Mental health board’s slow start prompts questions

The Crisis Resource Center at 2057 S. 14th St. is part of a new model for delivering community-based mental health care. (Photo by Matthew Wisla)

Created by the state legislature in the spring to dramatically change mental health care, the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board is off to a slow start, critics say.

Youths go from ‘boys in the hood’ to ‘gentlemen on the town’

Andre Lee Ellis (right) crosses the bridge on Juneau Street, along with 50 young men and boys and their mentors, on the way to Carson's restaurant. (Photo by Sue Vliet)

“We Got This,” a program to support young black boys and men started by Andre Lee Ellis, arranged an outing that combined dinner and mentoring for participants.

LISC announces finalists for neighborhood development awards

Nominated for the Public Space Award, representatives from Home GR/OWN and Walnut Way’s Blue Skies landscaping crew pose with Cecelia Gore from the Brewers Community Foundation (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

Winners of the 2015 MANDIs, which will take place at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino on April 15, will be chosen from among the 15 finalists announced Wednesday.

War on poverty needs to be fought on new fronts, local experts say

St. Ben’s Community Meal, a program of St. Benedict the Moor parish, provides dinner to impoverished Milwaukeeans six days a week. (Photo by Sue Vliet)

Experts and advocates are calling for a greater focus on education, wages and assistance for childless adults to alleviate poverty.

New St. Ann Center expected to jump start development on North Side

The new North Side campus of the St. Ann Center will include medical and dental clinics, classrooms, an indoor lap pool and an intergenerational playground. (Photo by Molly Rippinger)

North Side residents will soon benefit from St. Ann Center’s intergenerational approach to health and education services for adults and children.

New restaurant fuels optimism in SOHI District

Bennie Smith, co-owner of Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille, is optimistic about the SOHI District. (Photo by Molly Rippinger)

Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille opened earlier this month in an area with few locally owned restaurants.

Obama’s immigration reforms leave South Side activists wanting more

Residents listen intently as President Obama explains his immigration reform package at the Voces de la Frontera viewing event at Candelas Hall, 2537 W. National Ave. (Photo by Matthew Wisla)

South Side immigration rights activists are reacting to reforms announced by President Obama with “a divided heart,” pledging to continue fighting for more changes.

Great Handshake competition trains students in character, communication

Students and judges interact during the preliminary stage of The Great Handshake competition. (Photo by Jabril Faraj)

Students from Milwaukee College Prep tested their confidence and social skills at The Great Handshake championship.

Job Corps prepares young adults for realities of difficult job market

Milwaukee Job Corps students work together during an exercise in a construction trade class. (Photo by Sue Vliet)

Job Corps, a federal program created 50 years ago as part of the War on Poverty, attempts to pull economically disadvantaged youth and young adults out of poverty.