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MPS partners with Educators Credit Union for new program to teach students financial literacy

Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) hosted a special celebration at Victory Italian Immersion School on May 8, where its entire class of fifth-grade students had completed the EVERFI program sponsored by Educators Credit Union (ECU). EVERFI is a financial literacy tool that teaches students about saving money, planning for college, and protecting personal information. The program aligns with the State of Wisconsin’s requirement for financial literacy education. “Financial literacy is a skill that everyone needs regardless of their future plans,” said Linda Hoover, CEO and President of ECU. “Since most people are not learning it at home, we believe it’s...

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Dr. Malika Siker: A search for joy and meaning as an inspiration to repair the world

Beyond her expanding medical role as a radiation oncologist and associate professor with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Malika Siker is an advocate for healing the human spirit. From the experience of finding her own identity in a multiracial family, striving to overcome social stereotypes of ethnicity during her youth, and a search for meaning in order to fulfill her purpose to assist people, Dr. Siker has dedicated her life to help others with transformative care. She continues building bridges to overcome health care disparities for disadvantaged communities, in an effort to repair the world – or “tikkun...

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City presents plan for Vel Phillips Plaza as transit hub in underutilized urban space of Westown

The City of Milwaukee shared plans for a new vibrant urban space in the Westown neighborhood on May 14 designed to provide important civic amenities and needed transit connections in a portion of the city undergoing significant redevelopment. The proposed plaza, to be named in honor of noted Milwaukee politician, attorney, jurist and civil rights activist Vel R. Phillips, will be situated south of Wisconsin Avenue between N. Fifth Street and N. Vel R. Phillips Avenue, bringing new life to a parcel of land in the heart of Westown that has been underutilized for nearly 30 years. “The vision...

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John McGivern brings fresh approach to new season of Next Avenue on Milwaukee PBS

A new season and format for the Milwaukee PBS show “Next Avenue Community Conversations” began production on April 11 under the direction of the creative team responsible for the nationally syndicated Emmy-award winning program “Around the Corner with John McGivern,” which has been a backbone of keeping WMVS-TV as one of the highest-rated PBS affiliates in America. Next Avenue is public media’s first and only national journalism service for America’s booming 50+ population. The 2019 series is being produced and directed by Lois Maurer, the producer and director of “Around the Corner.” John McGivern is hosting the new talk-show...

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People of the Road: Menomonee Valley honors its locomotive past with first pair of public artworks

The Menomonee Valley Community Park hosted the Inaugural Hank Aaron State Trail Spring Ride to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the trail and its expansion, with the opening of the west end route, along with a special public art dedication on May 4. A couple hundred participants gathered at the corner of Canal Street and Milwaukee Road to hear about the Trail, and the new artistic landmark unveiled at the location. “People of the Road” is a five-sculpture public artwork, designed by local artist Richard Taylor, that honors the thousands of local factory workers who built the locomotives and...

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