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Black Arts Think Tank (BATT) supports Ko-Thi Dance Company and African American Children’s Theatre - two of Wisconsin’s oldest African American arts treasures offering 80 years of dance, music, theater performances and youth arts education. Our mission is to continue building strong, sustainable arts organizations that preserve and promote the history and culture of the African diaspora and inspire creativity in future generations. We’re committed to exposing diverse audiences to cultural programming. Each year, we engage thousands of underserved school children, youth, families, and audiences through main stage performances, educational outreach, special events and community collaborative partnerships.  Black Arts Think Tank is co-producer of Black Nativity by Langston Hughes – a new holiday musical tradition in Milwaukee.

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee is the largest youth-serving agency in the city. Every day, an average of 5,000 of Milwaukee’s youth stream through the doors of a Boys & Girls Club and participates in academic and recreational programming. We provide safety and support during critical hours of the day as well as meals, strong role models, organized athletics and access to the arts. At the Clubs, there’s a way for every kid to get involved and learn something new. Our vision is to build the community’s social and economic fabric by ensuring the academic and career success of every member that walks through our doors. We achieve this by providing more impactful programs that appeal to our members, strengthen their academic performance, build character, encourage healthy lifestyles and meet the basic needs of Milwaukee’s youth. 

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGA) provide a safe place to learn and grow, make friends, develop ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, participate in life-enhancing programs, and develop character. Programs include education and career development, leadership skills, health and life skills, visual and performing arts, crafts, creative writing, social and interpersonal skills, fitness, sports, and recreation. More than 4,000 clubs throughout the US serve over four million youth.

The Boys Scouts of America (BSA) is a youth development organization that provides a chance for young people to build character, learn the responsibilities of being a participating citizen, and develop personal fitness. The Boy Scouts combine fun with activities that are educational and build lifelong values.

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) builds and strengthens the capacity of community coalitions to create safe, healthy, and drug-free communities. Community coalitions are made up of local members of a community—people from business, government, law enforcement, schools, the media, and the faith community, as well as parents and youth. Everyone works together to combat substance abuse and its related problems.

The CADCA National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI) is a training program that gives youth and adults the tools necessary to address problems so that they can make positive changes in their communities. 

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program is a substance abuse prevention education program that is taught in more than 70 percent of the nation’s school districts. 

The D.A.R.E. Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is made up of 50 students, one per state, who are graduates of the D.A.R.E. program at their schools. In addition to advising D.A.R.E., they consult with government and community leaders on drug-and-violence-prevention strategies that benefit youth. They also work as a united body to help others resist the pressure to become involved in drugs and violence while being positive role models. 

The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) work with girls to develop their leadership potential through activities that enable them to discover their values, skills, and the world around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a difference in the world. Through activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouting provides girls with the opportunities for fun and friendship while fostering development of leadership skills and self-esteem.

The Law Enforcement Exploring Program is designed for young men and women from the ages of 14 through 20 who are interested in a future in law enforcement. The program helps young people gain insight into a variety of careers through hands-on activities, while working on career development, leadership and life skills, citizenship and character development.

The Young Marines (YM) program is a youth education and service program for boys and girls ages 8 through completion of high school. It promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on building character, developing leadership, and promoting a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. This is a national program with 300 units throughout the United States.