The Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative seeks strategies to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect, youth violence and delinquent behavior, youth alcohol and other drug use and abuse, and non-marital pregnancy.
Milwaukee Brighter Futures is a network of people from Milwaukee organizations and neighborhoods who are committed to prevention and youth/family development strategies in Milwaukee.
Established in 1999, the network currently involves over 25 organizations in regular monthly meetings, work groups, and training initiatives, all centered on sharing best practices in youth, family, and neighborhood development.
Community Advocates, as state-funded Milwaukee Brighter Futures Lead Agency, brings together numerous networks and task forces to work collaboratively on building a strong community prevention system focusing on the issues of child abuse and neglect, teen pregnancy, youth violence, youth AODA issues, parenting and youth self-sufficiency.
It provides a community forum to identify best practices for youth-engagement, risky sexual behavior prevention, substance abuse prevention, child abuse and neglect prevention strategies, parenting support and family strengthening.
The Brighter Futures Initiative, as outlined in the Wisconsin State Statutes, sets five benchmarks for funded programs. The Initiative supports evidence-based, positive youth development and prevention strategies focusing on the following legislative outcomes:
To measure the effectiveness and success of these agencies impact, CA is working with the Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) for data and evaluation services. The CUPH evaluation plan focuses on evaluating pre/posttests included with the curricula used by each community agency.
The pre/post-tests questionnaire will be utilized to measure change in knowledge, attitudes and behaviors before administering the curricula and after. The pre-test would be delivered before any curricula are delivered, and the post-test would be administered after the curricula have been delivered in its entirety.
Kaija Zusevics, PhD
Josh Lang, MS
Michelle Buyner, MS