ArtWorks for Milwaukee helps the kids accepted into the program (interns) get the basic job skills many of us take for granted. As someone with a creative background the use of art projects as a vehicle to gain the interns interest and keep them motivated was what attracted me to volunteer.
I have had another very positive year at ArtWorks for Milwaukee! One of the highlights of the year was that I was able to volunteer as a career coach during one of our internship programs. During that experience I met with two interns to work through career exploration, resume writing, and interviewing workshops. What a great opportunity for high school students to really start thinking about the future/what they would like to be doing after high school. It was rewarding experience to talk through these topics with the two interns and very fun to see them get excited & gain confidence about their future careers!
ArtWorks for Milwaukee is filled with dedicated volunteers on the board and committees. In my experience over the past year I have been so impressed with the energy from all these volunteers that it motivates me to continue to dedicate as much as I can give. Meetings are filled with great ideas, brainstorming, and detailed planning to make sure that everything our organization does is to 100%. The most rewarding part about this volunteer experience is seeing the interns that have come through the program gaining a lot of confidence in themselves through the 8 week art internship. Helping young high school students gain confidence and be proud to present their work is such an important experience that we need to continue to offer to more and more Milwaukee teens.
ArtWorks for Milwaukee is an outstanding nonprofit filled with exceptional people with extraordinary stories. Working along side the ArtWorks team has been one of the most fulfilling experiences for me. Talking with the interns about both their personal struggles and their goals for a better future is something I will always hold near and dear. The best part about ArtWorks is that the hard work, dedication and positivity that our interns express during their time at ArtWorks spreads throughout their communities.
I've thoroughly enjoyed my involvement at ArtWorks for Milwaukee. I've seen firsthand how this unique program empowers teens and gives them more confidence in their skills and abilities. I only wish that we were able to serve a greater number of teens throughout the year.
ArtWorks for Milwaukee is making a unique and profound difference in the lives of at-risk youth in our community -- preparing them for a future in the world of work!
I sit on the Governance Committee and am excited about the programs growth and development every time I attend. I hope to see the organization progress so that talented children in central city Milwaukee have a safe venue to express their art.
ArtWorks for Milwaukee not only changes the lives of high potential teens, but it's changed mine as well. Over the last 4 years I've volunteered and it never ceases to amaze me, the positive change you see within the teens from when they first start their internship to the day they're proudly unveiling their masterpieces. The evident positive change in self confidence, attitude and overall communication of life and career goals within the local teens that are hired at ArtWorks is what makes me an ArtWorks advocate. Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and community partners for supporting such a great organization!
The opportunities offered by ArtWorks to the youth of Milwaukee is invaluable. The young people in this program learn important job skills that will serve them for a lifetime. I have been privileged to work with some of these youth over the past few years. I find all of the young people engaging and yearning to learn. ArtWorks gives them the ability to experience success and give them a sense of pride in the work that they do. This helps set these young people up for success in other areas in their lives.
ArtWorks for Milwaukee provides something that is desperately needed by Milwaukee's underserved youth - opportunity and hope! The world of work has changed so drastically, and it has become even more critically important that individuals entering the workplace have basic skills. Through our programs, the interns learn how to effectively engage with one another, how to accept and provide feedback, and how to meet the expectations of their employers. We are so proud of each and everyone of our interns, especially as we see them give back to ArtWorks and to our community.
ArtWorks for Milwaukee focuses on giving the youth in my community the ability to be creative while learning valuable life and career skills. I am proud of each intern, and watching them grow and develop their job skills and work in team environments inspires me. I know that this organization is helping the local youth in our community, and I am honored to be a part of their success.