We believe in the power of education to transform lives and entire cities. We strive to create awareness about the growing achievement and opportunity gap in Milwaukee, raise money to help support the expansion of high-performing schools, and build mentoring relationships between suburban and urban students. By creating partnerships that tie our two communities together, we strengthen our city and mend preconceived notions of division. With education as a priority, we will rebuild Milwaukee from the ground up. To ensure fewer adults experience incarceration, hunger, or homelessness, we motivate children to complete high school and strive for college. All children deserve a future – our mission is to guide them to success.
My name is Chandlar Strauss and I graduated from Homestead High School in 2016. I am currently studying Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University with a focus in community leadership and development. My best friend Danielle and I founded Kids4Kids 2013. Together we created a plan to benefit students in our Milwaukee community. After working with central-city students, I have become deeply invested in their future and success. My sophomore year we hosted an event raising 30,000 dollars for Milwaukee College Prep and Schools That Can Milwaukee. Additionally, we gained much needed noise in the media. My senior year (2015-2016), we focused our efforts towards building mentoring relationships. We have recruited over 120 volunteers from six different schools to tutor at Milwaukee College Prep with us weekly. Through hard work and determination to make a difference, our vision has become a reality. Frederic Douglas, activist and advocate for equal rights, one said: "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." Although it will take great effort, progress is possible. I am optimistic that we can repair Milwaukee's segregated disposition.
My name is Danielle Fleming and I graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 2016. Chandlar and I have been friends since the day we were born; we met when our beds were next to each other in the hospital. We were always close growing up which made it that much more difficult when we came to the realization that we couldn’t attend the same High School, solely because we didn’t live in the same district. We began talking and brainstorming, deciding that not only did we want to spend more time together, we also wanted to help our community. This is how our idea of Kids 4 Kids began and is continuing to grow. Once a week we go to Milwaukee College Prep and teach and bond with the kids. We help them with their homework and get to listen to their wonderful stories about the fun, energetic and amazing days they have at school. I love seeing the caring atmosphere Milwaukee College Prep provides for the children and each week I see growth and change in my kids. I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else with my Tuesday afternoons and doing it with my best friend makes it that much better!
My name is Bethany Ford and I was the 2016-2017 President of Kids4Kids. I had another great year with Milwaukee College Prep's scholars. For the year 2017, my goals included raising funds to transport Homestead high school student volunteers to Milwaukee College Prep and recruiting more students to become role models and mentors for MCP's scholars. I am proud to announce that both of these goals were accomplished! Through my years, Kids4Kids has shown improvements in the scholars' academics and attitudes which have motivate me to to see what we can accomplish as a community.