Autumn 2021
Public Policy Institute Insights
Friends –

As the daylight gets shorter, we’re making the most of our days. Unlike last year, we’ve been more active in the community this fall to get resources and information to our friends and neighbors. Our prevention team has been very visible in Milwaukee—they've done outreach at high school football games in partnership with My24's Friday Night Rivals series, at COA Youth & Family Centers' Goldin Fest, and at the Milky Way Drive-In, to name a few events. A few staff members were even able to attend the American Public Health Association's annual meeting in Denver so they can implement new initiatives in our community. Our policy team continues to educate and advocate for nonpartisan policies that will alleviate poverty, such as subsidized transitional jobs, smart housing legislation, and wise use of federal relief dollars. Read on for details about our Autumn 2021 projects. And thanks, as always, for your support.

In partnership,

Kari Southern
Deputy Director
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
Milwaukee Career & Employment Summit
Thursday, November 11
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parklawn Assembly of God
3725 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee
All Are Welcome | Masks Are Required
The Milwaukee Career & Employment Summit seeks to bridge historical divisions in our Milwaukee community and provide better opportunities for employment for all.
The Summit will offer testimonies from individuals who have overcome significant obstacles to employment, and presentations by employers and agencies who have a track record of employing people with obstacles to employment.
The Summit will also host a Career and Employment fair where those seeking careers and jobs will interface with employers and agencies who can offer good careers, jobs, and career enhancement programs.
What to expect:
10 a. m.: Welcome, panel discussion & community dialogue
11 a. m.- 2 p.m.: Career summit job fair & resource fair
  • Job Fair: Up to 30 employers with immediate job openings, including Advocate Aurora Health & Harrigan Solutions
  • Career Presentations: How to get into good careers, including construction trades, and the water, lead abatement, and energy efficiency sectors
  • Resource Fair: 20 agencies that help people overcome barriers to employment, including High School Diploma & Drivers License Recovery
  • Free food & drawings for gift cards

Location: Parklawn Assembly of God, 3725 N. Sherman Blvd. Milwaukee, WI 53216
Sponsored by KOHL's
Partners: Employ Milwaukee, Coalition on Lead Emergency, MATC, MICAH, Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Collaborative, Project Return, Running Rebels, Urban Underground, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, US Department of Justice, Eastern District of Wisconsin, US Probation and Pretrial Services, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Community Services, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
Kira Hankins Joins PPI's Prevention Team
We're pleased to announce that Kira Hankins has joined PPI as the Coordinator of the Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success grant. Kira is a recent graduate of UW-La Crosse, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and Community Health Education. She also worked with Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, where she served as a Crisis Counselor helping the community navigate the pandemic and its stressors and also planned and implemented a free clothing giveaway event and vaccination pop up events.

The SPF-PFS grant focuses on preventing alcohol, marijuana, and e-cigarette use among 9-20 year olds in Milwaukee County. Coalition partners include Cudahy Health Department, Hales Corners Health Department, Oak Creek Health Department, Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Volition Franklin, and West Allis-West Milwaukee. We think Kira will do great work with her coalition partners.
Spooky Mocktail Videos
To prove that you can get in the spirit of Halloween without alcohol, the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP), which is coordinated by PPI, partnered with Sarah Hofman on a series of videos featuring spooky mocktails, such as the Creepy Eyeball Punch and the Witch’s Heart. You can watch all of them on MCSAP’s Facebook page.
PPI and Counter Tools Retail Survey
Volunteer Opportunity
We’re trying to better understand the local retail environment and how young people are influenced by the marketing and access in stores, focusing on tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaping products, and alcohol. PPI and Counter Tools have designed an assessment survey to provide information on pricing, item placement, and ads. We’re looking for volunteers to help us collect this information by December 15. Prizes will be awarded to volunteers who reach certain benchmarks. Interested? Contact Martha Ghebregziabiher by email:
PPI In the News
Did You Receive Your Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments?
It’s not too late! You could be eligible for up to $3,600 per child to help with the cost of raising kids! File before November 15 to claim your advance Child Tax Credit and missed stimulus payments. Visit today to find out how to get your Child Tax Credit.
Tsunami of Support for Tenants and Landlords
Community Advocates continues to administer the rental assistance program in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties for those who have lost income due to the pandemic or other hardship. Begin the application process here. Property owners are encouraged to seek out alternative forms of assistance before turning to eviction to settle disputes with tenants. The Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center is always ready to help.
Community Advocates
2021 Board of Directors
President: Jodi Wire | We Energies
Vice President: Bryan House | Foley & Lardner, LLP
Treasurer: Sandra Samse | Johnson Keland Management
Secretary: Sharon Jordan | Direct Supply

Board Members
Sheree Dallas Branch | The Salvation Army
Anne DeLeo | Community Volunteer
Natasha Dotson | Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative
Valerie Gabriel | Community Volunteer
Erin Henry | Northwestern Mutual
Betsy Hoylman | Northwestern Mutual
Gary Ingram | Igary Events
Pamela Klein | Community Volunteer
Jim Liedtke | Community Volunteer
Ashley Pavlic | Medical College of Wisconsin
Alexandra Urrutia-Comas | Advocate Aurora Health
Kate Venne | Brady Corporation
Lisa Kaiser | Community Advocates Public Policy Institute | 414-270-2999  | |