Running Rebels Community Organization

Running Rebels Community Organization Running Rebels Community Organization's EPIC mission is to Engage the community, youth, and their families, Prevent involvement in gangs, drugs, violence, and the juvenile justice system, Intervene and guide youth through their transition into adulthood.
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Since 1980, the Running Rebels Community Organization has been dedicated to developing Milwaukee’s youth mentally, physically and spiritually. By offering a youth program that focuses on education and recreational activities, Running Rebels provides Milwaukee’s youth with positive alternatives to gangs and substance abuse. Victor Barnett, the founder of the 30 year old organization states, "I wanted to provide an alternate outlet for the youth and help them (stay) out of trouble. I wanted to show them that someone does care about their needs." For his efforts, Victor received one of channel 12's "12 WHO CARE" awards for his tireless work over the past years with the young men in the community. He has also been featured several times on WTMJ Channel 4's "Positively Milwaukee" for his unique and engaging programming. Through respect, teamwork and discipline, he has helped to mold hundreds of young men into responsible members of your society. Running Rebels programs for high risk youth include mentoring, tutoring, crisis stabilization, anger management, daily living skills, an after-school and summer safe and sound program and separate programs for serious chronic offenders and firearm offenders. Running Rebels also provides innovative programming to appeal to a broader cross- section of youth. These programs include a high-caliber AAU boys basketball team, a music instruction program and a youth entrepreneurial program which aims at developing skills and income-producing opportunities in the areas of lawn care, audio/visual and studio production, catering and T-shirt designing/distribution. The RUNNING REBELS will continue to be active with Milwaukee’s youth, helping them to reach their highest potential.

Since 1980, the Running Rebels Community Organization has been dedicated to developing Milwaukee’s youth mentally, physically and spiritually. By offering a youth program that focuses on education and recreational activities, Running Rebels provides Milwaukee’s youth with positive alternatives to gangs and substance abuse. Victor Barnett, the founder of the 30 year old organization states, "I wanted to provide an alternate outlet for the youth and help them (stay) out of trouble. I wanted to show them that someone does care about their needs." For his efforts, Victor received one of channel 12's "12 WHO CARE" awards for his tireless work over the past years with the young men in the community. He has also been featured several times on WTMJ Channel 4's "Positively Milwaukee" for his unique and engaging programming. Through respect, teamwork and discipline, he has helped to mold hundreds of young men into responsible members of your society. Running Rebels programs for high risk youth include mentoring, tutoring, crisis stabilization, anger management, daily living skills, an after-school and summer safe and sound program and separate programs for serious chronic offenders and firearm offenders. Running Rebels also provides innovative programming to appeal to a broader cross- section of youth. These programs include a high-caliber AAU boys basketball team, a music instruction program and a youth entrepreneurial program which aims at developing skills and income-producing opportunities in the areas of lawn care, audio/visual and studio production, catering and T-shirt designing/distribution. The RUNNING REBELS will continue to be active with Milwaukee’s youth, helping them to reach their highest potential.

Mission: "The mission of Running Rebels Community Organization is to provide programs that will assist Milwaukee's youth in developing mentally, physically, and spiritually, while also promoting community unity."

Operating as usual

01/14/2021

Did you know Running Rebels provides both prevention and intervention mentoring? Listen to local artist Vedale Hilll's story about the impact of Running Rebels mentoring after he became involved with the Juvenile Justice System as a teen. Vedale is a talent Milwaukee artist who now gives back by teaching art at community organizations including Running Rebels. #Fullcircle #amplifymentoring #mentoringamplifies #rebelingmentoring #mentoringmatters #Rebel4life

All month we are hosting Mentoring Conversations. Register for the conversations below: Women in Mentoring:https://us02w...
01/12/2021

All month we are hosting Mentoring Conversations. Register for the conversations below:
Women in Mentoring:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qduChrzIrH9X_N7sV-6Ie_Ktn-Cn_xEFU

Mentoring Stories from the Rebel Board
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The Next Generation of Mentors
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#Rebelmentoring #mentoringamplifies #mentoringmatters #NationalMentoringMonth

Check out the mentoring work our Violence Free Zone sister organization, Milwaukee Christian Center is doing in schools!...
01/11/2021

Check out the mentoring work our Violence Free Zone sister organization, Milwaukee Christian Center is doing in schools! Thank you for all your do to build a strong Milwaukee community through mentoring.
#MentoringMonth #NationalMentoringMonth #MentoringAmplifies #communityunity #community

"My relationship with my mentor means a lot to me because even when I thought I couldn't pass or when I wanted to give up, she always encouraged me and reminded me that I am an intelligent person and can do whatever I put my mind towards." - Tyrese Wilson, Senior & Violence Free Zone mentee at Bay View High School

Where do you see Tyrese in the future?
"Tyrese would like to become a Realtor. I know he will become a very successful real estate agent with a strong client base soon. Tyrese is very personable and works hard to achieve his goals." - Leah Moe, Mentor and Violence Free Zone Supervisor

Join us for National Mentoring Month as we focus on the importance of mentors, and reflect on how each of us — individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, and nonprofits — can help grow the mentoring movement and the positive effects it has on young people. #MentoringAmplifies community and opportunity! #strongneighborhoods #fullofopportunity

Impactful mentors encourage their youth to identify issues in their community and work to find positive solutions.  AJ, ...
01/08/2021
#MissionOverAddiction Comic

Impactful mentors encourage their youth to identify issues in their community and work to find positive solutions. AJ, a Rebel youth, did just that with the support of his mentors by writing and designing this comic encouraging his peers to say no to drugs and not give in to peer pressure.
Support our youth led #missionoveraddiction campaign and share his comic. Thank you to our partners at MCSAP !
#MentoringAmplifies #MentoringMonth #Rebelmentoring #mentoringmatters

I made this comic with Pixton EDU, a new comic-making app that makes writing fun and easy for students. https://edu.pixton.com/

Did you know that we offer preventative youth programs like the Community Mentoring Program, which is backed by Wisconsi...
01/07/2021

Did you know that we offer preventative youth programs like the Community Mentoring Program, which is backed by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families?

Jatavia, a 15 year old Community Mentoring participant says her Rebel mentors help her feel connected and loved.

"I am lucky to have many mentors at the Rebels, but the one I’ve known the longest is Ms. Whitney. We have a great connection and she is so welcoming and funny. I love how she doesn’t give up on me, especially if I don’t want to do something, she always encourages me to at least try. She’s helped me become more creative and boost my confidence."

#MentoringAmplifies #MentoringMonth #Rebelmentoring #mentoringmatters

Join us tonight at 5:00 pm for Rebel Conversations: Mentoring through Sports! Register at  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeti...
01/06/2021

Join us tonight at 5:00 pm for Rebel Conversations: Mentoring through Sports! Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpd-yqpzMjEtw5kdruni9n50gQFX_hs9dE
#MentoringAmplifies #MentoringMonth #mentoringmatters

Join us tomorrow at 5:00pm for Rebel Conversations: Mentoring Through Sports!
Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpd-yqpzMjEtw5kdruni9n50gQFX_hs9dE?fbclid=IwAR3-o5KZlWUhGgfDLWanIYF1U-vKlmMv3J3DfsiJ6gzD_yhlqzhSf1B8l8g

Hear local mentors/coaches and Rebel Alumni discuss how to use sports as a mentoring tool.
#Nationalmentoringmonth #mentoringmonth #Rebelmentoring #MentoringAmplifies #mentoringmatters #sports #basketball

01/04/2021
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01/01/2021
Yesterday, we partnered with We Got This Milwaukee for a community toy giveaway! #communityunity
12/30/2020
About a thousand Toys handed out to families in Milwaukee

Yesterday, we partnered with We Got This Milwaukee for a community toy giveaway!
#communityunity

To continue the spirit of giving and to celebrate Kwanzaa, ‘We Got This’ handed out about a thousand toys to families in Milwaukee. The toys were donated by Kapco’s Kids2Kids.

Since it's not safe to play basketball, Rebel mentors and mentees participated in a distanced shoot-out competition!
12/29/2020

Since it's not safe to play basketball, Rebel mentors and mentees participated in a distanced shoot-out competition!

Our hearts go out to those who are struggling with addiction this holiday season. AJ, a Rebel youth wrote and designed t...
12/28/2020
#MissionOverAddiction Comic

Our hearts go out to those who are struggling with addiction this holiday season. AJ, a Rebel youth wrote and designed this comic encouraging his peers to say no to drugs and not give in to peer pressure.

Support our #missionoveraddiction campaign and share his comic.

I made this comic with Pixton EDU, a new comic-making app that makes writing fun and easy for students. https://edu.pixton.com/

Rebel Friends,The challenges of 2020 have reinforced the importance of relationships and truly being there for each othe...
12/25/2020
Our 40th Anniversary Year

Rebel Friends,

The challenges of 2020 have reinforced the importance of relationships and truly being there for each other. Because you were there for us, we were able to safely connect 1,800 youth with engaging programming and caring adult mentors; resulting in life- changing mentee/mentor connections.

COVID forced us to keep programming small to remain safe but we still had a BIG impact in 2020 including:

32,982 Intentional one-on-one mentor/mentee conversations
9,005 Mentor check-ins with parents
2,645 Boxes of food given to families
1,008 Hours of tutoring and Virtual Learning Support
268 Goals completed by Community Mentoring youth

Thank you for your support! Read more about our 40th year in our newsletter below.

#40years #happyholidays #mentoringamplifies #Rebelmentoring

Thank you for your generous support over the past 40 years, particularly this year. Your contributions, volunteering, and advocacy have allowed us to grow from Victor Barnett engaging 50 youth in 1980 to a team of 130 professional staff working to serving over 3,000 youth in a typical year.  ....

Strong mentors are always creating teachable experiences for their mentees. Earlier this week, Whitney and her mentee, J...
12/24/2020

Strong mentors are always creating teachable experiences for their mentees. Earlier this week, Whitney and her mentee, Jatavia, practiced the spirit of community and giving back by volunteering to give away socks, hats, and gloves to those in need at The Gathering of Southeast WI, Inc. Thanks for giving to time to help others!
#Rebelmentoring #Communityunity #mentoringamplifies

The holiday season is here! Yesterday, Rebel staff filled and delivered baskets full of household goods, hats, gloves, b...
12/23/2020

The holiday season is here! Yesterday, Rebel staff filled and delivered baskets full of household goods, hats, gloves, backpacks, games, and more to over 100 families of Rebel youth.
Thank you to the amazing staff at Michael Best for donating thousands of dollars of goods to make these baskets full!
#communityunity #happyholidays

Thank you to our partner Heal The Hood MKE for collaborating with us on the Winter Coat Giveaway.  Together, we gave ove...
12/22/2020

Thank you to our partner Heal The Hood MKE for collaborating with us on the Winter Coat Giveaway. Together, we gave over 150 coats, socks, hats, and gloves this weekend.
We also passed out resources for our newly launched youth led #MissionOverAddiction campaign!
#Communityunity

"We're working towards the future, so we gotta put them down- put the drugs down." Lyrics from Rebel Youth Dariyon and R...
12/21/2020
Put the Drugs Down - Dariyon ft. RB Vic (Visual By: Datz Bigg Regg)

"We're working towards the future, so we gotta put them down- put the drugs down."

Lyrics from Rebel Youth Dariyon and RB Vic's new single "Put the Drugs Down." We are so proud of their work writing and performing this powerful song for our #Missionoveraddiction anti-drug and alcohol abuse campaign.

Spread this positive message by sharing with the #missionoveraddiction!

Mission Over Addiction

12/19/2020

Heal the Hood & Running Rebels Coat giveaway happening until 2:00 at our Capitol Location!

Today is the launch of our youth led #MissionOverAddiction campaign designed to educate the community about the dangers ...
12/19/2020
Mission Over Addiction Video

Today is the launch of our youth led #MissionOverAddiction campaign designed to educate the community about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, promote local addiction treatment resources, and offer an empathic model for beginning difficult conversations.

Rebel youth wrote and did the voice overs for this persuasive anti-drug and alcohol abuse cartoon!

Join Running Rebels youth in the fight to end substance abuse by sharing this video with hashtag #MissionoverAddiction!

Thanks to the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for supporting this campaign.

Mission Over Addiction Campaign Video

Lawrence has been with his mentor Shane in the Violence Free Zone for 2 years! Hear from Lawrence about how their relati...
12/18/2020

Lawrence has been with his mentor Shane in the Violence Free Zone for 2 years! Hear from Lawrence about how their relationship has positively impacted him.
#rebelmentoring #Mentoringamplifies Milwaukee Public Schools

"The Running Rebels Community Organization's Violence Free Zone (VFZ) does conflict resolution when students are having arguments at school. They help youth talk about the problem, get to the root of the issue, and stop them from acting violently or aggressively. My VFZ mentor Shane had helped me stay out of trouble by teaching me to take a walk and to breathe when I feel myself getting angry.

Shane just gets me, he's guided me through many situations at school and connected me to other programs like the Running Rebels' basketball and gardening programs. He even coached me through getting a job by helping me with applications and interview prep. Shane is just awesome. Without VFZ, our school would be chaos. They keep everyone calm and are great mentors."

-Lawrence, age 16 - VFZ mentee at Vincent High School Milwaukee Public Schools

For more info:
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12/17/2020
The Violence Free Zone (VFZ)

We have proudly operated the Violence Free Zone (VFZ) for 13 years in 7 Milwaukee Public Schools. Our youth advisors run mediations, provide case management, and help students overcome any barriers they have to achieving academic success.

This year looks a little different for the program, but COVID 19 has not stopped our staff from making phone calls and texts, helping youth to be successful in the virtual space, and providing in-person resources both during and after school.

Hear all about VFZ’s impact from MPS Admin, parents and youth!

#Rebelmentoring

Meet VFZ/Rebel Mentee: Dontae! "I am a Senior Alexander Hamilton High School (Milwaukee) and joined VFZ (Violence Free Z...
12/16/2020

Meet VFZ/Rebel Mentee: Dontae!
"I am a Senior Alexander Hamilton High School (Milwaukee) and joined VFZ (Violence Free Zone) two years ago. My mentor, Keondrae, helps me all the time, even with online school. He always answers when I call. I love him because when he wasn't my mentor I was always upset at school; with him I am calmer. Last year we set a goal of getting at 3.0 and with his help I beat my goal and got a 3.5 GPA. He also taught me how to communicate with my teachers through email and how to log on to google classroom. Keondrae, thank you for being my mentor. You're always there for me. VFZ - Thank you for always having my back."

Thanks to Dontae's hard work and Keondrae's assistance he has received a major scholarship to Lakeland College!
Milwaukee Public Schools #Rebelmentoring

Maria Ramirez is Running Rebels' longest serving Violence Free Zone (VFZ) mentor and works on the Alexander Hamilton Hig...
12/15/2020

Maria Ramirez is Running Rebels' longest serving Violence Free Zone (VFZ) mentor and works on the Alexander Hamilton High School (Milwaukee) VFZ team.

“I started working as a VFZ mentor 11 years ago. I love how I get to build strong relationships with students and their families through intentional conversations.

This year has been challenging, but I am proud of the work VFZ staff do to help youth as they attend virtual school. Parents have also been really thankful for the academic and behavioral support we provide their children.

My favorite part of VFZ is seeing my mentees graduate high school. Many of them continue to stay in touch and are grateful for the advice and encouragement I gave them.”

Thanks for all you do for students Maria!

#VFZ Milwaukee Public Schools #mentoring #Rebelmentoring #Rebelmentor

Did you know that Running Rebels, along with Milwaukee Christian Center, provide mentorship to hundreds of students each...
12/14/2020

Did you know that Running Rebels, along with Milwaukee Christian Center, provide mentorship to hundreds of students each year in Milwaukee Public Schools? Running Rebels VFZ mentors assist students in 7 MPS schools with setting and accomplishing goals, peaceful problem solving, and academics. This year VFZ mentors have stepped up in a big way to support students and families through virtual learning. Mentors are helping students with:

- Regular wake-up and check-in calls
- Technical support connecting to virtual classrooms
- Assistance communicating with teachers
- Tutoring
- Connecting to mental health, housing, and food resources
- Providing access to Running Rebels Virtual Learning Support Center

Most importantly, VFZ mentors build incredibly strong, positive relationships with their mentees and provide a supportive listening ear as students navigate school and life amid a pandemic.

Damon Shoates has been a consistent and tireless mentor in the lives of Milwaukee youth. In his 22 years at Running Rebe...
12/11/2020

Damon Shoates has been a consistent and tireless mentor in the lives of Milwaukee youth. In his 22 years at Running Rebels he has positively impacted hundreds of young people. Congratulations Damon!

#Rebelmentoring

Congratulations to Milwaukee Tech High School (now Bradley Tech) and the Running Rebels.
Running Rebels Community Organization is proud to share the story of Damon Shoates, a true Hero Among Us. Since graduating from MPS’ Milwaukee Tech High School in 1986 Damon has dedicated his life to helping others. Damon joined the army to serve his country after high school where he was stationed at Fort Hamilton. For the past 22 years, however, Damon has inspired and uplifted Milwaukee young people through his work as a professional mentor at Running Rebels Community Organization. At Running Rebels Damon specialized in working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system for 15 years before moving the Violence Free Zone, a preventative in-school mentoring program. He is now Running Rebels’ Violence Free Zone site supervisor at MPS’ Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education, where he provides mentoring, case management, and mediations for MPS students. Damon has risen to the challenges of the pandemic, ensuring that his mentees stay socially connected and emotionally & academically supported as they navigate this difficult phase in their lives. He believes in the power of arts programming for young people to express themselves and has spent countless hours creating COVID safe arts programming for Rebel young people. Damon Shoates’ dedication, humility, and compassion is a true asset to the MPS and Milwaukee community.#runningrebels #alumnihub #therealmilwaukeetech

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What an incredible organization! Congratulations, you beautiful people, and may God continue to bless your inspired and impactful work!