New Bublr Bikes stations give UWM students free transportation option
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students will have a new – and free – mode of transportation this school year, thanks to the installation of six new Bublr Bikes stations on campus.
The new stations were introduced to the UWM community during a press conference on Tuesday. The stations are located on the main campus at the Student Union, Sandburg Hall and Golda Meir Library and near student housing sites on North Avenue by Riverview, Kenilworth Square and Cambridge Commons.
Among the Bublr bikes now accessible to students are three UWM-branded bikes with the university’s logo and coloring.
The stations are being covered by $300,000 from student segregated fees, an investment approved by UWM’s Student Senate in order for its students to have a convenient transportation option around campus.
All UWM students can secure a free Bublr pass that guarantees them unlimited hour-long bike trips for one year. Close to 700 students have signed up to receive a pass for the current academic year, according to UWM. The school’s student population exceeds 27,000.
The Bublr Bikes system is made possible through a public-private partnership between the City of Milwaukee and Bublr Bikes, with supplementary support from a variety of other public and private partners.
Bublr Bikes, a Milwaukee nonprofit, have erected 11 bike share stations across downtown Milwaukee and this month are rolling out another 17 stations. The organization aims to grow the bike share system so that it contains more than 100 stations and 1,000 bikes. The nonprofit will continue fundraising in support of its expansion plans.
St. Ann Center to provide dental care with Delta Dental grant
St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care will provide dental care services in a dental clinic at its new facility – currently under construction – with a $150,000 grant from Delta Dental of Wisconsin.
The nonprofit organization, which delivers health and educational services for children, adults, the elderly and individuals with disabilities, could also secure another $50,000 from Delta Dental of Wisconsin if it is able to match donations.
Funds stem from Delta Dental of Wisconsin’s Charitable Fund.
St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care’s new facility, located at N. 25th Street and W. North Avenue in Milwaukee, will be outfitted with three dental chairs that will serve as estimated 400 individuals a year. The facility’s dental clinic will likely open early next year.
The organization aids more than 700 adults with developmental and physical disabilities, more than 80 percent of whom need professional dental care as they face community barriers.
The nonprofit will structure its dental clinic as a place where clients can fulfill their dental needs from childhood through late adulthood.
“Our goal with this grant is to allow St. Ann’s to provide comprehensive care to one of our state’s most vulnerable populations and to help reduce oral health care disparities,” Ann Boson, director of Delta Dental of Wisconsin’s Charitable Fund, said in a press release. “We know there is a strong association between ones’ oral and overall health. Your mouth is the window into what’s going on with the rest of your body. Without appropriate dental resources, a critical piece of necessary care was missing for their clients.”
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*Saturday, Oct. 10, the Milwaukee Art Museum will hold “Yoga @ the Museum,” a morning yoga session for individuals of all skill levels. The yoga class, part of a monthly series, will run from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. in Windhover Hall of the museum, located at 700 N. Art Museum Drive in Milwaukee. The session is made possible through a partnership between the museum and omTown Yogis. Attendees should plan to register ahead of time and bring their own mat. There is a $15 suggested donation, which includes admission to the museum for the day. Proceeds support the museum and omTown Yogis’ Annual Grant Fund. For more information on the yoga session or to register, click here.
*Saturday, Oct. 10, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors will conduct a free tour of southside neighborhood homes for sale. The tour will run through Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park neighborhoods. During the tour, attendees will be guided through a range of homes – from move-in ready properties to properties in need of renovations – and will take in neighborhood amenities. Additionally, attendees will learn about homebuying resources available to them, including $20,000 forgivable loans, homeownership education courses, and loans that are more affordable than rent. LBWN’s tour will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will begin at the Urban Ecology Center, located at 3700 W. Pierce Street in Milwaukee. The organization recommends that interested attendees preregister. For more information or to register, visit www.lbwn.org.
*Monday, Oct. 12, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation will hold a free information session on maximizing budgeting. The event, titled “Budgeting: Making Every Penny Count,” will inform attendees about ways to manage their spending plan in order to balance their budget. The information session will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Northside Library, located at 1500 27th Avenue in Kenosha. For more information or to register, click here.
*Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Milwaukee Public Museum will hold a “Lunch & Lecture” event on sound and music. The monthly lunch series highlights top research initiatives rolling out in Milwaukee. The October event will feature Hal Kacanek, Ph.D., owner of Sounds We Make, LLC. Kacanek’s presentation, titled “Exploring the Global Soundscape: Musical Instruments of MPM and Beyond,” will illuminate the acoustic principles of musical instruments and will discuss the use of musical sound as marks of culture. Kacanek’s presentation will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a buffet lunch scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Attendees can also take part in a docent tour through the museum beginning at 10:30 a.m. “Lunch & Lecture” tickets cost $17 for museum members and $20 for the general public. Individuals who want to attend the lecture only can get admission for $5, and members can get in for free. The Milwaukee Public Museum is located at 800 W. Wells Street in Milwaukee. For more information, click here.
*Friday, Oct. 15, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will hold a workshop focused on grant writing tips and techniques. The workshop, titled “Avoiding the 21 Biggest Grant Writing Traps,” will inform attendees about key mistakes that are important to avoid and strategies that can boost their effectiveness in writing grants and securing funds. The workshop will be led by Janice Wilberg, Ph.D., of Wilberg Community Planning, and will cater to both beginners and advanced nonprofit professionals. The workshop will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Nonprofit Center, located at 2819 W. Highland Boulevard in Milwaukee. Cost is $30 for Nonprofit Center members and CDBG and $60 for non-members. For more information or to register, click here.
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