Coming Together Announces 2015 Change-Maker Grant Awards

April 22, 2015

Milwaukee’s Coming Together Partnership today announced the awarding of six “Change-maker” grants to community organizations for programs aimed at engaging youth in preventing gun violence. The successful agencies were present at a press conference at the Hillside Family Resource Center, 1452 N. 7th St.

The awards of $900 to $1,000 are to be used by the agencies from April to September in supporting youth involvement in projects focused on preventing gun violence and becoming “change-makers” in their neighborhoods.

“The majority of youth in our community are seeking positive ways to move into adulthood,” said Rob Cherry, director of the Public Policy Institute at Community Advocates, Inc., a Coming Together Partnership sponsoring agency. “We know that young people are concerned about the violence in their daily lives and that if given support they will become involved in bringing peaceful change into our neighborhoods.” 

This is the second year the Coming Together Partnership has provided mini-grants to community agencies. In 2014, youth collaborated with community agencies around projects such as the production of music videos stressing gun violence prevention, a community outreach program and several rallies. 

The grants were awarded to:

Hillside Resource Center – Milwaukee Housing Authority to support a community forum and development of a youth council on a neighborhood anti-gun violence campaign.

Neu-Life Community Development to support a week-long neighborhood project involving youth and ending with a major community event.

Running Rebels Community Organization for costs in the production of a video and the printing and distribution of 10,000 postcards in an anti-gun violence effort in neighborhoods in 53205 and 53206 zipcodes.

Safe & Sound to fund two events that are part of a youth-developed gun violence neighborhood-based project.

St. Charles Youth and Family Services for involving 100 juveniles currently in the agency’s court-mandated activities for community outreach efforts.

Walnut Way for support to the Walnut Way Peace Project by providing training of neighborhood ambassadors to foster positive relationships in the community.

The Coming Together Partnership is a coalition that includes Community Advocates - Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative; City of Milwaukee Health Department Office of Violence Prevention; Medical College of Wisconsin - Violence Prevention Initiative; and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin - Project Ujima.

Click here for the press release.

Some 200 youth, adults attend gun violence prevention summit

Nearly 200 youth and adults gathered for the 2nd Annual Summit to Prevent Gun Violence held Dec. 10 at the Union Ballroom of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  The theme of the day was, "Become a Change-Maker," and participants engaged in discusisons and activities to prepare for efforts to reduce the level of deaths and injuries coming from the misuse of guns.   The event was organized by the Coming Together Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence.  The Brighter Futures Initiative is a major partner of the group.  See video of event below.

Coming Together Partnership Gun Violence Prevention Change-Maker Grant

The Coming Together Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for programs or activities aimed at inspiring young people (ages 11 through 24) to become change-makers in gun violence prevention.  The Partnership is offering a limited number of mini-grants of $500 to $1,000 for projects occurring in Milwaukee County. Please see application materials below:

Grant proposal must be submitted no later than 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23. Please contact Ken Germanson with any questions.


13 agencies funded for 2013-2014 for Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative

Community Advocates funded 13 new and returning agencies for the Milwaukee Brighter Futures program in 2013 and 2014. The following agencies are funded in 2013 and 2014 under the following benchmarks:

Child Abuse and Neglect

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Juvenile Delinquency Prevention

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Vocational and Educational Preparedness