Helping youth get that critical experience is at the heart of the mission of the Youth Employment Services, or YES, program. It’s run by the Milwaukee nonprofit St. Charles Youth and Family Services, Inc., a social service agency that serves at-risk youth and their families.
Last year, St. Charles’ opened RePurpose, a non-profit resale shop in Sherman Park, to serve as a training ground for these young people to learn on-the-job work skills.
We all know that children who grow up in disadvantaged homes face unique challenges to their well-being and their chances for success later in life. But growing up in low-income circumstances isn’t a blanket predictor of a child’s future; some may do well, some may struggle.
But are there factors that could predict a child’s future situation? Do children of a particular demographic fare better than those of another in the long run? How much depends on a child’s ability to grow and make his own future, and how much is out of his control?
Astronomy contributor Jean Creighton joined us to talk about what stars and constellations are visible to us in the night sky this month.
"It’s going too fast and the isotope ratios are different; this one came from elsewhere," says Creighton. "That means that you can look up at a really bright star. Arcturus is really bright, and pretty, and you’re looking at a piece of another galaxy."
The news seemingly each day this summer has been filled with reports of gun violence and its aftermath. Fatal and non-fatal shootings get plenty of headlines, but what isn’t covered as regularly is the aftermath of that violence; how it affects the victims, their families, and the community at large.
There are also people and organizations working to make change.
Late yesterday afternoon, Dutch investigators were finally allowed access to the Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over rebel-held territory in Ukraine. The bodies that have been recovered are being transported back to the Netherlands, where the flight took off last week.
There’s no doubt we live in a highly politicized, highly polarized time. As we enter the mid-term elections, there are a number of Republican candidates who are running with the promise of trying to impeach President Obama in the last two years of his term.
A variety of challenges, both foreign and domestic, have President Obama’s popularity at a low point, even among people who have historically supported him. It’s a far cry from the mandate that the President and his political allies cited after his re-election two years ago.
For the past year and a half, a group of photographers from the photographic cooperative Magnum Photos has fanned out across America. The project, Postcards from America, aims to capture the essence of specific places across the country from multiple points of view.