$1 million grant awarded to Milwaukee literacy program that brings extra males of colour into educating | WUWM 89.7 FM

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is beginning to hand out extra federal COVID-19 reduction funds. This week, it is $82 million obtainable beneath the Equitable Recovery Grant program. The cash is focused for community-based organizations that intention to extend fairness and remove disparities in areas disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

A million {dollars}, the utmost allowed beneath the grants, goes to a literacy program in Milwaukee.

Evers visited the Next Door social service company Tuesday to announce the cash for the Literacy Lab and Leading Men Fellowship, which goals to position younger males of colour in early childhood schooling positions.

Evers referred to as it a significant day. “Right here we’ve got a possibility to not solely assist little youngsters of their studying expertise and their literacy expertise, however on the identical time, bringing extra illustration to those that are educating these youngsters,” he stated.

Gov. Tony Evers publicizes the $1M grant on the Subsequent Door social service company that’s on W. Capitol Dr.

Bernard Rahming II helps run the Literacy Lab. He stated there are far too few Black or brown males in early childhood schooling, noting that he is the son of two academics within the Milwaukee Public Colleges.

“Whereas I knew it was potential for Black and brown males to be educators with my dad serving as a day by day instance, my lived expertise in faculties didn’t reinforce that message. All through my complete education, together with Ok-12, undergrad and graduate faculty, I didn’t have a single trainer who was a Black or brown male,” Rahming stated.

Rahming informed WUWM that the COVID-19 pandemic harm the Literacy Lab’s efforts to show youngsters to learn.

“We tried to do digital studying and did our greatest. However you understand it wasn’t the identical, proper? It is not the identical to show youngsters to learn. We’re working with K4 and K5, and we did our greatest to create movies interventions and go house with youngsters not directly. Nevertheless it’s not the identical as being within the classroom and seeing these guys work,” he stated.

Rahming stated the federal cash will assist the Literacy Lab double the variety of fellows, or academics, from the present 10 to twenty.

Earlier than the COVID pandemic, the lab served as much as 400 college students per 12 months. Rahming hopes to return to that quantity or assist much more youngsters.

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