June 30, 2016

Hi Friends,

I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather we had this weekend!

This week we have a guest writer who is very special to the Milwaukee Succeeds family as well as our community. Kent Lovern is the Chief Deputy District Attorney for Milwaukee County, where he oversees the administration of the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, which is comprised of over 130 attorneys and over 150 support staff. Not only is Kent serving our community daily, he also sits on the Milwaukee Succeeds Communications Committee. Kent is a recent past president of the Board of Directors for Sojourner Family Peace Center, a board he has served for ten years. Kent is also a past president of the Board of Directors of Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs, and served for four years on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Greater Milwaukee. Kent is also a member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee and serves on the Rotary Club's board of directors.

Kent was interviewed for the WUWM-FM Precious Lives radio series. In this episode Kent said, “At the risk of sounding too simplistic, I don’t think this is something we can’t get our hands around very quickly. I do believe that we have a number of groups across the city who are deeply concerned about this issue, that are working hard at it each and every day, and if we can all get on the same page and in a coordinated fashion operate this system wide, city wide, I think we can see a great deal of success.”

Listen to the Precious Lives episode #038 with Kent: “Foundation for a Turnaround.”

Take it away Kent!

See you soon,


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


Hello Milwaukee Succeeds and Danae!

Like most urban communities in America in recent decades, Milwaukee has struggled with the educational performance and outcomes of many of our children.  Over the past five years, Milwaukee Succeeds has developed a holistic approach to addressing the essential components for improved student accomplishment in the classroom.  The global strategy of Milwaukee Succeeds is supported by the data that demonstrates the importance of factors like immunization, quality early childcare and effective tutoring strategies for teachers, volunteers and young students.  We know that a focus on the social and emotional health of our children outside the school day is critical to the success of our children in the classroom. 

The numerical metrics demonstrate that Milwaukee Succeeds is moving the needle in the right direction.  When I consider whether the progress should be faster, I remind myself that the challenges in this community did not develop overnight, nor will they be solved quickly.  We will encounter and overcome these challenges by a collective focus on a broad-based strategy to enrich the overall health and well-being of our children and strengthen our community of education.

The strength of Milwaukee Succeeds goes beyond the data and metrics that inform its approach.  The implementation of all of these strategies necessarily requires the building of community, and we are seeing that occur across all lines that have traditionally divided us.  Milwaukee Succeeds is about connectivity – connectivity of strategy, connectivity of practice, and connectivity of people – parents, teachers, administrators, and the countless number of generous people in this community willing to give their time, talent and treasure toward the enrichment of our children.  The more that we as adults work together in connection with our children, the greater our trajectory of progress.

From the public safety perspective, the environmental nurturing and education of our children is imperative.  We know that proficiency in math and reading in 3rd grade are predictive of future academic and career success through high school and beyond; we also know that our children who do not finish high school have a much higher rate of criminal justice contact and incarceration than those who do.  Milwaukee Succeeds is helping to shape not only the educational future of our students, but the overall health and safety of our neighborhoods and our city.

The attached photo is the kindergarten class at Brown Street Academy that I assisted this year through the Rotary Club of Milwaukee in conjunction with UWM.  My very limited contribution to this project is a microcosm of the work being done by thousands in our community every day.  It reinforces in my mind that a strength of Milwaukee is our relative smallness, which enables us to come together around great challenges.  Milwaukee Succeeds is the essential convener in the education arena.   


Kent Lovern

Chief Deputy District Attorney for Milwaukee County


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