October  14, 2016

Hi Friends,

I have so much exciting news to share with you!

First, I wanted to share our Milwaukee Succeeds 2016 Executive Summary with you. As you know, every year, we share city and state-wide data to track community progress, coordinate practices, and direct resources to what is proven to work for kids. This is an outcome-based approach, driven by continuous improvement.

In my annual letter, I reinforce that our community is at the center of our collective impact.  Milwaukee Succeeds supports the Milwaukee Community in developing shared outcomes and indicators of success to use across programs and systems, but we can’t own the solutions to get there. Please take a look at the full Milwaukee Succeeds 2016 Executive Summary.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to RSVP for our Milwaukee Succeeds: Stories of Transformation Event on October 20th.  I encourage all of you to come and hear from a child care center owner, a teacher, a student, and a mentor. They will share powerfully moving stories of how they are helping to achieve our shared vision of success for every child, in every school, cradle to career. Please click Here to RSVP!

Second, Milwaukee Succeeds, school and city leaders kicked off our (Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Frenzy event on October 6. Mayor Tom Barrett along with Dr. Darienne Driver and leaders (pictured right) stressed the importance of completing the FAFSA. This application not only gives students access to federal aid, but it also connects students to state and institutional aid; and in the end, this aid allows students and families to find a better path toward college affordability and earning a degree. Mayor Barrett declared the month of October FAFSA Frenzy Month!  

Third, Milwaukee Succeeds is excited to begin collaboration around Opportunity Youth (people ages 16-24 who are out school and not working). Community partners invested in supporting disconnected youth are invited to participate in an initial network meeting on October 19th, 9-11am at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. This meeting will focus on developing a community of practice around youth re-engagement and will lay the foundation for our collaborative work. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Connor Morris at

Finally, congratulations to Milwaukee Public Schools! Because MPS is no longer in the lowest performing category,  the District is no longer required to participate in the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program. Click here to review the letter released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on Wednesday afternoon.

See you next Thursday!


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




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