As part of its third annual Summer Grants for Kids program, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation awarded $34,000 in grants to agencies in the four-county region for summer-related programming. Grants supported summer programs and activities that introduce area children to new experiences and opportunities and that actively involve the participation of their parents and other family members. COA Youth & Family Centers for camp scholarships for low-income youth to attend Camp Helen Brachman.

Grants of $1,000 were awarded to the following nonprofits:

Milwaukee County

Artists Working in Education for its Truck Studio program, a free mobile art program that will travel to 17 sites in Milwaukee throughout the summer and serve a minimum of 3,000 children with hands-on activities.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metropolitan Milwaukee to support the continuation of its school-based summer mentoring program over the summer through a number of organized events and a summer writing program.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee for a six-week program that teaches teens ages 14 to 17 skills needed to become a counselor at Camp Whitcomb/Mason.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation for Camp Ujima, a six-week summer day camp that provides a safe haven for youth victims of community violence.

COA Youth & Family Centers for camp scholarships for low-income youth to attend Camp Helen Brachman.

CORE/El Centro to expand its Sustainable Sprouts gardening and nutrition program for children ages 6 to 12 and incorporate children’s wellness and garden and nutrition programming.

Danceworks to provide scholarships for children ages 3-1/2 to 17 to attend its weeklong Summer Creative Arts Camps.

First Stage Children’s Theater in support of scholarships for participants of its Summer Theater Academy.

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast to give 60 girls from Milwaukee’s central city an opportunity to experience outdoor leadership experience at summer camp.

Latino Arts for the summer session music camp of its award-winning Latino Arts Strings Program.

Malaika Early Learning Center for the Great Adventures Summer Program, a program that will provide on-site and off-site activities for the child care center’s children.

Milwaukee Ballet Company supporting the Summer Relevé community outreach Program, which serves third through fifth graders at ALBA, Allen-Field and Parkside schools.

Milwaukee Public Library Foundation to support the Central Branch’s plans for a family-friendly exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Where the Wild Things Are,” a children’s book author by Maurice Sendak.

Milwaukee Public Museum for its Summer Urban Academy, an eight-week camp focused on science that serves underserved children ages 8 to 14 from the central city.

Milwaukee Rescue Mission in support of its six-week summer City Camp for low-income, central city children in second through eighth grades who are current or past guests at the nonprofit’s shelter for women and their children.

Nehemiah to increase the capacity of its six-week summer youth learning camp to serve 100 K5 to sixth graders.

New Concept Self-Development Center to support programming for its life youth summer project.

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center to enable it to extend its summer community learning center camp into August.

St. Marcus Lutheran Church to expand its full-day, four-week intensive summer school program to reach more students.

St. Thomas More High School in support of two summer robotics camps that will serve students entering seventh through 10th grades.

The Friendship Circle to support a three week project that will build a life-size polystyrene boat as part of its Camp Gan Israel.

United Community Center for a five-week summer enrichment program that serves more than 900 children from kindergarten to high school.

Urban Day School to fund field trips for students attending its summer school session.

Urban Ecology Center to support scholarships for K3 to 8th grade students who attend summer camp.

UWM Foundation to provide scholarships for K5 through eighth grade students attending its College for Kids summer program.

Variety-The Children’s Charities of Wisconsin for Chatter Matters Communication Camp, a four-day summer camp for people with physical disabilities who communicate primarily through the use of assistive technology as well as their family members and caregivers.

Wild Space for its five-week Summer Creative Arts Program for fifth- through eighth-grade students in Milwaukee that integrates dance, visual arts and theater.

Wisconsin Humane Society to support People Animals Learning, a violence prevention program for at-risk Milwaukee area youth ages 10 to 13, at the agency’s Ozaukee campus.

Washington County

Boys & Girls Club of Washington County for Summer Brain Gain, a program that which helps youth build literacy and math skills through fun programs, field trips and art activities.

Casa Guadalupe Education Center for three separate weeklong summer camps that provide basic Spanish language lessons to area children.

Museum of Wisconsin Art to support its Summer Teen Studio programs, which will be led by Milwaukee fashion designer Miranda Levy and teach textile design and fashion design.

Volunteer Center of Washington County to support scholarships to help the agency increase the number and diversity of campers who can attend its summer youth service learning initiative, Camp Super Hero.

Waukesha County

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts to provide financial aid for students of 95th Street School, Hmong American Peace Academy and MPS before and after school programs to attend The Art of Nature, its annual summer camp that combines dance, music and visual art.

Wellspring for scholarships to enable area teens to attend AgriCorps, a garden-based summer program.

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