What We're Doing
In March, we began engaging community partners and families in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood by hosting CommUNITY Conversations at Brass Community School. Building Our Future’s approach seeks to provide the space and connections, then step back, allowing community members to step into their genius. Together, community members have identified key local attributes and set the vision for our community engagement work. This group is co-creating strategies that enable community partners and families to be informed and involved in their students’ learning in impactful ways. They’re asking Lincoln Middle and Brass Community School parents, “How can we support you in making this a great school year for your child?”—a mindful change from doing work to and for, to working with families and community partners.
The Lincoln Park CommUNITY Conversations, facilitated by community members, are beginning to leverage new and existing resources to integrate community engagement in their neighborhood schools. As of the new school year, United Way of Kenosha County’s Readers Are Leaders Tutoring program and Volunteer Income Tax Program (VITA) will be offered at Brass Community School, and community members are stepping in to volunteer and actively recruiting for volunteers within the neighborhood. This group is lending its voice and time to support the success of children and families.
3rd Thursday of the month
4:00 to 5:30 PM
Brass Community School
“The community engagement work being undertaken by Building Our Future in Lincoln Park is building a foundation for a future with more equitable opportunities within Kenosha County. The momentum built in such a small time frame shows the need for alignment to better serve our families and students.”
Kenosha County Executive
“We can't keep doing the same thing, expecting different results. It takes a village to raise our children and it will take everyone working together to ensure that every
child is given the opportunity to get the best education that is available to them, from cradle to career.”
Interim Executive Director at the Shalom Center