Partners – Schools / Child Emphasized Programs

In their junior year, all MIAD students complete a four credit Social Science course (HS380), which includes 35 hours of service in the Milwaukee metro area. Below is a list of over 200 organizations committed to strengthening the community, utilizing both grassroots and well-established means. MIAD students and alumni have worked with all of these organizations to better understand the issues that they deal with and to give of their time and energy.

Learn more about the work of these organizations and how you can volunteer your time – visit one of our community partners listed below. Names in violet identify partners who have been honored by MIAD for the work that they do.

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Artists Working in Education:

A.W.E. is a nonprofit organization that sponsors artists to work creatively with children to enhance human potential, advance learning and cultivate community. A.W.E. accomplishes this through our School Studio and Truck Studio programs.

Bay View High School:

Bay View High School is a member of the Milwaukee Public School system.

Ben Franklin Elementary:

Our mission is to work with parents and community partners to provide a nurturing learning environment that allows students to thrive intellectually, socially and physically in their pursuit of life-long learning.

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum:

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing interactive exhibits and educational resources that promote the healthy development of children in their formative years—from birth through age ten. The Museum experience encourages hands-on learning and the development of fundamental skills, self-esteem, and the ability to work with others. Caregivers use the Museum as a resource that provides information on early childhood brain development, learning styles, and effective parenting skills. The Museum maintains a strong commitment to providing access to all children and families in the community, including low-income and special needs families.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee is helping children in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties discover their Big potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships, but we can’t do it without you!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee:

Our mission is to inspire and empower young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Boy Scouts of America:

The mission of the Milwaukee County Council, Boy Scouts of America, is to meet the spiritual, developmental and social needs of young people by instilling lifetime values enabling them to achieve full potential. The values we strive to instill are derived from the Scout Oath and Law.

Cass Street School:

Cass Street School strives to help all students meet our high academic standards and provides them with a diverse educational foundation. We foster a positive school climate conducive to learning by encouraging good citizenship, critical thinking, problem solving, respect and an appreciation for individual and cultural differences in our community.

Clement Avenue School:

Clement Avenue School is committed to providing quality multicultural learning opportunities for all pupils. The focus of our mission is to improve academic achievement. The Clement Avenue staff is committed to providing exceptional academic experiences in all subject areas with a particularly strong emphasis on growth and deep understanding for students in the areas of reading/language arts and mathematics. The staff is willing to do anything within their power to improve our student population’s reading and math skills. To achieve our goals, individual differences are accommodated within grade leveled, self-contained classrooms. This is our true mission statement.

Discovery World:

Discovery World connects innovation, science, technology and the environment with exploration and learning through interactive exhibits and experiential learning programs. We are dedicated to helping people positively impact their communities by developing a better understanding of technology and the environment while fostering both innovation and creativity.

Elm Creative Arts Elementary School:

Elm Creative Arts School is a Milwaukee Public School that intergrates the arts — visual arts, music drama, dance and creative writing — into a curriculum which supports the Milwaukee Public Schools K-12 Teaching and Learning Goals. Through participation in Elm’s educational program, students are academically and socially prepared for the future which will taken them through the school experience and into the work force of the 21st Century. Elm’s mission is to develop an individual who can think critically and creatively, accept diversity, appreciate the arts and contribute to society.

Fernwood Montessori School:

The Mission of Fernwood Montessori School is to educate children in a safe, nurturing environment and to help them achieve their fullest potential using Montessori philosophy, principles and materials. Fernwood staff members work with parents and community volunteers to provide opportunities for children to develop academic and personal skills, decision-making ability, and social and intellectual independence in a diverse, multicultural setting. Through research and project-based learning, we prepare our students for active and involved citizenship in the larger community.

Future Urban Leaders:

Future Urban Leaders is a youth leadership development program for students in grades 3-12. We are proud partners of Milwaukee College Prep and work to build scholars communication skills, problem solving skills, and ability to demonstrate empathy and understanding for different cultures. We accomplish this through experiential, hands-on activities in STEM, Visual & Performing Arts, Health & Wellness, and College & Career Readiness programs.  Contact:

Gaenslen School:

Gaenslen School believes that achievement, sense of community, and utilization of technology, along with positive student relationships maximize the potential of all students. Gaenslen offers fully integrated programs for regular education, grades K-8, and students with disabilities, ages 3-14. By reaching hearts and minds, our program strives to develop well-rounded students who are prepared to meet the future and have the skills and motivation to contribute to the community. A dedicated staff of 140 including administrators, teachers, aides and therapists work together to create a productive atmosphere for learning.

Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin:

The unique Girl Scout experience begins with the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls Discover, Connect, and Take Action, building skills that yield the desired outcomes of courage, confidence, and character. Ultimately, through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls aspire to make the world a better place.

Islands of Brilliance:

Islands of Brilliance utilizes project-based learning which allows our students to grow their intrinsic capabilities and practice communication, increasing their likelihood of independence as adults. IOB design workshops create a space for students to explore creativity through the use of technology, during which they learn technical skills and grow confidence in critical social and peer-to-peer interactions. Students are matched one-to-one with mentors—design field professionals—which not only changes public perception of this disability, it also paves the way for future higher education and employment opportunities. Contact:

Jeremiah Curtin Leadership Academy:

Curtin has been recognized three times in the past six years by Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a New Wisconsin Promise school because we have met annual achievement goals and have higher than average reading and math scores when compared with similar state schools. We offer classes in music, art, gym, and piano keyboarding. An accelerated reading program ensures that all pupils become competent readers. Band instrument lessons are offered during the school day.

Lad Lake:

We provide kids safety, individualized therapy, and skill-building for independence. Whether it’s support for foster kids, mentors for troubled youth, or a safe-haven for exploited and abused girls, Lad Lake counselors cultivate stability and self-reliance for more than 1,100 kids and their families every year.                                                                                                                               Contact:

La Escuela Fratney:

La Escuela Fratney is a Citywide Dual Language school in the Riverwest neighborhood. Our school serves approximately 425 students from K4 through Grade 5. It is the focal point of a multi-ethnic neighborhood that is involved in the educational program at Fratney. Parents, staff and the community play an active role in the school. Together we work to provide a quality program that sets high standards for all students.

Lake Valley Camp:

We believe a child’s potential should not be limited by their circumstance and that all youth have the right to be involved in activities and pursuits that nurture their spirit and support their passion. This is why LVC works tirelessly to ensure that our young people have access to purpose-driven, experience-based programs, facilitated by highly-skilled professionals firmly invested in seeing them thrive. Our mission is to support the development of youth from underserved neighborhoods to teach, lead and inspire others in the community.  Contact:

Lincoln Center of the Arts:

The mission of Lincoln Center of the Arts is to provide an arts-based learning environment with high expectations for student achievement. At our school, academics, the Arts and technology are interwoven. Our students are provided with creative, concrete opportunities to integrate academics with visual, musical and performance arts lessons. Students demonstrate what they have learned by applying classroom knowledge to real life situations. Our students understand technological advances, develop the ability to solve complex problems, think critically, communicate effectively and cooperate with others. We are a caring community that enhances the quality of life for all.

MacDowell Montessori School:

Our mission is to provide students with a rigorous academic environment and a thoughtful community that nurtures an atmosphere of peace and mutual respect. Montessori High School fosters independence, critical thinking, and responsibility to self, to others, and to the earth while emphasizing the importance of life outside academics.

Marquette University Child Care Center:

The Marquette University Child Care Center, located in the Krueger Parent and Child Care Center, serves the children of students, staff, and faculty of the university. The curriculum focuses on creative, child-centered play and hands-on discovery learning. The center is committed toward educating the whole child – socially, physically and intellectually – to set the stage for lifelong learning.

Maryland Avenue Montessori School:

Maryland Avenue School is a K-8 school located in the heart of Milwaukee’s historic and culturally diverse East Side. Maryland Avenue School has been a part of the neighborhood for over 110 years. Recent modernization of the building has incorporated a Supportive Staff Center, and a Parent Center.

Milwaukee School of Languages:

The Milwaukee School of Languages is a member of the Milwaukee Public School system.

Our Next Generation:

Our Next Generation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, community-based organization that provides academic support and enrichment programs for students, kindergarten through high school, in central Milwaukee. Our programs are designed to address a holistic view of the needs of our community’s children and young adults.                                                                                             Contact:


For 40 years, Pathfinders has helped those we serve to take charge of their lives, connect to others, and contribute to the community. Our programs are designed to protect youth, strengthen individuals and families, and improve the emotional and mental health of our neighbors struggling with difficult challenges. In partnership with generous individual supporters, foundations, businesses, faith communities, and government more than 7,800 people each year are able to find safety, hope and healing.

Penfield Children’s Center:

Penfield Children’s Center is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to help infants and young children with and without disabilities to reach their full potential through education, therapy services and family programs.

Project STAY High School:                                                                                     

Project STAY is an alternative school offering a nurturing and challenging education to 250 high school students, ages 16-21, who are at risk of dropping out. Students apply for Project STAY and are accepted based upon the definition of at-risk under Wisconsin state law. To be enrolled, students must appreciate what the program offers, follow school rules, maintain a 90% attendance and complete the at-risk requirement.                                                                            Contact:

Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts:

The unique educational program of Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts provides students with opportunities to develop their fullest potential personally, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially through a curriculum based on the creative arts. The purpose of this program is to develop each child’s creativity in all subject areas with particular emphasis on critical thinking, individual creative expression, and group responsibility.

Summit Educational Association:

Summit was established in 1990 to provide One-On-One tutoring and mentoring program for Milwaukee’s inner city children. Through tutoring, recreation, personal friendship, and a virtue based character program, Summit fosters relationships between dedicated mentors, parents, and their children in order to encourage intellectual, cultural, and moral growth. We are inspired by the social teachings of the Catholic Church which places primary importance on the dignity of each human being.

Trowbridge Street School of Great Lakes Studies:

At Trowbridge, we are proud of our safe, comfortable environment, where students are encouraged to be self-confident, independent decision makers.

TRUE Skool:

TRUE Skool’s mission is to provide arts education and community service opportunities for youth to create positive sustainable change in their lives and in the community.

Urban Underground:

Urban Underground is advancing a new generation of young leaders committed to building safe and sustainable communities. We advance our mission through effective and age appropriate programs, strategic partnerships, and youth-led social change projects in the areas of health, education, and restorative justice. Our programs establish key pipelines for youth leadership, help groups broaden their definitions of diversity and inclusion, and create educational models relevant to today’s youth.

US Grant Elementary:

The staff and parents at Grant School hold high expectations for individual student achievement. Our student centered curriculum focuses on educating the whole child with emphasis on learning by integrating technology in the areas of reading, language arts, science, social studies and mathematics. We provide experiences for children that motivate them to become better prepared to meet the demands of the 21st Century. These experiences develop the child intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically so they are able to make meaningful decisions in our society.

UWM Children’s Learning Center:

The UWM Children’s Center serves the University with distinction through the provision of high-quality education programs for children and families, UWM students and the professional child development community.


We’re an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.