Issue 6-40  
              September 11, 2017 
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Spotlight On: ReCAST Milwaukee

ReCAST Milwaukee Project Manager Sumaiyah Clark
There's a growing awareness of the impact of trauma on Milwaukee residents following a negative incident, such as the police shootings of Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park or Sylville Smith in the Sherman Park neighborhood, both of which sparked large-scale protests.

Yet, until now, there hasn't been a focused response to community-wide trauma, whether it's the result of distinct events such as the Hamilton or Smith shootings or is more pervasive and long lasting, such as the lingering trauma created by living in a segregated neighborhood with concentrated poverty and violence.

In 2016, the City of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention earned a five-year, $5 million Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is awarded to communities seeking to heal at-risk youth and families after civil unrest.

The ReCAST Milwaukee initiative is housed in the City of Milwaukee Health Department's Office of Violence Prevention and includes a community coalition coordinated by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute.

PPI is home to two ReCAST members: Program Manager Sumaiyah Clark -- who juggles offices at PPI, the City of Milwaukee Health Department, and UW-Milwaukee's Zilber School of Public Health -- and Resource Coordinator Jeremy Triblett.

ReCAST Milwaukee Resource Coordinator Jeremy Triblett
"Milwaukee has a long history of trauma if you think about the intergenerational trauma and how longstanding systems have influenced that," Clark says. "One of the interesting things about the project is that we are actually able to look at the root causes of trauma and violence, even. 

"The amazing thing about this project," Clark continued, "and it being housed in the health department, is that we are able to look at violence and trauma from a public health perspective and really emphasize bolstering the protective factors and trying to reduce or mitigate the risk factors."

Laura Haas speaking at MCSAP International Overdose Awareness Day Event

"There is not one single person who is a lost cause."

That was the powerful message delivered by Laura Haas, a certified peer specialist at the United Community Center to the 30-strong group assembled to mark International Overdose Awareness Day on Thursday, August 31.

The event, organized by the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition at Kosciuszko Park, drew parents who lost children to overdose, friends and relatives of overdose victims and survivors, members of the treatment community, and individuals who are battling substance abuse themselves.

In sharing her personal story, Haas explained why she believes no one is a "lost cause."


Members of the alliance are invited to attend the next meeting at Neu-Life Community Development, 2014 W. North Ave., on Thursday, September 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Email Coordinator Anneke Mohr at to RSVP.

Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP) Meeting
Thursday, September 21

MCSAP members will meet from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 21. Contact us to join the coalition or learn more about our work. 

Family Playtime: 
A Make & Take Workshop Series
September 16 through November 11

Lumos Wellness and Aurora Family Services are presenting family art workshops every other Saturday this fall with Katie O'Connor, a certified art therapist and marriage and family therapist. These workshops are free and open to the public, with materials provided. Each week, participants will take home a new project to enjoy.

When: Every other Saturday (September 16 and 30, October 14 and 28, November 11), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feel free to come and go as you like. Where: Aurora Family Service, 3200 W. Highland Boulevard, Milwaukee, in Sallie's Room. Child care is not provided, so children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. 

Manna Behavioral Services
Second Annual 
Black Recovery Awards Ceremony
Saturday, September 23

Manna Behavioral Services is recognizing Delvyn Crawford of Gutter Enterprise, Lamar Love of Vessels of God Inc.; Otis Lockett Jr., Director of Clinical Services at Community Advocates Milwaukee Women's Center and Lockett Enterprises LLC; and Career Coach Sterlon White for their commitment to recovery.

The keynote speaker will be Jerry Alexander, creator of the Minority Training Project for the Inner-City Councils in Milwaukee, Beloit, and Madison. Andre Brown and Thomas Hines will perform.  Tickets are $25 at the door. Refreshments will be served.

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 23, from 3 to 6 p.m., at Park Lawn YMCA, 4340 N. 46th Street. For more information, contact Clem Richardson at 414-334-7022 or

8th Annual Grief Education Conference
Navigating the 
Online Grief Support Continuum
Friday, September 29

This conference, hosted by the Southeast Wisconsin Grief Network, will review the vast range of online grief support that is available for children, teens, and adults with a specific focus on research around why and how individuals use the Internet for illness and grief. Presented by Eleanor Haley, MS, and Litsa Williams, MA, LCSW-C, mental health professionals and the co-founders of the website   What's Your Grief.
This conference is best suited for all who companion the bereaved, including chaplains, clergy, coordinators of bereavement support, counselors, health care providers, hospice staff, nurses, social workers, support group facilitators, and volunteers.
Details: Thursday, September 28, from 8 a.m. to noon (doors open at 7:30 a.m.) at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Wauwatosa Campus Outpatient Center, 5th Floor Conference Center, 201 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa. Cost is $45.

Register by September 18 at

Questions:Nichole Schwerman, SEWGN Chair, 414-266-2995,

The Digital Hope Box: 
Where the Internet and 
Your Smart Phone Meet Grief
Thursday, September 28 

With the advance of Internet-based grief support, social media, apps, and photos, there are many new and creative ways to enhance coping through your phone. You will hear about online resources and tools that can provide hope, comfort, and support. Learn how to build your own digital grief-support tool box that can be opened any time on your phone, tablet, or computer. 

Presented by Eleanor Haley, MS, and Litsa Williams, MA, LCSW-C, mental health professionals and the co-founders of the website What's Your Grief.
Details: Thursday, September 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Wauwatosa Campus Outpatient Center, 5th Floor Conference Center, 201 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa. 

This event, sponsored by the Southeast Wisconsin Grief Network, is free and open to the general public. Registration is welcome but not necessary. RSVP to 414-454-3118 or .


UEDA Community Development Summit
Building Economic and Social Inclusion with the Disability Community
Thursday, October 5

Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin's 16th annual Community Development Summit will i ncrease awareness around the connection between poverty and people with disabilities; identify specific ways in which attendees and their affiliations can improve accessibility and foster an inclusive culture in their workplace, activities, programs and community events; and facilitate connections that lead to new relationships or partnership opportunities to address economic and social barriers for people with disabilities. Michael Morris, Director of the National Disability Institute, will present the keynote address.
The summit will be held on Thursday, October 5, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Grace Center, 250 E. Juneau Avenue in Milwaukee. Tickets: Current UEDA members $40, nonmembers $50. To get more information or to register, go to UEDA's website.

Keynote Speaker Glenn E. Martin of JustLeadershipUSA
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.

Lodging:   The conference rate is $90 for a single or double room. Rooms will be held until October 7.  After this date, rooms may be reserved on a space and rate availability basis. For reservations call: 414-764-5300. To receive the $90 rate, you must indicate you are attending the "Wisconsin Reentry Summit."

To obtain more information 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.

This summit will likely be attended by hundreds of people and organizers recommend you register as soon as possible. If you want to reserve spots while your agency processes the check, simply send Dean Puschnig or Ken Gales a quick message with the number of spots you want reserved for your agency. 

28th Annual 
Children Come First Conference
November 13 & 14

The Children Come First Conference is for those caring for, working with, or interested in the well-being of children and youth with social, emotional, or behavioral challenges. This year's theme is "hope," and keynote speakers are Jessie Benash, a trauma-informed care expert and motivational speaker; Darrin L. Harris, CEO of Ekhaya Leadership Institute and the author of Living Life, Leaving Legacy; and Tamra Oman, a human services program coordinator at the Wisconsin Resource Center.

Workshops include Addressing Anxiety; How Early Experiences Shape the Developing Brain; Poverty's Impact on Mental Health (And Vice Versa); and Compassion Resilience Toolkit for Schools and Community. The conference also includes a youth track.

The conference will be held Monday, November 13, and Tuesday, November 14, at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Early bird registration (until September 18) is $165; regular admission is $190. Youth track (ages 12-26) rate is $85; student rate, for those currently pursuing a degree in a mental health field, is $120.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities available; contact Alison at 262-617-6775 or

University of Minnesota 
Center for Youth Development
Brown Bag Webinar Series
September 2017-January 2018

The University of Minnesota Extension offers this free series for youth practitioners over the lunch hour (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central). Get the complete course descriptions and register here  for the following webinars:  
  • Wednesday, September 13: Social and Emotional Learning in Practice: An Online Toolkit
  • Wednesday, November 1: Addressing Bullying in Out-of-School Youth Development Programs
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018: Safe Spaces for Rural LGBT Youth

Wisconsin Department of 
Children and Families
Bureau of Youth Services
September 2017 Newsletter

  This online newsletter includes vital information about the needs of older youth in and at risk of being involved in the child welfare and youth justice system. This issue reports on preparations in advance of transitioning independent living services to SaintA in January 2018, as well as a Brighter Futures Initiative update, and the recent PATHS Grant awarded to Pathfinders to serve youth and young adults who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and have either aged out of foster care or are aging out of care.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Thunderclap
Thursday, September 21

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has organized a one-time social media Thunderclap to be posted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 21, to spread the message that we can all stop suicide -- before it happens -- by working together. Click here to sign up for the Thunderclap and find other resources to recognize Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. You'll find even more information on suicide prevention on the CDC's website.   

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin:
Public Health Leader: 
Director of Prevention Services

Dynamic individual desired for a leadership opportunity that intersects with the public health and health care environments. The Public Health Leader: Director of Prevention Services is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the Prevention Services Department throughout the state of Wisconsin. This key operational leader is responsible for forwarding organizational strategies, development of strategic goals pertaining to prevention operations and program development, creating engagement with those goals among a staff of 30+ employees, and ensuring consistent goal delivery across all 10 prevention sites in Wisconsin. Get the full job description at Jobs That Serve.

Employ Milwaukee:
Senior Associate of 
Proposal Development and
Planning Research 

This position reports to and receives direction from the Fund Development & Strategic Initiatives Manager. It is responsible for researching, analyzing, and synthesizing strategic and program planning and articulating those plans in written form to secure resources and develop new or enhanced programs and services. You'll find the full job description on Employ Milwaukee's website.

Public Allies Milwaukee:
Executive Director

The Executive Director leads and administers Public Allies Milwaukee. Reporting directly to the National VP of Programs, the Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing a vibrant, values-led, and impact-driven operation in its aim to make Public Allies Milwaukee the premier, recognized developer and pipeline for talented civic change agents in Milwaukee. 

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, ensuring operational and programmatic excellence, management of staff, fund development/fundraising, and external relationship building with partners, funders, and other stakeholders. The Executive Director also has oversight of operational and financial management to ensure site sustainability.  

Learn more at Jobs That Serve.

Youth Services Program Manager

The Youth Services Program Manager will lead SaintA's programming for youth and young adults that are likely to, and have, aged out of the child welfare and youth justice system. This initiative is created through a new Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) contract. Read the full job description at Jobs That Serve.

Brighter Futures

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