The Rebel Family Expansion –

Thirty-sevenyears ago, the community organization Running Rebels began with a basketball court and about 50 kids.

“So they played here,” founder Victor Barnett said, pointing at asmall basketball court. “That was the office. That was the office — the tree.”

Barnett said the 20th and Olive location filled an immediate need — to compete with a neighborhood gang for young boys and teens, and since basketball was a magnet, the spot was perfect.


“Basketball over bullets:” Resurrected Midnight League gets young men off the streets, onto the court –

A popular sports league is returning to Milwaukee, but this program is about more than just three-pointers. Its main goal is to deter crime and help young men.

When it comes to having a sense of community, we all need to be on the same team. In an effort to engage young men, Milwaukee Public Schools officials, along with the City of Milwaukee leaders, officials with the Milwaukee Police Department, the Fire and Police Commission, the Milwaukee Bucks and Running Rebels came together tore-launch the Midnight Basketball League.


Midnight Basketball Leagues to Start in Milwaukee in March – WUWM

The Midnight Basketball Leagues will aim to attract young men ages 17 to 25 to offer them a healthy activity and a safe place to gather. During league sessions, the young men will also be able to connect with community resources such as help with recovering a driver’s license or finding employment, and they will be able to interact with police, who will offer mentoring opportunities…

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Lindsay Heights Lens: Neighborhood Strengths

There is a reason the youth saved the neighborhood strengths gallery for last: the pictures highlight some of Lindsay Heights’ most stunning and serene places to hang out and relax, and affirm what the youth have said all along: that there are a lot of strengths in the neighborhood, some immediately visible, and some where you have to look a little deeper. In this gallery of neighborhood strengths, the youth came up with themes of: community togetherness, resilience, “More life than I can see,” “keepin’ it clean,” beauty, healthy eating, indoor safe zones and outdoor safe zones.

Lindsay Heights Lens: Neighborhood Improvement

While the first gallery identified some of the challenges facing Lindsay Heights, another word that is increasingly associated with the neighborhood is “revitalization.” Here, the youth took photos of things that show signs of neighborhood improvement, and organizations that offer programs with positive spaces, role models and activities. In this gallery, the youth came up with themes of: “It’s getting Better/It’s working,” “Good things come to those who wait,” “Keep the Community Healthy,” and “Positive Programming.”