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Community Programs

Read below to see some examples of our work in the community. Interested in partnering with us or bringing the Zeidler Center to your community? Contact us here!

Across Red & Blue Divide Series

A 4-way partnership with the Zeidler Center, the Millennial Action Project, WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, that includes of series of conversations and action with bipartisan members of the Wisconsin legislature. Participants from across the political spectrum work to "bridge the divide" by discussing the issues most important to young people in Wisconsin and across the country! 

Milwaukee Police and Youth Program

The Milwaukee Police and Youth Program (MPYP) was started in 2018 thanks to funding by Ron and Micky Sadoff in order to create more leadership and engagement opportunities for the youth of the Greater Milwaukee area. 

There are 3 main components of the program:

1) Youth and Police Initiative (YPI) -- a 6-day-long intensive youth leadership program

2) Youth Facilitator Training (YFT) -- a day-long training for youth facilitators including ongoing membership

3) Police & Youth Listening Circles (PYLC) -- listening circles between officers and up to 40 youth, co-facilitated by youth, focused on building trust and relationships

Police and Community Listening Circles

Beginning in 2016, the Zeidler Center has facilitated listening circles in key Milwaukee neighborhoods, bringing hundreds of police officers into dialogue with thousands resident youth and adults. The goal of these circles is to build trust and relationships between police and residents resulting in stronger and safer communities. 

In 2017, The Zeidler Center served five communities, Amani, Clarke Square, Harambee, Metcalfe Park, and Sherman Park. In 2018, we plan to double the number of communities we are serving.

Bee the Change

"Bee the Change" is a leadership program empowering homeless men and women to be "Beevangelists" certified in beekeeping, environmental education, and dialogue facilitation.

Facilitator Trainings

We host both private trainings and a monthly public facilitator training for the general public.  The Zeidler Center has trained over 250 facilitators.

"Intersections of Sexuality & ..." Series

Partnering with the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, this series explore the various intersections between sexuality and topics such as race, class, mental health, and Faith.

Circle of Compassion

With this international partnership, the Zeidler Center and the Forgiveness Project (UK) are exploring the concept of forgiveness, its many forms and meanings, the steps taken, the approaches adopted... Forgiveness Project Storytellers will share their personal experiences around the concept, and Zeidler Center facilitators will then enable participants to reflect on these stories in small listening circles.

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