For the past four years, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Summer Grants for Kids program has supported programs that not only combat the summer learning loss but also provide new opportunities and great summer memories to children and young adults within the greater Milwaukee area. Mini grants of up to $1,200 each were awarded to the following area nonprofits:

Best Buddies of Wisconsin: To send leaders from high school and college chapters in Wisconsin to Best Buddies International Leadership Conference at Indiana University in July.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metropolitan Milwaukee: To support its Summer Bridge mentoring and writing program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee: To support a young person to attend its resident camp atCamp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland. 

Bradley Family Foundation: To support a week-long, full day art and nature camp for children ages 6 to 12, in collaboration with Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, in early August.

Casa Guadalupe Education Center: To support four separate weeklong Spanish language summer camps for Hispanic and non-Hispanic children ages 4 to 11 in the community.

Casa Romero Renewal Center: To support a youth enrichment camp for at-risk middle and high school students that will help them develop their leadership skills.

Cedarburg Art Museum: To support its five-week Main Street Art Camp, which works with children ages 4 to 10.

Center for Urban Teaching: To provide classroom materials and supplies used for reading instruction, math instruction and enrichment activities in its four-week summer school program.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: To support Camp Ujima, a six-week day camp which works with at-risk youth ages 8 to 17 who have been traumatized by violence.

COA Youth & Family Centers: To support an at-risk youth between the ages of 8 and 17 to attend its camp at Camp Helen Brachman.

CORE/El Centro: To support Sustainable Sprouts, a program where students ages 6 to 12 learn how to garden and cook healthy foods.

Express Yourself Milwaukee: To support internships for youth artists in its six-week multidisciplinary therapeutic arts group.

First Stage Children’s Theater: To help with need-based scholarships for students attending its Summer Theater Academy.

Kids Tales: To fund program supplies and books for its writing workshop for children ages 8 to 12.

Latino Arts: To support its five-week Latino Arts Strings Program, which teaches low-income Hispanic youth ages 5 to 18 various forms of Latin American folk music.

Lead2Change: To assist with transportation costs for students participating in its career-focused internship experience and summer academy.

Milwaukee Ballet supporting the Summer Relevé community outreach program, which teaches classical ballet to fourth through sixth graders at ALBA, Allen-Field and Parkside schools.

Milwaukee Christian Center: To support its summer experiential literacy project, which will provide field trips and hands-on activities to develop the literacy skills of students ages 6 to 13.

Milwaukee Public Museum for its Summer Urban Academy, a seven-week camp focused on science that serves underserved fourth through sixth grade students from the central city.

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

Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation: To support neighborhood-based tennis and academic instruction for youth ages 7 to 18 through a six-week summer camp.

Penfield Children’s Center: To support costs of at least five field trips for children from its Early Education and Care Program. Destinations include Discovery World, Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee Public Museum, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and the Mitchell Park Domes.

Riveredge Nature Center: To support children ages 3 to 18 participating in its Nature Journeys Summer Camp program.

SHARP Literacy: To support development of children's literacy skills through an eight-week arts-based curriculum.

St. Joseph’s Academy: To support children in kindergarten through sixth grade in their learning of science concepts through imaginative, hands on experiments.

United Community Center: To help offset costs for transportation and field trips as part of its five-week summer enrichment program that serves low-income Hispanic students.

Variety – The Children’s Charities of Wisconsin: To support Chatter Matters Community Camp, a one-week camp which helps children with physical disabilities who are unable to communicate verbally to communicate through assistive technology.

We Grow Greens: To support its Kids Grow Greens program, which teaches students from the Franklin Heights and Amani neighborhoods to grow and to prepare healthy food.

Wellspring: To support scholarships for teens ages 14 to 17 from Milwaukee and Washington counties to attend AgriCorps, its weeklong, garden-based summer program.

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