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Running Rebels

Programs & Services

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RRCO provides programming to youth ages 12-19

RRCO has grown in both programs and staff over the years. We continue targeting the city’s most at-risk while successfully reaching and impacting both “high at-risk” and “potential at-risk youth”. We achieve this through programs fulfilling specific needs that other agencies do not and trough the dedication of our committed staff. These qualities enable us to serve some the “highest at-risk youth” – those who are prone to delinquency, crime, gang membership, substance abuse, and youth turned away by other Milwaukee youth agencies. Through respect, teamwork, and discipline, Victor has helped mold thousands of young men into responsible members of society.

Running Rebels After School & Summer

After school & Summer Programming “The Running Rebels have been helping me love myself.” (Dorian Taylor, age 16 Recreation youth)

Tutoring
When: Monday-Thursday 3:15 – 6:30
Where: Both East and Central Locations.
What: Free tutoring service supported by community volunteers. All youth in after-school programs are required to participate in 30 minutes of tutoring.

Be The Change (Male Program)
When: Mondays 5:00 – 7:00
Where: East Location – 225 W. Capitol Drive.
What: Participate in literacy enrichment, supplemented by cultural and social development, health, and career/college readiness components. Receive academic support, community exposure, and leadership skills.

Arts
When: Mondays 5:00 – 6:00
Where: Central Location – 1300 W. Fond Du Lac Ave.
What: Participate in a variety of visual arts programming at a basic introductory level.

Dance
When: Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:30
Where: Central Location -1300 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
What: Learn hip hop dance! Welcome to all levels of experience!

AV/Entertainment
When: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 5:00 – 7:00
Where: Central Location – 1300 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
What: Learn the basics of the music industry. Youth will be exposed to a variety of medias including spoken word/rap/singing, audio engineering and music production, creative writing, photography, videography, and graphic design. Youth will work together to create tracks, beats, musical arrangements, skits, and flyers.

Lady Rebels (Female Program)
When: Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30
Where: Central Location – 1300 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
What: Learn leadership skills through projects, outings, and discussion. Connect with positive female role models who assist youth in finding pathways to success.

Youth Advisory Council
When: Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00
Where: Central Location – 1300 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
What: Work as a team to address current events in the community as well as communicate, present to media, and elected officials. Youth will meet on a weekly basis to complete service projects and participate in agency events

Running Rebels Athletic Program

Since its inception, the first priority of the Running Rebels basketball program has been to provide a positive learning experience for the youth by focusing on not only the skills and knowledge of the sport, but also how those concepts (teamwork, dedication, discipline, etc.) apply to their everyday lives.

AAU
The upper-level competitive club (AAU) component of the program includes elite traveling teams that compete nationally and internationally against the top amateur players and competitive programs in the country. This component of the program is geared towards competing at the highest level of amateur athletics. We work to expose our players to a number of universities and colleges who are interested in providing scholarship opportunities. “Running Rebels Basketball has simply changed my life. Before I joined the Running Rebels Basketball team, I never left Milwaukee. Not even my own neighborhood. Running Rebels is the reason why I still play the game. The support system is great. They are completely behind you and pushing you.” – Pierre Johnson age 18, 5 years in RRCO Athletics

Fundamentals
Our Summer Fundamentals Program is open to youth ages 8-17. Contact Donta Holmes for information Donta.Holmes@runningrebels.org or call 414-316-5222. Our School – Year Fundamentals Program consists of intramural leagues, and open gym. This program is open to youth who do not make AAU teams or a part of our recreation programs.

Running Rebels Violence Free Zone

The Violence Free Zone is (VFZ) is a school-based mentoring program providing students with additional personal, academic, and career support. Using the national VFZ model and partnering with Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Christian Center, and The Woodson Center, Running Rebels matches students with VFZ advocates who help youth prepare for learning and reduce disruptions in schools. Advisors are highly visible though out the entire school day. They encourage students to attend class, reinforce school rules, and mediate conflicts before they disrupt learning. We currently support 7 Milwaukee Public Schools: Hamilton High School, Lincoln High School, North Division High School, Barack Obama School for Career and Technical Education, Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts, Vincent High School, and Washington High School of Information Technology.

“VFZ changed the way I view myself and how I look at others. I learned how to be patient, I learned people skills and I learned how to break out of my shell. I was given the opportunity to work very closely with VFZ staff and so far, it has been a great experience. I now can show people younger than me how powerful VFZ can be if they actually give it a chance.” Dariana Massingale (Junior, VFZ youth at Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education)

Running Rebels Targeted Monitoring Programs

Milwaukee County Accountability Program (MCAP)

Through MCAP Running Rebels pairs detained at-risk youth with advocates. Our advocates build strong relationships with their mentees by accompanying them to court dates, connecting with their families, and monitoring the youth when they leave detention. Additionally, Running Rebels runs daily one hour sessions with MCAP youth while in detention to help them change their thought process and make better choices. “My advocate believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.” MCAP youth, age 16.

Intensive Monitoring Program (IMP)

IMP serves as an alternative to correctional placement. We intentionally pair Running Rebels advocates with adjudicated youth. Our advocates hold youth accountable to the courts and work to minimize a youth’s risk for re-offence. We believe that even the most troubled youth have strengths and capabilities that can be developed through meaningful relationships, structure, and support.

“I learned a lot from this experience. The Running Rebels IMP program has helped me in many ways. Before starting the program, I used to get upset easily and take my anger out on those that were around me. To be honest, I’m not a bad kid at all. I was in a situation where I allowed a bully to get me upset, which led to me getting into big trouble. I enjoy coming to group on Tuesdays. The group sessions really helps me to stop and think before I react. My Running Rebels Advocate really keeps me encouraged and has been very supportive in this process. “ 2016 IMP Graduate

A True Aftercare Program (ATAC)

ATAC is our program aimed at keeping youth out of the juvenile justice system through a two-pronged approach. First, we work with the siblings of juvenile offenders in our Targeted Monitoring Programs. We provide each sibling with an advocate and opportunities to participate in Running Rebels’ activities. Second, we work to prevent recidivism with former juvenile offenders who graduated from our Targeted Monitoring Programs. Advocates connect these youth to education, career, and life skills training.

“Running Rebels Community Organization also helped me become a better person by providing me with a job training program that helped me become certified in Safe Serv (sic), food safety, as well as gain managerial skills.” ATAC Youth.

Running Rebels College Career Access

Higher Education Learning Program (HELP): The mission of Running Rebels’ HELP program is to establish culture in which youth invest in their future through either college, trade schools, or career readiness. Our program is designed to help youth believe that college and career readiness is attainable and essential to their personal and professional development.

We provide HELP scholarship recipients with financial and emotional support through their college journey. Our main goal is to provide college-going youth with the means to become independent adults who will, in turn, give back to their communities. Monthly Program Workshops:

College Process

  • College essay review
  • Assistance with completing college applications
  • Assistance with budgeting for college
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Support applying to scholarships
  • Tips on campus living
  • Talk to current college students

Career Readiness

  • Resume building
  • Fiscal responsibly
  • Interview prep
  • Support with applications

Interested in learning about our monthly workshops or our scholarship? Email help@runningrebels.org

Running Rebels Pipeline to promise

Pipeline to Promise is a collaborative movement between community organizations, businesses, government agencies, and community leaders addressing the needs of Milwaukee’s young adults. The mission is to provide job training, employment opportunities, scholarships, life skills, and access to housing. The goal is to increase public safety and employment opportunities while assisting individuals to reach their full career potential. For more information about joining as a business looking to hire individuals or as an individual looking for employment contact: Pipeline2Promise@runningrebels.org

Running Rebels Mentoring Program

Mentoring is a one-to-one service provided by mature adults to youth and adolescents needing support, role modeling, guidance, and nurturing. The mentor functions both as a positive role model and an advocate for youth in his/her family and community. In most cases, youth are matched with a mentor of the same gender and ethnic group. Our mentors are trained to work with diverse populations of youth and adolescents. We work with our mentors to establish strong communication with parents or other caregivers. Our mentors work with youth on social-emotional skills, as well as health and wellness. Mentors build relationships by taking mentees to sporting events, workshops, and academic enrichment opportunities.

Mentoring creates a meaningful relationship while providing a trusted adult to assist a vulnerable youth with the transition to adulthood. For more information about our mentoring program or how to become a mentor, please contact Donta Holmes (414 316-5222 or email donta.holmes@runningrebels.org)

Running Rebels Entertainment & Marketing Services

For information about any of our Entertainment Group services call Cozette at (414) 316-5215 or email cozette.mclemore@runningrebels.org.

DJ Services
A catered music service for weddings, family reunions, graduations, parties and some special events can be provided at an affordable rate through the Running Rebels Entertainment Group. Any type of music you want, we have.

Graphic Design
Need to create a logo or flyer? We can help you out!

T-Shirt Design
Have a catchy quote or artistic creation you want to see on T-Shirts? We can work with you to design shirts for any occasion.

Studio
Interested in having your music recorded? You can rent our studio with one of our engineers. 20 dollars per hour for youth artists.

Videographer 
We offer videography services for wedding, athletics, and events! Our talented videographer will film and edit for you.

Splash Team
Mission Statement: Splash Team is a youth led marketing and promotion team, which lends its services to businesses and companies in need of promotion. Our partners large networks, allow us to promote to a wide audience. Our services include flyers, postcards, banners, t-shirts, social media, and street team promotions.

Running Rebels Catering

Running Rebels’ Catering is a full-service vendor serving the needs of the community with high-quality service and food, at an economical price. As a non-profit, a portion of the proceeds directly benefits the youth programming at our agency, as well as creates sustainable employment for adolescents and adults. We have quickly become a staple in the non-profit community providing catering for organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, WCS, and Safe & Sound. From business meeting to weddings, no job is too large or too small for our catering team. Let us customize an event for you.

Prices

  • Price includes food, plates, cups, utensils, and condiments.
  • Delivery charges are included in per person rate (within 5 mile radius).
  • Additional cost will be added for wire racks.
  • Services available at additional rates: serving staff, venue set-up, clean-up, and table coverings.
  • 50% deposit of total invoice required when booking.
  • Cancellation of services must be received within 48 hours of event date. A restocking fee of $50.00 will be retained from the initial deposit.

Let us customize a menu for your event! For more information call (414) 264-8222 to speak with our Catering Coordinator Cozette McLemore or email catering@runningrebels.org.

Running Rebels Rummage

Our rummage is designed to provide affordable household items for community residents. We also use the rummage as a tool to teach youth about running a business. Youth learn skills such as taking inventory, pricing, and customer service. We are always looking for new items! If you are willing to donate contact resale@runningrebels.org or call Cozette at 414-316-5215

When: 9am – 3.pm
Where: 1300 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
In the summer and spring, items are placed outside. In the winter we still keep our rummage going inside.

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