Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 12/11/2018 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 11. Action on Request to Approve the Partnership between Milwaukee Public Schools, the Milwaukee Bucks and the City of Milwaukee
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 3.08 - Student Activities Funds Management
File Attachment:
Background: In 2016, the Public Policy Forum conducted a study to explore the feasibility of developing a Mentor Affiliate in Milwaukee. The study, “Mentoring in Milwaukee: Developing a Regional Mentoring Network,” engaged 13 mentoring organizations in the strategic planning process. Following the study, it was determined that there is an unmet demand for quality mentors in Milwaukee. As a result, MPS, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the City of Milwaukee agreed to partner in establishing a Mentor Affiliate in Milwaukee. MENTOR Greater Milwaukee (MGM), is the Milwaukee Mentor Affiliate.

In late 2017, the three organizations, with the guidance of Mentor National, held a funder’s convening to solicit support for MGM. During the event, partner agency leaders pledged $75,000/year for three years to provide the financial foundation for MGM. The philanthropic community was asked to join the partner agencies in funding MGM.

The Al Hurvis/ADAMM Education Foundation and the Milwaukee County Office of African American Affairs (OAAA) answered the call for support by contributing $50,000 and $25,000 respectively. The MPS Foundation currently serves as the fiscal agent for the newly formed MENTOR Greater Milwaukee affiliate. Contributions made by the Milwaukee Bucks ($37,500), the Al Hurvis/ADAMM Foundation and the OAA are currently held in an MPS Foundation account earmarked for MGM.

MGM will work collaboratively across sectors to support existing and emerging organizations that provide mentoring services to youth by:
• Recruiting individuals interested in becoming a mentor or interested in placing their child in a mentor program;

• Expanding the capacity of agencies to provide high-quality mentoring programs;

• Training volunteer mentors and groups that want to start mentoring;

• Ensuring quality standards in all mentoring efforts;

• Significantly increasing the number of youth in quality mentoring relationships;

• Convening local mentoring providers, and promoting networking, collaboration and shared learning.

One of the primary goals of MGM is to build capacity among agencies that are currently offering mentoring services and to increase collaboration among mentoring services by implementing an administrative component that will coordinate recruitment and training efforts.

Impact on MPS Students

Following the official launch of MGM scheduled for January 2019, mentors will be identified for MPS middle school males and females of color. The remainder of 2018-19 will be focused on the Black and Latino Male Achievement (BLMA) Department collaborating with MGM to identify the short, mid- and long-term goals and action plan for implementation. In 2019-2020, BLMA and MGM will begin a phased approach toward execution of the mentoring plan. The goal is to have a mentor assigned to each male middle school student (grades 6-8) by the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

The benefit of this partnership is the assistance that MGM will afford MPS in aligning trained mentors with MPS students.
Fiscal Impact Statement: $75,000/year for 3 years ($225,000 in total) starting in the 2018-19 school year and ending in 2020-2021
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon approval by the Board, the administration will facilitate the partnership.
Recommendation: The Administration requests the Board approve the partnership between MPS, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the City of Milwaukee to support the Milwaukee MENTOR Greater Milwaukee (MGM) Affiliate.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Kellie J Sigh - Director
Signed By:
Marla Bronaugh - Chief Communications and School Performance Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent