Milwaukee Prevention Journal 
February 5, 2018
Issue 7-3

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Yours in prevention,
Elysse Chay 
Prevention Services Manager
Community Advocates
Public Policy Institute 

You never know precisely what message is going to resonate with a young person. But you definitely know when it does.

That was PPI's Jan Buchler's experience when she was listening to young people talking about the impact of Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative programming on their lives. 

The Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative seeks strategies to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect, youth violence and delinquent behavior, youth alcohol and other drug use and abuse, and non-marital pregnancy.

One young man in particular stood out for her during 2017's focus groups. "He told us he used to bully younger kids," she said. "That was the norm in his family -- you picked on the younger kids. But through the program he learned how detrimental that was and how devastating it is to some kids."

He told Buchler: "I stopped being a bully. [The program staff] told me the effect I was having on the younger kids. I don't want to hurt them, so I stopped that."

But the changes didn't stop there. The lessons he learned about bullying made him do a little soul searching about his other questionable behavior.

"He really looked at himself critically," Buchler said. "He told us, 'There might be some other things that I do that are harmful.'"

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Light and Unite Red 
Turned Milwaukee County Red 
for Substance Abuse Awareness

Community Advocates was one of the 40-plus partners in Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division's Light and Unite Red activities during National Drug and Alcohol Facts week, January 22-28. Public Policy Institute and Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition members were highly involved in so many events, including providing resources in the reception area of Community Advocates' downtown offices; answering the phones during the WTMJ phone bank on substance abuse; promoting #LightUniteRed on social media; doing outreach at resource fairs in South Milwaukee, at Shorewood High School, and at Southridge Mall -- and, of course, turning Milwaukee County red!

New Suicide Prevention Course Leaders Trained

The Public Policy Institute was proud to sponsor the training of seven local prevention workers to lead the Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention (Question - Persuade - Refer) course. The new trainers are Natalie Cooper, Healistry LLC; DeShanda Williams, Pathfinders Milwaukee; De'Shawn Ewing, The Parenting Network; Syd Robinson, MKE LGBT Community Center; Elysse Chay, PPI Prevention Services Manager; PPI's Jeremy Triblett, ReCAST MKE Resource Coordinator; and PPI's Jazzmyne Adams, AWY Prevention Coordinator. If you're interested in learning how to prevent a suicide, or participate in other professional trainings offered by the Public Policy Institute, contact Elysse Chay at

MCSAP Members Give 
MU Basketball Fans a 
Dose of Reality

You never know who you're going to meet when you're doing substance abuse prevention outreach at a Marquette men's basketball game. During a recent tabling opportunity, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett stopped by to chat with PPI's Jazzmyne Adams, Prevention Coordinator for the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth, and John Eshun, Coordinator for the 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project

The  Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP)  has partnered with  Learfield   Marquette University Men's Basketball , the   Partnership for Success Dose of Reality , and the  Marquette Police Department  to host a multifaceted campaign to warn of the dangers of prescription drug overdose. 

MCSAP members will be at two more games this season: on  Wednesday, February 21, when Marquette takes on St. John's University, and on Saturday, March 3, when Marquette plays Creighton University. Stop by and say hello!

Virginia Eubanks, Author of "Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor"
Monday, February 5

In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks explores how new technology is working against poor and working-class citizens with data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models.

Naomi Klein raved, "This book is downright scary -- but with its striking research and moving, indelible portraits of life in the digital poorhouse, you will emerge smarter and more empowered to demand justice." 

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is cosponsoring Eubanks' talk with Boswell Book Co. and the Milwaukee Public Library. This event is free and open to the public on Monday, February 5, from 6:30 t0 7:30 p.m., at the Central Library's Richard E. and Lucille Krug Rare Books Room, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Space is limited so please register by calling 414-286-3011 or clicking here. Books will be available for sale at the event.

Jeffery Roman Moves On
We at the Public Policy Institute are very sad to say goodbye to Jeffery Roman, who served most recently as our Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative Benchmark Coordinator. Jeffery has spent his four-plus years at PPI primarily focused on improving opportunities for and empowering the city's men and boys of color.  Jeffery is a passionate advocate and creative coalition builder who has added so much to our team. Jeffery plans to use his skills as a full-time consultant and continue his involvement with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Youth Justice Milwaukee. We'll miss working with Jeffery as part of the PPI team but look forward to partnering with him in his new role in the community.

sponsorshipSponsorship Opportunity
Community Advocates 
Public Policy Institute
10th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, April 26
Special Guest 
Richard Rothstein

On April 26, 2018, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute will celebrate our 10th anniversary with a special night at the Milwaukee Public Museum featuring keynote speaker Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction. Local historian Reggie Jackson, Head Griot of America's Black Holocaust Museum, will also address the audience.

Richard Rothstein

Reggie Jackson

The Public Policy Institute is now offering organizations an opportunity to sponsor this one-of-a-kind event. Benefits vary based on sponsorship level, but they include access to a VIP reception with Rothstein and Jackson, tickets to the main event, complimentary copies of The Color of Law , and recognition in all promotional materials. Individual tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. 

Contact PPI Deputy Director Kari Lerch at or 414-270-2950 for details.

Save the Date
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin 2018 Annual Conference
Promoting Resilience and Hope to Prevent Suicide
Friday, April 13

Prevent Suicide Wisconsin's eighth annual conference is targeted to school professionals, emergency services, law enforcement, mental health and AODA professionals, veteran groups, clergy, health care providers, community coalitions and anyone interested in suicide prevention on the local and state level. Keynote speaker Mettie Spiess, CWP, has trained more than 15,000 students, educators, and corporate leaders in her signature "Empowered Voices Save Lives!" program and support curriculum. 

Pre-conference trainings will be held on Thursday, April 12. Sponsorships and exhibiting opportunities are available. The conference will be held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Registration will open in early February on Prevent Suicide Wisconsin's website.

2018 Trauma in Our Community Conference
Wednesday, June 20

The UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education is hosting Trauma in Our Community, which is intended for teachers, school and youth counselors, psychologists, social workers, medical providers, parents, and those interested in addressing the vital subject of trauma care throughout the community. The daylong conference will be held on Wednesday, June 20; cost: $199, or $179 if registered by May 30. This conference qualifies for 0.7 Continuing Education Units and seven Continuing Education Hours. Register here. 
Wisconsin Zero Suicide Training
June 21-22

Mental Health America of Wisconsin is inviting applications from eligible entities to participate in a two-day Wisconsin Zero Suicide Training. Zero Suicide is a quality improvement initiative that includes both a cultural shift in addressing suicide prevention within organizations and a set of best practices. 

Participants will learn the seven elements of Zero Suicide and be guided in developing an implementation plan. Accepted applicants will also participate in a one year learning community to support their implementation of Zero Suicide. Eligible organizations are health care or behavioral health organizations that are ready to adopt and implement a Zero Suicide approach and whose client population includes adults with Serious Mental 3 Illnesses or youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances. 

An applicant teleconference will be held on February 23. Applications are due March 23. The training will be held Thursday, June 21, and Friday, June 22, in Wisconsin Dells.

ARTREACH | A Youth Art Exhibit on Human Trafficking
Tuesday, February 6

Meet the youth artists behind the ARTREACH exhibit at this reception at the Milwaukee Public Library (814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee). ARTREACH is an artwork-based, youth-focused human trafficking awareness and prevention program sponsored by Neu-Life Community Development and the Zonta Club of Milwaukee. Agencies offering support to trafficking victims will be available for conversation and will have supplementary information onsite. This event is free and open to the public.   Register here.

Financial Literacy Workshop
Wednesday, February 7
This workshop, "360 Finance: Be Life Confident for Larger Living," is part of a collaboration with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and AssociatedBank, who will facilitate the workshop. This event is designed to provide members of the community with an opportunity to receive the tools they need to reach their financial goals. Vendors including the YMCA, Children's Hospital, Safe & Sound Inc., Associated Bank, and WIOA Youth, Adult and Dislocated Worker Program will also be on site to offer additional resources.

"360 Finance" will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, at the Northside YMCA, 1350 W. North Ave., Milwaukee. The Northside YMCA will also offer complimentary Kid Zone during the workshop for the first 20 participants to arrive and sign-in. (Limit two children per participant.)

Questions? Call 414-265-9622 or stop by the Northside YMCA.

A Mother's Voice Input Groups
February 10-March 10
These input groups, sponsored by the Marquette Office of Community Engagement and the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, are for mothers of any age living in one of the following neighborhoods: Concordia, Uptown, Clarke Square, Metcalfe Park, or Old Historic Mitchell. The purpose is to hear your experiences and gather your input for responding to neighborhood violence. P articipants will also get a sneak peek of an excerpt of Milwaukee Rep's production of "Until the Flood," written by noted playwright Dael Orlandersmith and based on interviews conducted with community members in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Childcare, $10 stipends, and light refreshments are provided, but space is limited so RSVPs are required. Call 414-239-8555, email, or click here.

The next input groups are:
  • Concordia: Saturday, February 10, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, 2819 W. Richardson Place, Milwaukee
  • Clarke Square: Saturday, February 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Journey House, 2110 W. Scott St., Milwaukee
  • Old Historic Mitchell: Saturday, March 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Mitchell Street Library, 906 W. Historic St., Milwaukee
  • Uptown: Saturday, March 10, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee
Prevent Stress from Affecting Your Health, Life, and Productivity
Monday, February 12
Learn how stress affects your physiologically, physically, emotionally, and behaviorally and receive simple but powerful techniques to ease your mental and emotional distress in less than a minute. Performance psychologist Dr. Tony Piparo is an internationally bestselling author, speaker, coach, and award-winning researcher who works with athletes and top business professionals. Details: Monday, February 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Milwaukee Public Library Central Branch (814 W. Wisconsin Ave.).

Interrogating Whiteness
Tuesday, February 13
This event will gather community members to discuss racial identity and whiteness: What does it mean to be white? How can we interrogate whiteness? The program will begin with an introduction by Martha Barry, an instructor for the  YWCA's "Unlearning Racism" course, followed by the stories of several Ex Fabula fellows and Listening Circles facilitated by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion. The program will be held on Tuesday, February 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Zeidler Center (located inside Redeemer Lutheran at 631 N. 19th St. Milwaukee). Click here to RSVP for this free event.

Youth Rising:
Our Community, Our Solution 
Saturday, February 17
Young people ages 12 to 24 are invited to the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP's 2018 inaugural, "Youth Rising: Our Community, Our Solution." Activities include a learn and lunch with Keynote Speaker MK Asante, plus youth-led workshops, community building, and a call to action. 

Presented by the City of Milwaukee, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, Social Development Commission, the Center for Self Sufficiency, the Office of African American Affairs, the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin, and Employ Milwaukee. 

Details: Saturday, February 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Holy Redeemer School, 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way, Milwaukee. This event is free but RSVPs are a must at this link. Registration closes on February 14. Questions? Contact NAACP Milwaukee President Fred Royal at 414-562-1000 or

Wisconsin LGBTQ Summit
Saturday, February 24
Diverse & Resilient and Fair Wisconsin Education Fund are sponsoring the Wisconsin LGBTQ Summit, which will be focused on building a more skilled and connected network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and allied individuals. 

Attendees will deepen their understanding of issues facing the LGBTQ community; learn what other organizations are doing to advance health, safety, fairness, and inclusion in Wisconsin's LGBTQ community; join efforts to ensure LGBTQ protections in Wisconsin; and network with established and emerging leaders from around the state.

Milwaukee 53206: 
A Community Serves Time Screening
Saturday, February 24
 Parklawn Assembly of God (3725 N. Sherman Blvd.) is hosting this free screening of the documentary "Milwaukee 53206," which chronicles the lives of those living in the Zip code that incarcerates the highest percentage of black men in America. This film also illustrates the high toll incarceration has taken on the hearts, souls and lives of so many Americans and their families across the country.  Immediately following the screening, there will be having a panel discussion on what we can do to support the children, parents, and families affected by mass incarceration. 

The screening will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 24; it's free and open to the public. No need to RSVP, but contact Pastor Jay English at if you have questions.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer 
Education Program
February 24-March 25
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session course for adults living with mental health challenges that provides an educational setting focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope. NAMI Greater Milwaukee will offer the five-weekend program (Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.) beginning Saturday, February 24 through Sunday, March 25, at its offices, 3200 S. Third St., Milwaukee. Register by calling 414-344-0447 or going to

Leading Change: Women, Politics, Advocacy & Social Justice
Tuesday, February 27
Women's voices are largely missing from the executive branches of governments and parliaments worldwide. This social justice event, sponsored by the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UW-Milwaukee, is intended to explore women's role in politics and why women are needed now more than ever in the political arena. 

The keynote speaker is author and activist Marianne Williamson; the panel will include Joan M. Prince, Vice Chancellor, Global Inclusion & Engagement, UW-Milwaukee; Kathy Flores, Statewide LGBTQ Anti-Violence Manager for Diverse & Resilient's Room to Be Safe Program; Susan J. Rose, Professor, Helen Bader School of Social Work, UW-Milwaukee; and Carly Wilson, Program Coordinator for Emerge Wisconsin. 

Details: Tuesday, February 27, 5 to 9 p.m., UWM Ballroom, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required here.

MC3 Change Agent Meeting
Wednesday, February 28
The Milwaukee Comprehensive Care Collaborative (MC3) and Milwaukee County are sponsoring "I Am Listening: Trauma Informed Courtroom Practices" presented by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Everett Mitchell from 1-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee. No RSVP is necessary.

Advancing Racial Equity: 
The Role of Government
Wednesday, March 7
The Government Alliance on Race and Equity, in partnership with The Wisconsin Racial Equity Alliance, is convening on March 7 in Appleton. This event is designed to:
  • Increase understanding of and commitment to racial equity and the role that government can play in advancing it
  • Share local and national racial equity effective practices
  • Further cross-jurisdictional, cross-community, and cross-sector partnerships
This event is an opportunity to learn more about the growing movement to create an effective and inclusive democracy that advances racial equity.

Tickets to this day-long workshop at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel (333 W. College Ave., Appleton) are $50 and can be purchased here.

Wisconsin's Opioid Crisis: A Trauma-Informed Response
March 8-9

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Care and Treatment Services is organizing this two-day training that will explore the link between trauma and opioid abuse, including trauma-informed approaches that addiction professionals can use to more effectively serve clients. The training focus on Thursday, March 8, will be on women, with a presentation by Carol Ackley; on Friday, March 9, it'll be on men with a presentation by Roberto Rodriguez. 

The training will be held at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West, 10499 W. Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa. Cost is $50. Registration is required as space is limited.
Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee Quarterly Coalition Meeting
Friday, March 9
Special guest Amy Parry from the Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin will discuss the role of the Milwaukee County Child Death Review Team and opportunities for collaboration. This meeting of Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 9, at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. First Street, Milwaukee. 

presentationsCall for Presentations
2018 Annual Youth Worker Conference
Thursday, June 14

The Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals (WACYCP) and the Association of Children's Residential Centers (ACRC) are seeking presentations for the 2018 Annual Youth Care Conference, to be held on Thursday, June 14, at the Junior Achievement Kohls Education Center in Milwaukee. Each workshop should be 90 minutes long and aimed at youth care workers who work with youth ages 7 to 24. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 23, at 5 p.m. Central. 

awardAward Opportunities
2018 Annual HOPES Award

The HOPES Award is given annually at the Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference in April to an individual or organization who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to suicide prevention. The award gets its name from HOPES-Helping Others Prevent and Educate About Suicide, an organization of suicide loss survivors which set the standard for such dedication through their leadership of Wisconsin suicide prevention efforts over a 19-year period. Deadline for submissions is March 2. Details here.
2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year
EY, Junior Achievement, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction seek to recognize an individual in grades 5-12 who has turned a business idea into a reality and realized an operating business. Applicants must be an owner or manager of a private or public company (can be a seasonal business) that has been in operation since April 19, 2017. One winner will receive a scholarship or cash prize of $1,000 and will be recognized at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame and Ernst & Young Regional Award Banquet. All finalists will be recognized on YouTube. Deadline for applications is February 23.

fellowshipFellowship Opportunity
USDN Equity Diversity Inclusion Fellowship

The City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) is seeking qualified applicants for a 2018 Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) Equity Diversity Inclusion Fellowship. The fellow will work full time with the ECO this summer to advance the city's sustainability and equity goals. They will lead a project that is inclusive of underserved and under-represented communities and responsive to their needs and priorities. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through early March.

resourcesResearch & Resources
Free Legal Clinic for Homeless and Transitional Youth
Wednesdays in February

Pathfinders (4200 N. Holton St., Milwaukee) is hosting Project Street Youth's free legal clinics on the next four Wednesdays (February 7, 14, 21, and 28). Attorneys will be on hand for free consultations regarding legal issues facing homeless and transitional youth, including landlord/tenant issues, child support, name changes, driver's licenses, and more. Please bring all important documentation with you.
  A National and Across-State Profile on Adverse Childhood Experiences among U.S. Children and Possibilities to Heal and Thrive 
Based on data from the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health, this brief provides a wealth of data and insights for those interested in learning more about the impact of ACEs on children and communities.

Health Disparities and Stress among Minority and 
Low-Income People

A new report from the American Psychological Association found that people with low incomes and members of racial/ethnic minorities experience greater levels of stress than their more affluent, white counterparts, which can lead to significant disparities in both mental and physical health that ultimately affect life expectancy. " Stress is one of the top 10 social determinants of health inequities," said Elizabeth Brondolo, Ph.D., chair of an APA working group that wrote the report.

Entendamos el trauma infantil/Understanding Child Trauma 

From SAMHSA: Este folleto enseña a los padres y cuidadores sobre los tipos de estrés traumático en los jóvenes. Explica el impacto que pueden tener los eventos traumáticos en la salud física y psicológica, e incluye una lista de recursos para ayudar con la recuperación.

Tracking the Impact of Early Abuse and Neglect
This new study published in Child Development
found that children who experience abuse and neglect early in life are more likely to have problems in society relationships and underachieve academically as adults. In fact, early maltreatments can have negative effects that can be seen nearly three decades later.

Our Partners & Allies Are Seeking...

Elysse Chay
CA-PPI Prevention Services Manager
728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee WI 53233  |  414-270-6936