Youth Opportunity Team Year in Review - 2015

Youth Opportunity Team 

Child Nutrition Press Conference with Congresswoman Gwen Moore

  • Team members helped organize a press event to urge members of Congress to reauthorize funding for vital nutrition programs for children, including school lunches, summer meals, the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC), and more. Over 60 people attended.
  • Organizational partners included the Hunger Task Force and the Milwaukee Center for Independence
  • The press event was held at Merrill Park in Milwaukee, a summer meals site, and was a big community event in which children could get a free meal, books, play games and more
  • 6 co-op members helped canvass the Merrill Park neighborhood in Milwaukee to invite parents and children to attend

 

The Youth Opportunity Team met numerous times, starting in September of 2015, and is interested in a number of issues, including youth poverty, the privatization of public education, youth health issues (such as child nutrition and substance use prevention), youth jobs, gun violence and more. The problems facing our youth are vast and complex, and it has been a challenge for this group to narrow in on one issue and develop an issue campaign that will have a big impact. There is still interest amongst members to continue working on one or more of of these issues, but a team leader has not come forward. Team meetings are currently suspended.

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