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Donald Driver Honors MKE Fellows

Fellows are given scholarship contributions from Donald Driver Foundation

We are pleased to share with you that the Donald Driver Driven to Achieve Awards has recognized our efforts in connection with the MKE Fellows. We were thrilled that MKE Fellows was part of the program but more importantly we are thrilled that we have 85 young men who are having a transforming life experience.  The Driver Foundation contributed $40,000 to our effort and it will be used for our professional development activities and book scholarships for the students. We are really blessed and fortunate to have received the support of the Donald Driver Foundation. Thank you so much for the generous support!

About the Foundation

“Created by Donald Driver to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of multiple charities, companies, community leaders and celebrities on a national and local level, Donald Driver’s Driven to Achieve Awards has donated over $1 Million to various deserving charitable causes since 2014. Tonight, the Donald Driver Foundation will donate $200,000 to the incredible organizations to which our winners have shared their time, talent and resources to help them further their missions and improve our community. In addition to a monetary contribution to their cause, each Driven to Achieve Award Winner will receive a 24 karat gold Driven to Achieve Award sculpted by long-time makers of the Oscar® Awards, RS Owens. The Donald Driver Foundation The mission of the Donald Driver Foundation is to display Strong Hands, Strong Minds and Loving Hearts to serve as a hand up, not a handout. The Donald Driver Foundation has three core focus areas:

  • Helping underprivileged children and families

  • Health, wellness & safety

  • Education & career development

The Donald Driver Foundation has impacted the lives of thousands of families through its donations and partnerships with other community organizations.”

 

Milwaukee Art Museum Private Tour

Artist Rashid Johnson meets the MKE Fellows!

World-renowned artist, Chicago-native, sculptor, and soon-to-be film director Rashid Johnson gave our MKE Fellows and Mentors a guided tour exploring the meaning and message behind his body of work being exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum. “Hail We Now Sing Joy” derived from one of the artist’s favorite Jazz bands is the museum’s first young artist to solo exhibit there, and we were able to experience it before it was open to the public & Museum sponsors thanks to our friend Sande Robinson and the African American Art Alliance sponsored by the Milwaukee Art Museum.
More photos at facebook.com/mkefellows

 

2017 Black & White Ball

A Night to Remember!

The MKE Fellows were out and about the night of the Urban League’s Black & White ball. It was a night of celebration or the Urban League’s new head Dr. Eve Hall as well as an appearance by the Milwaukee Spinners!

More Morehouse Grads

Congrats Morehouse Grads!

We are thrilled to announce that four more MKE Fellows of Morehouse College were saluted at their graduation ceremonies by MKE Fellow representatives. It is a real testament to the excellent work of these and all our graduates. Not only did they perform exceptionally well at Morehouse but they are off to do wonderful things, including joining a major Fortune 500 company in human resources, joining one of the top 20 banks and going off to teach in Japan. Great stories are waiting to be told. Enjoy the photos!

Photos feature: Students. Dale Jones, a trustee of Northwestern Mutual and supporter of the Fellowship Open.

 

Breakfast of Champions

MKE Fellows Supports the Breakfast of Champions for African American Chamber of Commerce

The event was co-chaired by John W. Daniels, III and a number of MKE Fellows mentors joined to support the initiative.

Pictured: John W. Daniels, III, Donald Dantzler, John W. Daniels, Jr. and Walter Lanier

Hank Aaron Supports MKE Fellows

Hank Aaron provides additional support for MKE Fellows

Legendary sports, humanitarian and business figure Henry Aaron was in Milwaukee on April 6th, 2017 to support educational initiatives, including the MKE Fellows initiative. As a result of Mr. Aaron’s support, an additional scholarship of more than $100,000 for the endowment of Morehouse College for the MKE Fellows program was provided. In attendance at the Aaron event was a Morehouse representative, James Shaw. This followed on the remarkable support that Henry and Billye Aaron have provided for Morehouse College and the MKE Fellows. They were part of the initial group that kicked off raising more than $1 million for the event.

 

Henry Aaron’s legacy for youth and educational support is unparalleled.  Recently Aaron was recognized with the establishment of his statute at the new Sun Trust baseball park in Atlanta and in attendance were three Morehouse students who are members of the baseball team here pictured with MKE Fellow chair, John W. Daniels, Jr.

 

Church Mutual Retreat 2017

MKE Fellows join Church Mutual at their annual retreat

MKE Fellows Alex Erdmann and Ismael Donzo attended an event with other Church Mutual interns learning valuable leadership skills, as well as networking with various company officers and friends.

Celebrating Black Media

MKE Fellows invited to Wisconsin Black Media Event

This photo was taken in celebration of Black media in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has a long history of people with superior talent in so many areas. Some of those experiences are chronicled at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society located in the central city of Milwaukee. Recently the Museum hosted an event celebrating the legacy of a pioneer in media, Carole Meekins, known to the entire community because of her work with the local NBC affiliate. Her recent breath is enormous. Another pioneer who was co-sponsored the event is Joanne Williams, a local Milwaukee native who excelled and carried on a family tradition of giving back to Milwaukee. Pictured in the photo are MKE Fellow D’Landric Winzer who is majoring in psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and who attended the event with MKE Fellows. D’Landric will be interviewing at Robert W. Baird this summer. Congratulations!

Milwaukee Bucks Honor MKE Fellows Program

The Milwaukee Bucks Celebrate Black History Month

These two students were both star basketball players and also help in mentoring young men of color in their communities as well. We love seeing many of our Fellows inspire the youth of our city and be role models for the generations. We truly are making history!

From the MKE Fellows Facebook Page:
“After an evening of food and community, some of our local MKE Fellows and Mentors gathered to swap stories and enjoy some fun at the Bucks game! The MKE Fellows were a proud part in the Bucks salute to Black History in February. We were proud to showcase just a couple of the amazing students in our program. The two young men highlighted on the court & screen were absolutely ecstatic, as both of them played college basketball and are huge sports fans. What is most important to us is that they are also doing extremely well in school and headed in the direction of graduating, while inspiring other youth in our city. Thanks to Pieper-Hillside Boys & Girls Club for hosting our meeting space, and to the Milwaukee Bucks for celebrating our Fellows with us!”

D’Landric Winzer

Meet D’Landric

I am D’Landric Winzer. I attend Miles College in Birmingham, AL where I major in Early Childhood Education. In this past 2015-16 school year I earned a grade point average of 3.0 for the Fall and Spring semesters. I have a great connection with younger children and I want to make sure that they have a positive, and caring figure in the classroom, especially young males of color. Transferring from a HBCU like Clark Atlanta to Miles was an eye opener. It allowed me to see who I am, and who I could potentially be as a young man. I did well academically, but I also have an interest in sports. I played basketball for my High School at Holy Redeemer (Young Coggs Prep), but once I graduated things changed in my life and it steered me away from the game of basketball. Now that I’ve regained focus, I was presented the opportunity to play on the Men’s Basketball team in the Fall (2016-17) school year for Miles.

Milwaukee Public Schools has allowed me to be an intern this summer, and I am grateful for the opportunity. In the Department of Business, Community & Family Partnerships (under the Office of the Chief of Staff), I focus on Alumni engagement with the Milwaukee Public Schools. I’ve helped create an Alumni database, promote Alumni and MPS events on social media sites, and help with planning for the Inaugural MPS Alumni Summit on July 22nd. Being an intern at MPS, I am able to experience how other departments function and how they help the school district as a whole. I improved my Microsoft Office skills as well. I want to be an educator after I graduate from undergrad/graduate school. Interning at Milwaukee Public Schools has helped me with confidence about my career in the future.