Safe Schools Healthy Students Lindsay Heights Initiative

Community Partner Team from the 2011 Violence Prevention Iniatiative (VPI) Call for Partnerships

   Project Start Date:    July 1, 2012
   Project End Date:      June 30, 2015
   Award Amount:         $750,000

Project Goals:
The Safe Schools, Healthy Students Lindsay Heights Initiative will:

  • decrease the number of personal and physical safety incidents that were a result of fighting in the Lindsay Heights schools and community;
  • increase school attendance rates in grades K-5; and,
  • increase the number of parents trained in child development including social and emotional skills.

Additionally the initiative will:

  • decrease the number of middle and high school students who do not go to school because they feel unsafe at school or on their way to or from school;
  • decrease the number of student incidents and actions related to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco by the targeted schools; and,
  • increase middle and high school students who report they are looking forward to coming to school.

The Initiative will train youth in Restorative Justice; peer facilitation and mentoring; and utilize Peers with Impact to help decrease violence in the community.

Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Milwaukee Public Schools
Additional Community Partner Organization Names:

  • America Scores 
  • Brotherhood of Firefighters
  • Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin
  • Good Life Alliance
  • Running Rebels
  • Walnut Way Conservation Corp
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: John Meurer, MD, MBA, Institute for Health and Society
Additional Academic Partner: Staci Young, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Project Progress Summary Reports:

Project Progress Report Summary July 2012 - December 2012 (PDF)
Project Progress Report Summary January 2013 - June 2013 (PDF)
Project Progress Report Summary July 2013 - December 2013 (PDF)
Project Progress Report Summary January 2014 - June 2014 (PDF)
Project Progress Report Summary July 2014 - December 2014 (PDF)
Project Final Report Summary (PDF)

Affiliated Web Pages:

Milwaukee Public Schools
Children's Service Society of Wisconsin
Milwaukee Fire Department
YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee

Project Dissemination Efforts:
  • Outreach Materials/Events
    • Developed community-level dissemination materials
    • Conducted community outreach through a Peer Jury Community Training on November 10, 2012
    • Conducted community outreach through a Bully Prevention Session at North Division on December 15, 2012
    • Conducted "I am An Informed Parent" information session on gang awareness, restorative practices session, and "Ask the Doctor" sessions
    • Hosted a parent center kickoff attended by over 200 community members
    • Presented at Walnut Way community forum
    • Disseminated project information at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Conference on Restorative Justice Practices
    • Disseminated VPI information during restorative practices training with students and adults from Greendale School District with Channel 12 WISN representatives present
    • Conducted restorative practices training for 46 members of the Parent Coordinator Team and 25 Head Start Policy Council members (September 2013)
    • Hosted the Parent/Superintendent Coffee on Anti-Bullying Strategies at North Division engaging 42 members of the Parent Coordinator Team and District Advisory Council (December 2013)
    • Conducted community marketing at the Latino Forum (November 2013) (180 attendees)
    • Presentation at the Lindsay Heights community update (35 attendees)
    • Presentation at the Milwaukee Public Schools School Board Meeting (November 2013) (88 attendees)
    • Shared VPI information at restorative practice training at Washington High School (15 adults, 9 students), Milwaukee Public School Central Office (47 adults), Neighborhood House (10 adults, 12 students), South Division High School (39 adults), and North Division High School (18 adults)
    • Presentation at Walnut Way Community Report session (November 2013)
    • Presentation at Lindsay Heights Community Forum (April 2014)
    • Conducted Restorative Justice Practice Circles for Lindsay Heights school principals (May 2014)
    • Presentation to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors (May 2014)
    • Participated in community information session on juvenile diabetes, human trafficking and faith-based community engagement
    • Created and refined the Junior SCORES writing and soccer curricula
    • Participated in Parent Nights at schools to educate families about the SCORES program
    • Presented about the project at Milwaukee Succeeds events and meetings
  • Presentations
    • Presented project details at the Walnut Way Community Report
    • Presented a project update at the Milwaukee School Board meeting in November 2012
    • Presentation at the Coming Together Gun Violence Prevention Summit (November 2013) (200 attendees)
    • Presentation at the Regional Title I Conference (August 2013)
    • Presentation at the Fatherhood Summit (October 2013)
    • Presentation at the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) Conference "Healing, Safety and Restorative Justice: System Partnerships for Violence Intervention" (September 2013)
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