Living in Milwaukee
Located along the Western shore of scenic Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is the 5th largest city in the Midwest and the most diverse city in Wisconsin. Milwaukee has a growing population of African American, Hispanic, and Asian residents and recently became a minority-majority city . Labeled one of America's Best River Towns, Milwaukeeans are spoiled by all that Lake Michigan has to offer from activities on the water to cultural festivals and restaurants offering diverse cuisines along the shore. Currently home to 6 Fortune 500 companies’ headquarters, Milwaukee’s economy has greatly expanded from its industrial roots. Known for being a friendly city, Milwaukee embraces new opportunities.
Why We Need You
Despite its growing economy and diverse opportunities, some students in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) face complex challenges that impact their education. As the largest school district in Wisconsin, MPS serves over 75,000 students. Over 50% of students enrolled in MPS are African American and about are 25% Hispanic . On average, approximately 82% of MPS students are economically disadvantaged, which is significantly higher than the 42% statewide average of economically disadvantaged students in other districts statewide . According to the latest district report card, 80% of students are off-track in English Language Arts, and 85% are off-track in Math .
How You Can Make a Difference
MPS’s greatest struggle is its graduation rate. Only 61% of students graduate from high school in 4 years. In partnership with MPS, City Year Milwaukee is working to significantly increase that number by providing MPS with over 125 driven and talented AmeriCorps members across 11 schools to serve as tutors and mentors to the hundreds of students who need extra support to reach graduation on time. City Year Milwaukee plays a critical role in helping students get on track to graduate on time and is fills significant gaps. City Year AmeriCorps members are providing support in understaffed classrooms, leading and executing programs focused on attendance and social-emotional learning, and are constantly encouraging students to help them realize their full potential. Through an innovative new partnership between MPS, City Year Milwaukee and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Partnership Schools have added and aligned support for students in math, reading, attendance and social-emotional learning during the school day and after school in classrooms, small groups and one-on-one interactions. As an ambitious plan that establishes a new model of resourcing classroom teachers to increase collective impact, this pilot initiative has begun to provide necessary supports to four MPS schools as a part of their plans for transformation.
Milwaukee needs highly motivated AmeriCorps members to continue to be there for our students who need them the most. In a city with affordable living, vast opportunities, strong culture, countless music festivals and outdoor activities, Milwaukee is the ultimate destination to truly make a difference and thrive.