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Running Rebels Community Organization

Running Rebels Community Organization Guiding Milwaukee youth into adulthood through mentoring, programming, and community connection.

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We wanted to share a few more pictures of Rebel staff & youth participating in National Wear Red Day last week to raise ...
02/07/2023

We wanted to share a few more pictures of Rebel staff & youth participating in National Wear Red Day last week to raise awareness for heart disease.

Today our staff participated in National Wear Red Day in honor of heart disease awareness and in memory of our beloved M...
02/04/2023

Today our staff participated in National Wear Red Day in honor of heart disease awareness and in memory of our beloved Ms. Cozy. ❤

We are sad to see Whitney go, but excited that she will be fulfilling her dream of becoming a Doula; even training other...
02/03/2023

We are sad to see Whitney go, but excited that she will be fulfilling her dream of becoming a Doula; even training other women of color how to provide guidance and support to pregnant women during labor. Whitney, your energy, smile and spirit will be missed at Running Rebels. Thank you for your many years of service and commitment to the youth and families in our care. It is impossible to count the number of young lives you have positively impacted. We appreciate you and wish you joy and success on your new path!

What is Be the Change?Be the Change was founded on the principles of leadership, education, cultural awareness, self-res...
02/03/2023

What is Be the Change?

Be the Change was founded on the principles of leadership, education, cultural awareness, self-respect, and brotherhood.

Darren, one of the main facilitators of this program, says, "We're a brotherhood, a fatherhood. You gotta have that 'hood' at the end, because we're a collective of men, young and old. We're teaching life skills, bouncing ideas off of each other . . . The young people tell us about the present, then we talk about our past experiences."

Our youth wearing their new Rebel volleyball tees … tonight all young people were on the court with some members of the ...
02/02/2023

Our youth wearing their new Rebel volleyball tees … tonight all young people were on the court with some members of the Team Milotso volleyball team, who came to our gym for a few hours to host a volleyball clinic.

Rebel staff member Tyson with his community basketball team, helping one of our youth celebrate a birthday at Dave and B...
02/01/2023

Rebel staff member Tyson with his community basketball team, helping one of our youth celebrate a birthday at Dave and Buster’s! 🥳🎈

This is Dawn, our Co-Executive Director, running a mentor training session over last Saturday's lunch hour. Providing on...
01/28/2023

This is Dawn, our Co-Executive Director, running a mentor training session over last Saturday's lunch hour. Providing ongoing training is important to ensure we're staying in tune with young people and bringing the best of ourselves to the work.

We have so many  moments to share with you. Here's one from this week:Rebel alumni Danya Kingsby was back in Milwaukee t...
01/27/2023

We have so many moments to share with you. Here's one from this week:

Rebel alumni Danya Kingsby was back in Milwaukee to provide special training to a youth community basketball team, coached regularly by Rell Carter and Danya's uncle Tyson Kingsby (Tyson is also a Rebel alumni and now a Rebel staff member).

In his college years Danya played ball for Bradley University and now plays professionally in Europe. Danya, we love that you took the time to support our youth while you were home.

This is the dynamic: the momentum of our work creating a self-sustaining cycle of giving, both to each other and to the larger community.

We'd like to congratulate Naomi, a North Division senior who participates in our VFZ program, for her acceptance into he...
01/26/2023

We'd like to congratulate Naomi, a North Division senior who participates in our VFZ program, for her acceptance into her top choice - Jackson State University!

Running Rebels has a long-standing connection with Jackson State, an HBCU that we've seen many of our youth attend over the years.

CONGRATS Naomi!! We're so proud of you!

Many of our young people are highly creative souls who sing, rap, dance, act, or play an instrument. Recently our Splash...
01/25/2023

Many of our young people are highly creative souls who sing, rap, dance, act, or play an instrument.

Recently our Splash & AV programming has been focused on giving youth a chance to practice for some upcoming events, including our celebration of Black History Month on February 24.

The January award for Photo of the Month goes to City Dreams! If you're a young person who would like to submit a photo ...
01/25/2023

The January award for Photo of the Month goes to City Dreams!

If you're a young person who would like to submit a photo for consideration at any point, please email it to [email protected].

Congratulations to our January Winner
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Before arts or rec programming, the first stop of the day for all Rebel youth is our Education Lab, where they have acce...
01/24/2023

Before arts or rec programming, the first stop of the day for all Rebel youth is our Education Lab, where they have access to tutoring, homework help, and computers on a daily basis.

We talk about basketball a lot around here, but we also have many young people who love to play volleyball as part of ou...
01/23/2023

We talk about basketball a lot around here, but we also have many young people who love to play volleyball as part of our rec programming!

Happy Friday from Rebel youth!You're looking at our second-floor lounge area at our East location. A few years ago, Desm...
01/21/2023

Happy Friday from Rebel youth!

You're looking at our second-floor lounge area at our East location. A few years ago, Desmond Mason, former Milwaukee Bucks player, and Vedale Hill, local artist and Rebel alumni, helped paint that mural with Rebel youth.

Rebel staff & youth celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King this week at the Milwaukee Public Library! We saw ...
01/18/2023

Rebel staff & youth celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King this week at the Milwaukee Public Library! We saw some amazing performances and heard words of encouragement from Mayor Cavalier Johnson, County Executive David Crowley, and Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs.

Thank you Montreal Cain for sharing your wisdom with our youth at yesterday’s 2023 Kingfest event, a celebration of Mart...
01/18/2023

Thank you Montreal Cain for sharing your wisdom with our youth at yesterday’s 2023 Kingfest event, a celebration of Martin Luther King’s life & legacy.

Montréal Cain speaks at the via zoom to the youth join in now www.tinyurl.com/kingfest2023

Tasha's body art booth at this week's AV workshop was magnetic. She had our youth gathered around her the entire evening...
01/13/2023

Tasha's body art booth at this week's AV workshop was magnetic. She had our youth gathered around her the entire evening, up until the very last minute.

Tasha is a local artist who has been doing great work with us for a while, leading art workshops with our youth and helping to create many of the art pieces displayed at our Central location. She has brought joy, creativity, and confidence to our youth and we're grateful for her presence here.

Skyy Tatum, a participant in our VFZ program at Obama, sung the national anthem at the Obama vs Marshall basketball game...
01/12/2023

Skyy Tatum, a participant in our VFZ program at Obama, sung the national anthem at the Obama vs Marshall basketball game this week! Great job Skyy!!

Every Monday is Ladies Night at Running Rebels! Join us for leadership building, crafts, games, field trips, hair tutori...
01/11/2023

Every Monday is Ladies Night at Running Rebels! Join us for leadership building, crafts, games, field trips, hair tutorials, and more from 5-7pm at our Central location.

A few days ago, after cancelling the original event back in December because of rough weather, we finally got to host ou...
01/10/2023

A few days ago, after cancelling the original event back in December because of rough weather, we finally got to host our annual holiday party for Rebel youth.

This event has been a much-loved Running Rebels tradition for over 20 years and isn't something we could skip. We feasted on an amazing homemade meal together and gave our youth the chance to pick out gifts for themselves. It was so fun to show our young people some extra love during the holiday season!

This week Rebel youth took a special trip to Torrence's House of Threads to get fitted for the 500 Black Tuxedos event h...
01/06/2023

This week Rebel youth took a special trip to Torrence's House of Threads to get fitted for the 500 Black Tuxedos event happening next Saturday, January 14. Congratulations Andre Lee Ellis!!

Rebel youth & mentors connecting during Thursday night youth rec programming!
01/06/2023

Rebel youth & mentors connecting during Thursday night youth rec programming!

We would like to thank Mentor Greater Milwaukee, Gee's Clippers Barber and Beauty Salon, and the Milwaukee Bucks for all...
01/05/2023

We would like to thank Mentor Greater Milwaukee, Gee's Clippers Barber and Beauty Salon, and the Milwaukee Bucks for allowing our youth the opportunity to connect personally with Bobby Portis and hear his powerful story.

01/03/2023

Rebel alumni Kevon Looney at it again!! 🔥

Happy New Year, Running Rebels community!! We wanted to share one of our favorite photos from this past year, a snapshot...
12/30/2022

Happy New Year, Running Rebels community!!

We wanted to share one of our favorite photos from this past year, a snapshot from our block party & anniversary celebration this summer with youth and community members. We’re so grateful for you all!

Winter is the perfect time to settle into a Running Rebels studio for the hour. Our studios are open to all youth ages 1...
12/30/2022

Winter is the perfect time to settle into a Running Rebels studio for the hour. Our studios are open to all youth ages 12-18, no experience required.

Behind the mic✨ Sierra, a Rebel youth since the age of 11 and now a Rebel staff member, discovered over the course of he...
12/29/2022

Behind the mic✨ Sierra, a Rebel youth since the age of 11 and now a Rebel staff member, discovered over the course of her time here that she loves public speaking and communicating with an audience about topics that matter to her. She's consistent about putting in the work during our Splash training sessions to keep her skills fresh ⭐️☺️

Congratulations to our December winner for
12/27/2022

Congratulations to our December winner for

Congratulations to Winner for

Longtime Rebels alumni Tony Whitley & his wife came to support the Unity MKE holiday giveaway last weekend. Back in the ...
12/27/2022

Longtime Rebels alumni Tony Whitley & his wife came to support the Unity MKE holiday giveaway last weekend. Back in the day Tony played ball for both Running Rebels and Marshall High School.

Running Rebels has always had a good relationship with Marshall High School, whose basketball team came to help out with...
12/26/2022

Running Rebels has always had a good relationship with Marshall High School, whose basketball team came to help out with the Unity MKE giveaway last weekend.

Happy Holidays, Running Rebels community!
12/25/2022

Happy Holidays, Running Rebels community!

More holiday fun from this past weekend's Unity MKE toy giveaway.
12/24/2022

More holiday fun from this past weekend's Unity MKE toy giveaway.

Taking a moment before the Unity MKE holiday giveaway this past weekend to rally the team & connect with youth.
12/23/2022

Taking a moment before the Unity MKE holiday giveaway this past weekend to rally the team & connect with youth.

This past Saturday the Unity MKE community gathered at the Rebels gym to host a holiday toy giveaway! Many wore their ap...
12/22/2022

This past Saturday the Unity MKE community gathered at the Rebels gym to host a holiday toy giveaway!

Many wore their apparel for 300 Strong, a group of local nonprofits and businesses dedicated to creating more unity across the city of Milwaukee.

Our staff engaging in some hands-on AV training. Something fun to know: every person in this picture has been part of th...
12/22/2022

Our staff engaging in some hands-on AV training. Something fun to know: every person in this picture has been part of the Rebels community since their youth and are now continuing this good work as adults.

Until next time, Kevon Looney!
12/20/2022

Until next time, Kevon Looney!

As adults, many Rebel youth return to (or remain in) this community to give back what they received as a young person. W...
12/19/2022

As adults, many Rebel youth return to (or remain in) this community to give back what they received as a young person. We call this "coming full circle." Our logo was designed with this phrase in mind.

Earlier this month in the Running Rebels gym, youth basketball teams from North Division and the Milwaukee School of Excellence faced off against each other.

ND's head coach is Kalombo Kadima, Rebel alumni. MSoE's head coach is Branden Joseph, Rebel alumni.

The referee for this game was Tyson Kingsby, Rebel alumni and current staff member. In attendance was Dell Williams, Rebel alumni and the current Vice Chair of our board.

This is a powerful representation of what it means to come full circle. These alumni have remained connected to the community that helped shape them as young people. On a consistent basis, they offer their leadership, guidance, knowledge, and positive presence back to us.

Kalombo, Branden, Tyson & Dell: you are so valued by this community. We're so proud to call you Rebels for Life!

We shared so many great moments with Rebel alumni Kevon Looney this week. Here's a few more of Rebel youth enjoying thei...
12/18/2022

We shared so many great moments with Rebel alumni Kevon Looney this week. Here's a few more of Rebel youth enjoying their time at the Warriors vs Bucks game this past Tuesday night.

We're always cheering on Rebel alumni Donte Jackson, Head Coach of the basketball team for Grambling State University. I...
12/16/2022

We're always cheering on Rebel alumni Donte Jackson, Head Coach of the basketball team for Grambling State University. In his youth Donte played for the Running Rebels AAU team and made a name for himself as one of Milwaukee's top athletes. In college he played Division I basketball and went on to become head coach at GSU, whose team has seen a lot of success during his time there.

Go Donte!

📖 𝗠𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗛𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗬 📖

Grambling State men’s basketball has claimed two victories over Power 5 opponents in the same season for the first time in school history‼️

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In his youth, NBA player Kevon Looney was a regular attendee of Running Rebels programming. Now, he plays for the Golden...
12/16/2022

In his youth, NBA player Kevon Looney was a regular attendee of Running Rebels programming. Now, he plays for the Golden State Warriors. This week his team returned to Wisconsin soil to face off against the Bucks, and he didn't miss the opportunity to come spend some time with our young people. Kevon, we always appreciate how intentional you are about making time to come see us when you're in town and supporting us no matter what part of the country you're in.

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225 West Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI
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Monday 8am - 7pm
Tuesday 8am - 7pm
Wednesday 8am - 7pm
Thursday 8am - 7pm
Friday 8am - 7pm

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(414) 264-8222

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🙌BILTRITE was proud to be a Captain Sponsor for Running Rebels Community Organization’s 43rd Anniversary that was held on September 20th, 2022, at Fiserv Forum’s Panoramic Lounge. It was a memorable event featuring NBA Legend & Milwaukee Bucks Announcer Marques Johnson as Master of Ceremonies, youth performances, stories from members and mentors, fabulous food, and more❗

The Running Rebels Community Organization engages the community, youth, and their families, prevents involvement in gangs, drugs, violence, and the juvenile justice system, intervenes and guides youth by assisting them with making positive choices, and coaches youth through their transition into adulthood. We accomplish this through building relationships with youth and providing the resources and skills necessary for them to become thriving, connected, and contributing adult members of our community.



🙌BILTRITE was proud to be a Captain Sponsor for Running Rebels Community Organization’s 43rd Anniversary that was held on September 20th, 2022, at Fiserv Forum’s Panoramic Lounge. It was a memorable event featuring NBA Legend & Milwaukee Bucks Announcer Marques Johnson as Master of Ceremonies, youth performances, stories from members and mentors, fabulous food, and more❗

The Running Rebels Community Organization engages the community, youth, and their families, prevents involvement in gangs, drugs, violence, and the juvenile justice system, intervenes and guides youth by assisting them with making positive choices, and coaches youth through their transition into adulthood. We accomplish this through building relationships with youth and providing the resources and skills necessary for them to become thriving, connected, and contributing adult members of our community.

Episode 2 of the Crowley Connect features Dawn and Victor Barnett of the Running Rebels Community Organization. We talk about the history of the organization, issues affecting our youth, and volunteer opportunities for the public.

It was a gorgeous Saturday for Water School to be held at Havenwoods State Forest, a unique urban State Forest. Rhonda Nordstrom led a self-assessment of water knowledge and helped groups plan their projects. Everyone joined in a hike through the beautiful fall landscape with Erik Desotelle, our Water City Program Coordinator and resident tree expert! The weather was perfect to paint outside on team Mandalas!
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MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary
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Thinking about registering for our girls mentoring program! Visit Our open house on Sept 24th 5:00pm -7:00 at the Running Rebels Community Organization

Thank you See Love ❤️
Cream Skills Inc. 6th Year Anniversary Month

Officially started my career in 2012 at the COA Goldin Center & since then I dedicated my life to mentor underprivileged youth in impoverished communities (like the one I grew up in). I have an EXTREME amount of passion for what I do & if you never met me or worked with me you would never know!! I put my life on the line a few times to protect our youth and I will do it again if I have to. Over the past decade I've influenced/taught/mentored hundreds of MKE Youth and I feel like I am just getting started 😎 !!

I would like to thank MATC Downtown Milwaukee Campus COA Youth & Family Centers Operation Dream, Inc. Running Rebels Community Organization Community Advocates Public Policy Institute for being the spring board I needed to launch my career, you provided me the necessary tools I needed to perfect my craft!

I would also like to thank Que Boyles & Maudwella Kirkendoll for teaching me about professionalism and for giving me the opportunity, and to the 7th district Alderman Khalif J Rainey for encouraging me to keep pushing, much gratitude!!!



Special thanks to Running Rebels Community Organization and Unity MKE for having me on the show yesterday catching up on what I’ve been working on! Full Interview https://fb.watch/ffkOfCYFSS/
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Special thanks to Running Rebels Community Organization and Unity MKE for having me on the show yesterday catching up on what I’ve been working on! Full Interview https://fb.watch/ffkOfCYFSS/
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Session #3 of Water School: Mother nature offered us perfect weather for a day-long field trip to Mauthe Lake! We all live near the confluence of the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan, so it was cool to make the connection to the headwaters area of the river. After a brief presentation about this glaciated area, we spent the day walking, playing in the sand and water, fishing, paddling, painting and participating in a parks-led drum circle!

MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary
KK River Neighbors in Action
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Villard BID
Victory Garden Initiative

Dream Girls enjoyed a Very Special Guest visit from Dawn Barnett Co Executive Director Running Rebels Community Organization 💕 Thank you for sharing your story and inspiration with our girls 😊
I’m honored to be recognized as a Community Honoree amongst such outstanding Award Recipients & fellow Community Honorees! Im grateful for the continued support and mentorship of Running Rebels Community Organization and I’m Looking forward to celebrating an amazing evening Highlighting Black Excellence! Be sure to Grab your tickets 🎟 Milwaukee Stand up 🖤 UNITY
Vision board creation at the Running Rebels Community Organization.
Wisconsin Voices attended the Running Rebels Community Organization Unity event this weekend.
Amazing, watch this youth tell his story and his concerns about reckless driving.

Milwaukee Turners at Turner Hall Metcalfe Park Community Bridges
MCC's Youth Development Program teamed up with Running Rebels Community Organization and Extension Milwaukee County at Kohl Farm yesterday! It is awesome watching young people building relationships with each other and w/ nature across the city.

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