Message from Neu-Life CEO and Executive Director
Since the statewide closure of all K-12 schools on March 13th, Neu-Life has been innovative and resourceful in protecting the health and safety of families while also continuing to act as a resource for academic support, mentoring and a critical bridge to community resources related to basic needs.
We've retained at reduced hours a dedicated staff who remain remotely connected to Neu-Life families (especially teens) to ensure that they have the tools and resources needed to do homework, to continue avoiding risky behaviors, and continue being supported by the Neu-Life family through this uncertain time.
Unfortunately, we know that the north side of Milwaukee has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, with 70 percent of deaths coming from within the African American community. Making matters worse, impact from school closure is more severe for disadvantaged children and their families, causing interrupted learning, compromised nutrition, childcare problems, and mounting economic costs for those out of work.
Neu-Life faces a difficult road ahead. Our spring and summer events have disappeared and with them a significant revenue stream. Additionally, philanthropic funding has (quite understandably) refocused on missions that are classified “essential”, like basic needs of food and shelter. This means that our agency will have to work even harder to make the case for Neu-Life as a vital support system for youth in our programs.
Basic needs are not enough for Neu-Life youth. They need more than that to be successful and overcome the great many challenges in their way. Donor support has meant the world to us in the past, and as Wisconsin begins to reopen its economy and we rebuild our community, we are hopeful that Neu-Life youth will remain on your radar.
Jody Rhodes, Executive Director
Joann Harris-Comodore, CEO
P.S. Now is a great time to consider becoming a Monthly Supporter. For as little as the price of a cup of coffee each month, you could become a strong and steady donor.
MORE THAN AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
At Neu-Life, we’re able to go above and beyond providing a safe place for kids to be after school and during the summer. We provide kids with not only the programs, but the one-on-one relationships and mentoring that genuinely transforms lives and sets the stage for youth to have an amazing future full of opportunity.
We can't do this important work without your help. We ask for your generosity and support to keep this amazing support system going for youth and youth workers on Milwaukee's near northside.
Our evidence-based prevention programs offer the skills and accountability youth need to say no to risky behaviors. Prevention programs touch drugs/alcohol and tobacco, safer sex, and anti-human trafficking.
FINDING A FAMILY
At Neu-Life, youth find more than just a place to be after school. They find mentors that truly care about their struggles and will go the extra mile to provide the support they need.
FINDING A FUTURE
Over half of staff are former program participants and our average staff tenure is 5 years. Youth find a future with Neu-Life, whether as a youth worker or by exposure to post-high school career opportunities.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO Show the Love TODAY?
- Make a convenient monthly donation of your choice!
- $50 = school supplies for one semester
- $75 = healthy dinner for 40 youth
- $125 = after school snack for 250 youth
- $500 = Sponsor Neu-Life's Basketball Team
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US BE THE TURNING POINT!
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:
Neu-Life Community Development
2014 W North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53205