Running Rebels


RRCO provides programming to youth ages 12-19

“Running Rebels has impacted my life because they opened a lot of doors for me. The Running Rebels gave me hope when I didn’t have any. Running Rebels is really the best community center for youth. I love the Running Rebels.” (Recreation youth, age 18)


Running Rebels After School & Summer

“The Running Rebels have been helping me love myself.” (Recreation youth, age 16)

Audio Visual/Entertainment
When: Monday & Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Where: Central Location – 1300 W. Fond Du Lac Ave.
Age: 12-19

Learn photography, videography along with anything you would need to succeed in the entrainment business like song writing and stage presence.

Lady Rebels (Female Program)
When: Tuesday & Thursday 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Where: Central Location – 1300 W. Fond Du Lac Ave.
Age: 12-19

For young ladies who are looking to get involved with positive female role-models. Group discussions and outings will empower them to develop respect for themselves and their peers.

Be the Change (Male Program)
When: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Where: East Location – 225 W. Capitol Drive
Age: 14-19

Leadership program, supplemented by cultural and social development, health, and career/college readiness components. Receive academic support, career pathways, community exposure and leadership skills.

Art 101
When: Tuesday & Thursday 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Where: Central Location – 1300 W. Fond Du Lac Ave.
Age: 12-19

Get creative with drawing, painting, and crafts!

Djembe Drumming
When: Monday & Wednesday 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: East Location – 225 W. Capitol Drive
Age: 12-19

Learn how to play the Djembe drums which are originally from West Africa.

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.

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.”  Athletic youth (Age 18, 5 years in RRCO Athletics)

Our Summer Fundamentals Program is open to youth ages 8-17. Contact Donta Holmes for information 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.” (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

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. Individuals in our Pipeline to Promise workforce development program learn from different project centers such as: Culinary, AV/Entertainment, Sporting & Events, Odd Jobs, Retail, and Mentoring.For more information about joining as a business looking to hire individuals or as an individual looking for employment please contact:

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

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