Milwaukee Prevention Journal 
October 9, 2017
Issue 6-42

Thank you for your commitment to making Milwaukee a better place by investing in prevention efforts. Do you have:
  • Job openings?
  • Upcoming events?
  • News to share?
  • Suggestions?

Forward the information to Elysse at Thank you for your service to Milwaukee!

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



Photo credit: Robyn Vining
Spotlight On: 
Senator Baldwin & Senator Booker Make News at Community Advocates

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute was proud to host U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Senator Cory Booker as they unveiled  The Stronger Way Act on Friday.

The senators' legislation aims to reward work and increase incomes by reforming taxes and creating a new partnership to support local jobs programs.

Speaking to a full room of local anti-poverty advocates, policy makers, clergy, and students, Baldwin said, "Too many people are being left behind by Washington, when tax reform should help them get ahead. I believe tax reform should reward the dignity of work, raise incomes for working families, let them keep more of what they earn, and help small businesses create jobs."

Booker said the economy has fundamentally changed since the previous generation was in the workforce, making it more difficult for an average worker to get ahead in today's economy.

"We have a different type of economy that now is benefiting those who are extraordinarily wealthy and making it harder and harder for folks who are working harder and harder to make ends meet," Booker said. "There are literally tens of millions of Americans who work full-time jobs and cannot make ends meet. They find themselves with more month at the end of their money than money at the end of their month."

The Stronger Way Act is rooted in PPI's Working Our Way Out of Poverty policy package, which the Urban Institute found could cut poverty by 50% or more.

"We appreciate working with [Senator Baldwin] on this legislation and making our made-in-Wisconsin ideas come to the national stage," said Community Advocates CEO Andi Elliott.

Stay Strong MKE 2018 
RFP Released

Are you working toward reducing substance use and misuse among Milwaukee youth? If so, consider applying for  Stay Strong MKE grant funding for 2018 . The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute invites proposals from not-for-profit organizations or government entities providing services in Milwaukee County that provide programming and services directed toward the prevention of alcohol and other drug use or abuse (AODA) and misuse among youth. You'll find the RFP and related materials on MCSAP's website

Don't hesitate: We're holding a bidders' conference on Friday, October 20. Submit all questions to PPI Prevention Manager Elysse Chay at by Monday, October 16. Those questions and answers will be posted on MCSAP's site and will be addressed at the bidders' conference.
Tiny Homes for Young Adults Leaving Foster Care

An innovative plan is in the works to allow youth aging out of foster care to live in "tiny homes" -- one-story homes as small as 300 to 350 square feet -- in Riverwest. The project is the result of a partnership of Pathfinders Milwaukee, developer Gorman & Co., and the Milwaukee County Housing Division, on land owned by MATC, which it would lease to Pathfinders for $1. The young people would help to construct the homes as well as live in them as they learn how to live independently and re-integrate into the community after foster care.

"That's a group of young people that we know are vulnerable because we see a third of those ending up in the adult emergency shelter system within the first two years of being in foster care," Tim Baack, President and CEO of Pathfinders, told the City Plan Commission in September.

The City of Milwaukee Plan Commission unanimously rezoned the land for residential development, but a detailed plan still needs to be submitted and approved.  


Save the Date

Community Advocates 
Public Policy Institute
10th Anniversary Celebration
March 8, 2018
Special Guest Richard Rothstein, Author of The Color of Law

On March 8, 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.

Guests will also enjoy private, after-hours access to the Milwaukee Public Museum's recently renovated Streets of Old Milwaukee, one of our city's treasures.  In addition, Rothstein will sign his book, which will be available for sale, and meet special guests that evening.


Coalition News
53206 Drug-Free 
Communities Project: 
Communication and Outreach Work Group Meeting
Tuesday, October 17

The 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project aims to prevent and reduce youth alcohol and marijuana use in the 53206 Zip code. Members of the communication and outreach work group will meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17. If you haven't received details about the meeting, or if you'd like to join this work group, email 53206 DFC Coordinator John Eshun.

Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, October 18

The Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Collaborative is a community effort to secure and increase the number of transitional jobs available in metropolitan Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin as a means of getting people working and increasing the economic well being of all. 

The regular meeting of the collaborative will be held on October 18. If you haven't received an invitation or would like to learn more about the collaborative, email Conor Williams for details.

Youth Justice Milwaukee
Coalition Meeting
Thursday, October 19

Join the movement to improve our juvenile justice system. The next    Youth Justice Milwaukee Coalition    meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Urban Underground, 4850 W. Fond du Lac Avenue. 

To RSVP, email .

And don't forget to support the coalition's efforts by signing their online petition to Gov. Scott Walker to bring our youth home from Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake. 

Community Conversation about Tobacco Marketing to Youth
Saturday, November 4

The City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance and partners are hosting this community conversation about how tobacco products are being marketed in Milwaukee's Central City. The conversation builds on the work tobacco advocates are doing to check out how retailers are selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in a variety of Milwaukee neighborhoods. The Alliance would like to hear from you as well as share their information about the easy availability of tobacco to young people, including the sad fact that in Wisconsin, 2,900 youth become regular smokers each year.

The conversation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Employ Milwaukee, 2338 N. 27th Street in Milwaukee. Lunch will be served. To reserve your spot, register here. 

Keynote Speaker DeAnna Hoskins
2017 Wisconsin Reentry Summit: Instilling Hope, 
Enhancing Partnerships
November 7 & 8

Registration is open for the 2017 Wisconsin Reentry Summit, which will feature keynote speakers Glenn E. Martin of  JustLeadershipUSA, DeAnna Hoskins of the U.S. Department of Justice, and Jon Ponder of  Hope for Prisoners, who will share their personal journeys from incarceration to leadership positions in successful reentry projects.

Breakout sessions include: trauma-informed/healing-focused interventions, workforce training partnership, fatherhood and other family reintegration programs, sex offenders, reentry simulation, 2018 reentry grant programs, transitional housing, and more.

The Reentry Summit should be attended by law enforcement officers, Department of Corrections personnel, employers, prosecutors, victim advocates, social workers, community groups, faith-based leaders, social service agencies, and government officials. 

The summit, sponsored by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel, 6401 S. 13th Street, Milwaukee, on Tuesday, November 7, and Wednesday, November 8. The fee for the summit will be $60 per person, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch on both days.

To obtain more information about the event, lodging, or the registration form, contact Ken Gales, Reentry Coordinator, at or 414-297-1923 or Dean Puschnig, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at or 414-297-1774.


Call for Presentations/Proposals
18th Annual Alcohol Policy Conference
April 11-13, 2018

The 18th Annual Alcohol Policy Conference, convened by the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance, will be held in April 2018 in Washington, D.C., and will focus on translating alcohol policy research into public health practice by building an evidence-based social movement. 

Organizers are seeking proposal abstracts for next year's conference, either as oral presentations (15-minute spoken presentation plus five-minute Q&A; 90-minute panel presentation; or 90-minute interactive workshop presentation) or a poster presentation highlighting prevention principles in research and practice. The deadline is October 20 at midnight Eastern. 

You can find details on suggested focus areas and submission requirements on the conference's website

National Conference on 
Addiction Disorders
August 19-22, 2018

The National Conference on Addiction Disorders  is accepting presentation submissions for its next summit, scheduled for August 2018 in Anaheim, California. NCAD will consider presentations on any topic related to addiction treatment, including prevention/intervention, professional development, and holistic care. Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 20, 9 a.m. Eastern. For details, go to NCAD's website.   


Milwaukee County Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities Training
Tuesday, October 31

This training is tailored for service providers and other community partners who work with African American children and their families in Milwaukee County. Participants will hear from county staff about supports available for youth with disabilities, including mental health needs, and their families. A panel of family members and advocates will convene for tips for supporting and engaging families and resources to support them. 

The event will be held Tuesday, October 31, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Zoofari Conference Center, 10001 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee. Space is limited! Register here.


On the Table: Milwaukee 53206
Tuesday, October 17

Safe & Sound and St. Sebastian School and Parish (1747 N. 54th Street, Milwaukee) are hosting a screening of the one-hour documentary Milwaukee 53206: A Community Serves Time as part of the On the Table event on Tuesday, October 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. After the viewing, Safe & Sound staff will facilitate small group discussion revolving around the film and Milwaukee's social climate. A complimentary meal and child care will be provided. RSVP here .

  Please contact Cacy Kemp, Associate Director at Safe & Sound, with questions at .

Community Conversations
October 21 through November 1

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is hosting a series of conversations for those who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration, mental health, and poverty. 

The talks will be held on:
  • Saturday, October 21, 1 to 3 p.m., at Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
  • Thursday, October 26, 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the MLK Library, 310 W. Locust Street
  • Wednesday, November 1, 6 to 8 p.m., at Mill Road Library, 6431 N. 76th Street

Contact Davette Baker at 414-236-7229 with any questions.

Mental Health Awareness Day
Wednesday, October 25

MATC's downtown Milwaukee campus (700 W. State Street) is sponsoring a day devoted to mental health awareness, culminating in a performance of Pieces: In My Own Voice, written and produced by advocate Brenda Wesley. The thought-provoking play depicts the lives of people living with a mental health diagnosis so audience members can "experience the darkness of stigma and the light of recovery." Pieces will be held in the Cooley Auditorium; registration and networking is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., when the performance will begin.

Earlier that day, MATC will host mental health resource tables in the S-Building Atrium from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The mental health workshop "Recovering and Adverse Childhood Experiences" will be held at 12 noon in the Cooley Auditorium. Go to MATC's website for more details.

Settlement House 
Neighborhood Summit 2017
Wednesday, October 25

United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee presents its second Settlement House Neighborhood Summit at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25. 

The summit brings together leading experts and practitioners in place-based community development from across Milwaukee neighborhoods. The agenda highlights solutions that address community-level changes and barriers to authentic resident engagement. Learn how the person-centered, strengths-based approach of the settlement house model can overcome structural and systemic barriers to achieve meaningful change in our neighborhoods. 

From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., celebrate the work done by the residents who participated in the Community Connections Small Grants Program, which has supported the work of residents in 23 Milwaukee and Waukesha neighborhoods since 2014. 

Starting Point's
Positive Parenting Program

Starting Point in Mequon is sponsoring three Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) workshops in the autumn for parents with common child-raising challenges.

  • November 7: Managing fighting and aggression
  • November 9: Developing good bedtime routines
  • December 4: Hassle-free shopping with children
  • December 6: Dealing with disobedience
All workshops are offered in the morning (9:30 to 10:45 a.m.) and the evening (6:30 to 7:45 p.m.). Sign up by calling 262-241-1004 or emailing Parents of kids ages 2 through 12 with a specific parenting issue can schedule a session with a Triple P coach as well.

Owen's Place

Owen's Place is a free resource drop-in center for young adults ages 16-24. Peer staffed, Owen's Place aims to assist young adults in learning skills that will help them achieve independence. Owen's Place offers a broad range of supports such as living, working, learning, health, and safety. Activities offered include weekly/monthly activities (cooking classes, movie night, family game night, etc.). 

Owen's Place is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 2 to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please contact Owen's Place for more information at 414-977-4249 or at or stop by 4610 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., Milwaukee.

Funding Opportunity
Crime Prevention Grants

Grant funding from the City of Milwaukee Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC), LISC Milwaukee, and State Farm is available for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) projects. Projects should address a current crime or safety problems by using CPTED principles. Applications are due by Friday, October 13, a 4 p.m. For details, click here . 


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