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.
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.
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"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."

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."

Rebels getting out on the Beerline Trail and surrounding Harambee area to help clean up! Get some fresh air today and he...
07/28/2020

Rebels getting out on the Beerline Trail and surrounding Harambee area to help clean up!

Get some fresh air today and help clean up your community!

We're proud to partner with all the amazing organizations supporting the MKE Harambee Clean initiative.

Groceries and Essentials Giveaway tomorrow at 8:00 am at our 1300 w.  Fond Du Lac location. Come early - supplies will g...
07/27/2020

Groceries and Essentials Giveaway tomorrow at 8:00 am at our 1300 w. Fond Du Lac location. Come early - supplies will go fast!

Thank you to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, The Gathering of Southeast WI, Inc., Walnut Way and Amazon.com for partnering with us!

Youth and staff had an absolute blast dancing, singing Karaoke, drawing, and playing kickball at our Community Mentoring...
07/24/2020

Youth and staff had an absolute blast dancing, singing Karaoke, drawing, and playing kickball at our Community Mentoring Pop Up last week!
#mentoring #MentorMKE #mentoringmatters #mentoringmke

Come out to AJ's Lemonade Stand every Thursday! Proceeds support AJ's entrepreneurial venture and Running Rebels Communi...
07/23/2020

Come out to AJ's Lemonade Stand every Thursday! Proceeds support AJ's entrepreneurial venture and Running Rebels Community Organization.

It's #ThrowbackThursday!
07/23/2020

It's #ThrowbackThursday!

WE participate in the Teen Adventure Challenge at the Urban Ecology Center.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who supported our Fresh Food Giveaway yesterday! The Gathering of Southeast WI...
07/22/2020

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who supported our Fresh Food Giveaway yesterday!
The Gathering of Southeast WI, Inc., Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Amazon.com

Lady Rebels having a day of mindful coloring and conversations about what it’s like to be a black girl!
07/21/2020

Lady Rebels having a day of mindful coloring and conversations about what it’s like to be a black girl!

Free fresh food give away tomorrow at Running Rebels Central! All are welcome.Thanks to our amazing partners Amazon.com,...
07/20/2020

Free fresh food give away tomorrow at Running Rebels Central! All are welcome.

Thanks to our amazing partners Amazon.com, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, The Gathering of Southeast WI, Inc., Walnut Way.

Did you know that young people who have a trusted mentor are 130% more likely to hold a leadership position? One of the ...
07/17/2020

Did you know that young people who have a trusted mentor are 130% more likely to hold a leadership position? One of the many reasons Running Rebels has been paring youth with professional caring adult mentors for 40 years!
#mentoringmatters Mentor Greater Milwaukee #Mentormke #Mentoring

There is just something empowering about growing your own food. What have you grown this year? #Gardening #growfood #men...
07/16/2020

There is just something empowering about growing your own food. What have you grown this year?
#Gardening #growfood #mentoring Pipeline to Promise #mentoringmke

Need Resources? Check out the this community pop up!
07/15/2020

Need Resources? Check out the this community pop up!

Lady Rebels programming teaches young leaders how to relieve stress, stay fit, and live in the present with a yoga sessi...
07/13/2020

Lady Rebels programming teaches young leaders how to relieve stress, stay fit, and live in the present with a yoga session!
Remember to take a moment to focus on your physical and mental health today!
#mindfulness #yoga #selfcare #mentoringmke #mentoring

Community bike give away today!
07/11/2020

Community bike give away today!

Rebel youth beautifying the community with a neighborhood clean up and gardening session! How do you connect to your com...
07/09/2020

Rebel youth beautifying the community with a neighborhood clean up and gardening session! How do you connect to your community?
#mentoring #mentoringmke #mentoringmatters #UNITY

LAST DAY for families to fill out the MPS reopening survey. Make your voice heard!
07/08/2020

LAST DAY for families to fill out the MPS reopening survey. Make your voice heard!

MPS Families, we want to hear from you! Your feedback is needed as we make plans for reopening the district in the fall.

Take the MPS Staff School Reopening Survey today at http://mpsmke.com/survey

The survey will be available until Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Looking to get creative this summer? High School and 8th grade students can sign up for University of Wisconsin Milwauke...
07/07/2020
ArtsECO | UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts

Looking to get creative this summer? High School and 8th grade students can sign up for University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's Milwaukee Visionaries Project summer programs. We know our Rebel youth are looking forward to participating!

Classes offered:
Drawing 101
Sculptural Forms
Digital Art

Teachers as change-makers ArtsECO stands for Arts Education/Community Ecosystem. Centered out of UWM’s Peck School of the Arts Department of Art & Design, it develops teachers as change-makers. ArtsECO is backed by a strong and sustainable community of arts organizations,... Read More

Last week Rebel mentors and mentees volunteered at Metcalfe Park Community Bridges's community give away! Our youth know...
07/06/2020

Last week Rebel mentors and mentees volunteered at Metcalfe Park Community Bridges's community give away! Our youth know the importance of giving back and working in unity.

Paint and Chat! Our Lady Rebels painted their feelings about the start 2020.
07/03/2020

Paint and Chat! Our Lady Rebels painted their feelings about the start 2020.

Mentors and youth had a blast playing socially distanced kickball last week! How are you staying safely active?
07/02/2020

Mentors and youth had a blast playing socially distanced kickball last week! How are you staying safely active?

Our Earn and Learn youth workers start each day journaling about their feelings. Throughout the week they participate in...
07/01/2020

Our Earn and Learn youth workers start each day journaling about their feelings. Throughout the week they participate in Job Readiness Training, gardening, and supporting Rebel programs. We thrilled to be working with such a wonderful group of Earn and Learn youth!
#youthleaders #Mentoring #MentoringMKE

Meet Rebel Mentee Jourdan!"I am a recent graduate of Milwaukee Lutheran High School. This fall, I will be attending Park...
06/30/2020

Meet Rebel Mentee Jourdan!

"I am a recent graduate of Milwaukee Lutheran High School. This fall, I will be attending Parkland College in Illinois, where I plan on majoring in communications and playing basketball. I joined the Rebels’ basketball team in 2008, when I was 6 years old and I have stayed with the Rebels ever since.

After joining the basketball team, I became connected to other Rebel programming like Be The Change, which is a male leadership program. The Rebels have taught me so much more than basketball - they taught me how to treat other people, how to be responsible, and the importance of working hard.

My mentor and coach, Keelyn, is like a big brother to me. He’s always been there if I need anything from a ride to work to someone to hang out with. Keelyn and other Rebel staff stayed connected with me, during social distancing. They even celebrated my graduation with a parade. Their connection through this experience has made me feel loved and supported."
#Mentoring #Mentoringmatters #MentorMKE

We were so excited to have our first in-person Be The Change group since March last week! BTC young leaders helped to be...
06/29/2020

We were so excited to have our first in-person Be The Change group since March last week! BTC young leaders helped to beautify the Lindsay Heights neighborhood and pass out resources to residents. Thank you to City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention’s continued support of Be The Change.

We are so proud of Rebel mentee Maleak Taylor for representing Milwaukee youth during the Milwaukee Urban League's round...
06/26/2020

We are so proud of Rebel mentee Maleak Taylor for representing Milwaukee youth during the Milwaukee Urban League's round-table discussion on racial justice and the post COVID-19 world.
#Youthleaders #MKEleaders #Milwaukeeyouth

06/26/2020
Rebel Real Talk: June 22nd

On Monday's Rebel Real Talk youth and staff discussed what mentoring style best fits them. What style of mentoring works best for you? Do you respond best when your mentor talks straight to you or are you more successful when they guide from the side?

06/25/2020
Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall

Mentoring Matters. Give today to support our 40 years of mentoring work!

"We are so thankful to the Pabst Theater Group for sharing their platform with us. Mentoring is a crucial tool for healing our city. Mentors make sure youth feel hear and connected, and they assist them with realizing their full potential. Mentoring matters." Victor Barnett, Executive Director and Founder.

Give today to support Running Rebels Community Organization's 40 years of professional mentoring programs!

Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall
06/24/2020

Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall

"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:
Facebook: Running Rebels Community Organization
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningrebels/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RRCO1980
Sign up for the newsletter here: https://bit.ly/RRMKENEWS

Free COVID-19 tomorrow in the parking lot of Bader Philanthropies! Help keep our community safe!
06/23/2020

Free COVID-19 tomorrow in the parking lot of Bader Philanthropies! Help keep our community safe!

Jatavia, a 15 year old Community Mentoring participant says her Rebel mentors help her feel connected and loved.
06/23/2020

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

Running Rebels Community Organization offers 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."

For more info:
Facebook: Running Rebels Community Organization
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/runningrebels/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RRCO1980
Sign up for the newsletter here: https://bit.ly/RRMKENEWS

Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall
06/22/2020

Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall

Running Rebels Community Organization’s gardening program in partnership with Alice's Garden Urban Farm and Extension Milwaukee County is going strong! Following CDC guidelines, gardening is a perfect activity for Rebel mentors and mentees to connect safely. Gardening also helps Rebel youth lower anxiety, promote healthy eating, and foster environmental stewardship.

For more info and to donate to Running Rebels » https://runningrebels.org/

Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall
06/21/2020
Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall

Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall

Mentoring can have life-changing impact on youth. Mario was 16 years-old and facing 92 years in prison. He was given a second chance when referred to a Running Rebels Community Organization’ Juvenile Justice mentoring program. Hear his story of coming Full Circle by completing the program as a youth and later becoming a Rebel mentor as an adult.

For more info and to donate to Running Rebels » https://runningrebels.org/

Happy Father's Day! Today we honor all the fathers and father figures out there including those who are a part of our Re...
06/21/2020

Happy Father's Day! Today we honor all the fathers and father figures out there including those who are a part of our Rebel family. Enjoy your day!

06/20/2020
Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall

‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is a widely known African proverb that embodies Running Rebels Community Organization's commitment to improving the lives of Milwaukee’s youth and families for the past 40 years.

‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is a widely known African proverb that embodies Running Rebels Community Organization's commitment to improving the lives of Milwaukee’s youth and families for the past 40 years.

Founded and led by Victor Barnett, Running Rebels has grown into a community organization connecting over 2,500 youth annually to positive mentorship.

Did you know we've been mentoring Milwaukee youth for 40 years?!
06/19/2020
Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall

Did you know we've been mentoring Milwaukee youth for 40 years?!

Did you know Running Rebels Community Organization is celebrating 40 years of serving and mentoring Milwaukee youth?

"The organization is built on mentoring, and our EPIC mission statement speaks to the range of programming and services we provide. We Engage the community, youth, and their families, Prevent involvement in gangs, drugs, violence, and the juvenile justice system, Intervene and guide youth by assisting them with making positive choices, and Coach youth through their transition into adulthood. "

06/19/2020
juneteenth 2019

Juneteenth is a day of celebration in our community, and has been an important part of the Running Rebels Community Organization’s summers for decades. For us, it represents unity, joy, and a sense of pride. We know there is much more work to do in this country to achieve the true liberation, freedom and justice of our people, and lifting up this historic day is one way to honor our history and culture.

Normally, right about now, we would be setting up our booth, decorating our cars for the parade and helping our youth get ready for their performances. Since we can’t come together fully on this day, we thought we’d spread a little Juneteenth Day joy by sharing our memories from last year’s Juneteenth Day Festival. We hope you enjoy seeing our community dance, laugh, sing, and come together in a way that reminds us of how awesome and beautiful we all are!

2019 Juneteenth performance recap

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Pabst Theatre Group for MilwALLkee as we celebrate 40 years of mentoring Milwa...
06/18/2020

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Pabst Theatre Group for MilwALLkee as we celebrate 40 years of mentoring Milwaukee young people!
Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall #Mentoring #Mentoringmatters #40years #MentorMKE

We're very excited to introduce milwALLkee, a monthly initiative to help amplify the voices of organizations and businesses that fight against racial injustice and improve the lives of those in Milwaukee’s black community.

Each month, we'll highlight a different organization or business for one week through our email and social channels. The first organization to be featured in the MilwALLkee series will be Running Rebels Community Organization, starting this Friday, June 19th in celebration of Juneteenth.

Check out the OnMilwaukee article about it here, then stay tuned - Milwaukee Urban League is coming up in July! » https://bit.ly/p9mdc6

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225 West Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI
53212

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Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 19:00
Thursday 08:00 - 19:00
Friday 08:00 - 19:00

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(414) 264-8222

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