Ald. Donovan helps get funding for Neighborhood Ambassador program
MILWAUKEE -- Alderman Bob Donovan wants to help make a large area in his south side district cleaner and safer.
He plans to do so with the help of 15 "Neighborhood Ambassadors". Donovan introduced the latest group of them to the community Thursday morning outside the Journey House on 21st and Scott Street.
The ambassadors will help patrol the neighborhoods, looking for signs of suspicious activity, clean up litter and graffiti and, eventually, get the skills to find family-supporting jobs.
They'll get training from the Journey House and United Migrant Opportunities Services -- two south side community organizations. Those groups will help with leadership training, police workshops, financial training and job search skills.
Alderman Donovan thinks stopping the violence Milwaukee has gone through this summer starts on the community level with programs like this.
"The bad guys are cowards," Donovan said. "They want to do things in the dark. They don't want to be recognized. So when good people and kids are out on the streets and the parents are sitting out on the porches and the ambassadors are reaching out to them and the businesses, it's a real, real plus."
The program is in its seventh year, but nearly didn't return this year because of budget cuts. Alderman Donovan helped secure state and local funding to run the program at least through September 2014.