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The Urban Ecology Center fosters ecological understanding as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood. Simply, UEC gets people outside. On any given day you’ll find:

    • Classes of students from local schools engaging in hands-on learning about science, nature and how to live more sustainably.
    • Community members using the array of resources UEC offers.
    • Adventure seekers borrowing outdoor equipment, climbing the rock-wall in Riverside Park or canoeing in the lagoon in Washington Park.

At the Urban Ecology Center’s locations people make connections between new and old ideas, their behaviors and their impact, and, most of all, with each other.

DreamBikes is a non-profit organization that strategically places used bicycle stores in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods to provide hands-on, paid job training to teens. Working in conjunction with local youth organizations, DreamBikes employs teens from the area to work in the store; teaching them how to refurbish bicycles, use the POS software, and to deliver great customer service. DreamBikes provides lifelong skills to teen employees, helping them to shift gears and find a bright future.

The Life Impact Program at the University of WI – Milwaukee aims to interrupt the intergenerational cycle of poverty by supporting low-income students who are pursuing college while parenting.  The program provides a comprehensive array of social and  financial supports, intended to improve program scholars’ academic performance and graduation rates and prepare them for satisfying, family sustaining careers in our Milwaukee community.