Plan for universal driver’s education wins Greater Together Challenge

James Hall Jr., president of the Milwaukee branch of the NAACP, addresses the audience. (Photo by Edgar Mendez)

One solution to addressing Milwaukee’s historic segregation problem is to help isolated African American youth expand their social environment by providing them free driver’s education classes.

Unemployed men turn to online marketplace to find manual labor jobs

Yard work is just one example of manual labor services advertised on Craigslist. (Photo by Kenya Evans)

Craigslist has become a virtual employment center for some Milwaukee men who place ads looking for odd jobs to do for strangers.

Visitors to weekly bed giveaway dream of comfortable place to sleep

Steve Grabosch, founder of Adullam Outreach, shows visitors around a warehouse on a recent Thursday morning. (Photo by Brendan O’Brien)

A community center called Adullam Outreach gives away donated mattresses, box springs and furniture on the city’s North Side.

Construction skills program for adults seeks to return to an MPS school

Ezzard White, the founder of One Hope Made Strong, was invited to speak at a Community JOBS Fair at North Division High School on Monday. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

Representatives of the One Hope Made Strong skilled trades teaching program say they are talking with MPS leaders about using the industrial technology labs at the Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education, after the project was ejected from North Division High School.

New bus routes from city to suburbs ‘off to a good start’

Hopeful job applicants get off the bus at BuySeasons on South Moorland Road in New Berlin, at the end of the new MCTS Route 6. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

A Milwaukee County Transit System spokesperson says the agency is “very pleased to see the high ridership” on Route 6 to New Berlin. Riders hope the routes will offer more access to jobs.

Construction skills training program expelled from North Division

OHMS founder Ezzard White explains the OHMS program to visitors in a technical training lab at the Barack Obama School. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

After MPS terminated its agreement with One Hope Made Strong at North Division High School, Ezzard White plans to move his construction skills training program for adults to the Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education.

President Obama to headline Laborfest on Summerfest grounds

President Obama mingles with the crowd at Milwaukee’s Laborfest on Labor Day, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin AFL-CIO)

The 55th annual Laborfest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on the Summerfest grounds.

Micro lawn-mowing businesses put food on table for poor laborers

Richard Wilder stands next to his truck after clearing brush from a lot. (Photo by Brendan O'Brien)

For a few dollars, landscapers mow lawns and clear brush for homeowners and small businesses.