December 7, 2015

Dear Milwaukee Succeeds Friends,

In the spirit of collaboration and community engagement, I want to share this exciting news:

A number of Milwaukee area organizations, including the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee County, and Milwaukee Public Schools have taken up the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge, a national call to action from President Barack Obama to improve life outcomes for all young people.  As part of meeting this challenge, the President and his Cabinet have made the strengthening and expansion of mentoring opportunities a national imperative.

In response, local MBK supporters are developing an action plan to align community activities and initiatives to meet the goals of MBK. Part of that action plan is the development of a MILWAUKEE MENTOR NETWORK, a collaborative of area organizations providing mentor services to Milwaukee youth. Initiators of the Milwaukee Mentor Network to-date include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee, Center for Youth Engagement, the Center for Self Sufficiency, City of Milwaukee, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, and the Milwaukee Bucks Organization.

They are conducting a community mentoring inventory to identity assets and gaps in mentor service delivery. Your help is needed to ensure maximum participation from as many mentoring programs, groups, and organizations as possible. Their goal: to make sure every young person who needs a mentor in Milwaukee can have one if he or she chooses.

Please take a moment to share this opportunity and survey link with your networks and any others within your reach who touch the lives of Milwaukee youth by way of mentoring. Please also include in any of your upcoming constituent communications, e-blasts, newsletters to network members and grantees, and any community, social, faith-based and sorority/fraternity groups you may be affiliated with.

The survey will be open through the month of December and be used to inform a Milwaukee Mentoring Symposium on Thursday, January 14th as part of National Mentoring Month at the BMO-Harris Bradley Center.

I have more good news to share…

Please join me in welcoming Audrey (Miller) Borland as our new Goal 2 (School Readiness) Manager for Milwaukee Succeeds! She will:

  • Recruit community partners for Collaborative Action Networks who will focus on our Goal 2 outcomes of improving 3rd grade reading and math, 8th grade reading and math, as well as ACT composite scores and benchmark achievements. These networks will focus on indicators such as school attendance and high school graduation.
  • Extract evidence-based best practices from local / national sources and build consensus around a strategy to integrate practices into Network action plans to drive change and achieve goals and track progress of action plan implementation.
  • Supervise, manage and lead a cycle of pilot project development and implementation to identify effective models and best practices in network areas that will inform broader community action.
Audrey comes to us from Rockwell Automation, where she most recently served as the Customer Experience Manager for the Low Voltage Drives business. Audrey worked on longer-term strategic improvements, which enhance the customer's interactions with Rockwell globally. Audrey began at Rockwell Automation in 2005 as an associate in the Leadership Development Program. 
For the last two years, Audrey has lent her process improvement skillset at Milwaukee Succeeds with our Community and Social Support Network (CSSN), utilizing Six Sigma tools to define and scope CSSN projects, and helping develop the frameworks for Social and Emotional learning implements across our networks.
Audrey loves to travel, and for the last six years, she and her husband have been matched with their "Little" from Big Brothers, Big Sisters ... now a successful Rufus King freshman!  

Audrey holds her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis., USA and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis., USA.  She is a Six Sigma Black Belt and certified through the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional.

For fun, we asked Audrey to answer a few questions about herself!
1)  Your favorite high school teacher and why?

Robin and Tony were married teachers who taught Spanish.  They took us to Spain and we visited Tony's hometown, saw many sites, and relished in so many experiences.  It was a trip I will always cherish.
2)  Favorite book to recommend to a 3rd grader?

"Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein.
4)  Best advice you learned from Rockwell Automation? 

We carry around and juggle 5 balls at all times.  These balls are a representation of family, friends, career, health, and spirituality.  Each of these balls is made of glass, aside from career, which is made of rubber.  We try to keep all balls in the air at all times, but if you need to drop one, pick the one that will bounce back.

5)  One thing you still remember from your favorite college course? 

Sometimes you need to use the KISS Principle (Keep it simple, Silly!).

6)  What book is on your bedside table?  

"The Whole-Brain Child"  (I highly recommend it).

7)  What did you care about most when you were 10 years old?

Playing soccer.

 Welcome Audrey!

Finally, Milwaukee Succeeds received an early holiday present from our friend Mark Sabljak, publisher of the Milwaukee Business Journal. Mark has provided wonderful guidance and expertise as a valued member of our Executive Committee, Public Policy, and Community Outreach & Communications team. He has donated a free full-page ad in December 18th edition of his paper.

Here is the ad!

Buy some copies and share with your networks!

See you soon,

Danae Davis  |  Executive Director
Milwaukee Succeeds
101 W. Pleasant St., Suite 210, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Direct: 414.336.7057


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