Brighter Futures Sub Grantee Agencies
The following agencies were selected in a competitive process in 2016 to receive up to three years of funding by Community Advocates, Inc., with funds originating with the state of Wisconsin's Brighter Futures program. Click on each agency name to be directed to their websites.
Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center, with The Parenting Network as major and equal partner, will deliver parenting education and support for Milwaukee families to address child abuse and neglect prevention using the Nurturing Program for parents with their adolescents ages 11-17 years old and the Positive Parenting Program targeting parents of youth ages 12-16 years old.
SET Ministry will expand its classroom-based PEACE Program to include middle school youth, their families and their teachers. Youth will learn and practice PEACE concepts in the classroom and in PEACE clubs, based on the evidence-based Families and Schools Together (FAST) model. Youth will demonstrate improved self-control, emotional regulation, group cohesion and reduced problematic behaviors in the classroom and at home. Teachers will integrate the trauma-informed principles of PEACE to create a safe learning environment in the classroom. Parents will improve their parenting skills and interactions, and improve connectedness to the school and other parents to reduce isolation and facilitate healing from trauma.
The Parenting Network will use a tiered approach to provide both universal pregnancy prevention education and selective AODA prevention education. Promoting Health Among Teens (abstinence-only) or Making Proud Choices (comprehensive) will be provided to at-risk populations of middle and high school aged youth. Parents of youth participants will be offered Sex Talk As Real Talk (START) training on how to talk about sexual health with their children. Selective AODA prevention education will be provided to at-risk families including participants in the pregnancy prevention education programs as well as those identified through Milwaukee County Court and Child Welfare, using the Celebrating Families or Strengthening Families Programs.
Milwaukee Christian Center’s Young Professionals Academy works to reduce delinquent behavior and violence among youth while preparing participants to succeed in both the community and workforce. The program targets the most difficult-to-reach youth that are at-risk of Out-of-Home care in some of the most challenged schools in MPS: Bay View, Bradley Tech, James Madison, Pulaski and South Division, and develops peaceful, employed and civically-engaged youth people.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee’s (BGC) goal of Youth Works MKE 2.0 (YWM2) is to reduce youth violence and justice system involvement for participants. Using the CASEL framework, the program provides teen males with a unique blend of socio-emotional learning, career development, subsidized employment and mentoring activities to increase employment skills, self-management and responsible decision-making, while preventing participation in criminal and delinquent activities.
Neu-Life Community Development’s Student Advocate Program is an all-hands-on-deck approach to making sure the teens we serve are successful in making life choices that will lead them to self-sufficiency. The program is preventive case management that gives teens the services they need to avoid becoming involved in the juvenile justice program or out-of-home care systems. Individual goal plans will be completed that outlines the goals, services and needs of each teen. Each teen will receive 4-8 hours per week of services from Neu-Life.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee’s (BBBS) goal is to serve 195 at-risk youth through high-impact, professionally-supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. BBBS will target Milwaukee County youth ages 12-21 who are at risk of being in out-of-home care, with a focus on youth who are from single-parent households, are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch and/or have an incarcerated parent.
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services proposes to expand the home visiting component of our Milwaukee Start Right program and implement Girls Circle support groups in Milwaukee County. Through the home visiting services we will serve at-risk youth ages 12-21 who are pregnant or parenting a child up to age one and are at an increased risk of abusing/neglecting their child, medical/mental health concerns or economic distress. The support groups will provide prevention services for at-risk youth ages 12-21 that are in or at-risk of being in out-of-home care due to poverty or high-risk behaviors. The goals are to prevent incidences of child abuse and neglect through the home visiting services and improve social/interpersonal skills and decision-making among support group participants.
Pathfinders Milwaukee, Inc.
Pathfinders will provide effective interventions that will reduce the effects of trauma with youth transitioning from out-of-home care and youth at-risk of being in out-of-home care, ages 16-21. The goal is to improve each young person’s vocational readiness and increase their demonstrated level of self-sufficiency. This goal will be accomplished through evidence-based and evidence-informed approaches that will reduce trauma-related stress, increase coping mechanisms, reduce the risk of sexual exploitation, reduce dependence on street economies, increase engagement in continuing education and employment, increase housing stability and increase mental health.