14th Annual Urban Initiatives Conference

Youth/Adult Partnerships: Engaging Youth in Community Transformation

The 14th Annual Urban Initiatives Conference was held June 20, 2012. Youth/Adult Partnerships: Engaging Youth in Community Transformation featured national leaders and local experts in youth programming and development to discuss what effective youth engagement looks like.

Morning workshops provided attendees an opportunity to learn new and improve current skills for working with youth. The afternoon was dedicated to a ‘hands on’ example resulting from months of youth/adult partnership work. Local youth shared projects designed to engage peers in contributing to the Milwaukee Succeeds framework, a “cradle to career” community-wide initiative chaired by representatives from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Northwestern Mutual, and UWM.

Presenters included:
  • Lisa Bouillion Diaz, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Roberto Rivera, The Good Life Organization
  • Rebecca Saito, University of Minnesota
  • Wokie Weah, Youthprise
The 14th Annual Urban Initiatives Conference was presented by the UWM Center for Urban Initiatives and Research, the Planning Council for Health and Human Services, and the UWM Youth Work Learning Center.