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A Positive Alternative Outlet for Milwaukee Youth!

In 1980, at the young age of 19, Victor Barnett saw that the youth of Milwaukee were being pulled into the street life of gangs, crime, and violence. He used basketball as the tool to engage, mentor and guide youth towards an alternative path that would ensure their future success. From this vision and action, Running Rebels Community Organization was born.

Running Rebels Our E.P.I.C. Mission

The Running Rebels Community Organization Engages the community, youth, and their families, Prevents involvement in gangs, drugs, violence, and the juvenile justice system, Intervenes and guides youth by assisting them with making positive choices, and Coaches youth through their transition into adulthood. We accomplish this through building relationships with youth and providing the resources and skills necessary for them to become thriving, connected, and contributing adult members of our community.

Running Rebels Goals

Our philosophy is to nurture the development of youths’ human potential and reduce violence, drug usage, and gang activity by:

  • Keeping young people involved in beneficial, safe, and fun recreational and employment activities
  • Encouraging each youth’s hopes and dreams while supporting youth to achieve them
  • Underscoring successful academic achievement as essential for responsible adult citizenship
  • Employing supportive, caring adults who inspire trust and model the values, skills, and morals that we want at-risk youth to develop

Running Rebels Timeline

Running Rebels Philosophy

Our philosophy is to nurture the development of youths’ human potential and reduce violence, drug usage, and gang activity by:

• Keeping young people involved in beneficial, safe, and fun recreational and employment activities
• Encouraging each youth’s hopes and dreams while supporting youth to achieve them
• Underscoring successful academic achievement as essential for responsible adult citizenship
• Employing supportive, caring adults who inspire trust and model the values, skills, and morals that we want at-risk youth to develop

Running Rebels Staff

Victor Barnett
Executive Director & Founder

victor.barnett@runningrebels.org

Dawn Barnett
Co-Executive Director
dawn.barnett@runningrebels.org

Rolunda Dixon
Senior Director of Operations

rolunda.dixon@runningrebels.org

Michael Peeples
Senior Director of Programming
michael.peeples@runningrebels.org

John Rakowski
VFZ Program Director/Development
john.rakowski@runningrebels.org

Stacey Lindsay
Director of Targeted Monitoring Programs

stacey.lindsay@runningrebels.org

Donta Holmes
Director of Mentoring & Athletics

donta.holmes@runningrebels.org

Cozette McLemore
Event Coordinator / Mentoring Assistant
cozette.mclemore@runningrebels.org

Running Rebels Administrative Services

Lynesha Oby
Human Resource Coordinator

Jessica Enyeart
Financial Assistant

Sharon Cross
Systems, Program, & Staff Development Coordinator

Joshua Blumberg
Senior Administrative Assistant

Aesha Harrold
Administrative Assistant

Running Rebels Board of Directors

JILL M. BOYLE
BOARD CHAIR

DELBERT WILLIAMS
VICE CHAIR

VICTOR BARNETT
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

DAWN BARNETT
CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

GWENDOLYN HORTON
SECRETARY

CLIFTON PHELPS

DECOUTEAU IRBY

CAROLYN GARSKI

ERIN MILES

BRANDI PATTERSON

FRED TABAK

MICHAEL COYNE

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