Heart of Canal Street.
Our partnership with Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board’s pilot program, Youth Works MKE, will work to help reduce the effects of gun violence in Milwaukee.
“Potawatomi’s ongoing commitment to supporting our youth is extraordinary. We are thrilled to have been selected as their charity of choice,” said Earl Buford, President and CEO, Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board. “Youth Works MKE will expand upon our successful youth programs. We are looking forward to implementing this new evidence-based model.”
This program will complement Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s successful Earn and Learn program. Youth Works MKE was modeled after One Summer Plus, a Chicago-based program that combines a part-time summer job with proven cognitive behavioral therapy-based programming. Participants in the Chicago program showed a 51 percent reduction in violent-crime arrests seven months after completing the program.
“I would like to thank Potawatomi Hotel & Casino for investing in the young people in our community,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “By providing funds to launch this visionary new program, they will help young adults become productive members of our future workforce.”
Heart of Canal Street is inspired by tribal beliefs to nurture future generations to lead healthy, productive lives. Since 1994 Potawatomi Hotel & Casino has donated more than $14.6 million dollars to charities throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Through our nonprofit partners, children have been fed, protected, entertained, mentored, received health services and been inspired.