Meet the Neighbor Behind this Week’s Poetry Neighbor Night: Teikani Richardson

When Teikani Richardson was six years old, his family moved into a house on N. 17th St. across the street from the Walnut Way Center in Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood. There his family – mom, dad, and 11 kids – took part in community arts and recreation programs offered by Walnut Way and other organizations. Teikani, the second youngest, was no exception. Today Teikani is an 18-year old high school graduate and Neighborhood Mobilization Worker for Walnut Way (through its partnership with Employ Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee County’s Workforce Development Board). He has big plans for his future and credits his family and Walnut Way for helping him develop the skills needed to succeed: creativity, strong work ethic, and flexibility.

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City of Milwaukee, Walnut Way Join Forces on Green Infrastructure Projects with New National Partner, Institute for Sustainable Communities

Walnut Way has been invited to participate in the Institute for Sustainable Communities’ Partnership for Resilient Communities (PRC). City of Milwaukee ECO Department partnered on the application to increase green infrastructure projects. This award supports community-driven resilience projects.  ISC will provide Walnut Way with customized technical assistance, access to ISC’s large and growing national network of sustainability and resilience practitioners, connections with peer organizations, and strategic funding to expand and accelerate our work on energy and water resilience.

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Men’s Yoga Fiya Class Kicks Off this Week!

Men’s Yoga Fiya class will awaken your inner fire! Men’s Yoga Fiya (Fire) is aimed for men new to yoga and its many benefits. Listen to old school hip hop music while learning to calm the mind and breathe. Men’s Yoga Fiya is graciously offered by The Zen Dragonfly starting this Wednesday, January 31st: 6pm-7pm. Join us every other week until April 25th for Men’s Yoga Fiya.

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Healing Circle Explores Relationships and More this Season

It’s a new year for The Healing Circle. Join us this season as we explore how to be well. Topics include focusing one’s energies on relationships and regaining personal power, creating scared spaces, and letting go of ideas that no longer serve us. The Healing Circle is a space for women of color grow an abundant tool-kit for practicing self-care. Advance your practice of self-love and growth in a growing community of supportive women. Come learn with us as we do the continued work of living our best lives.

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A Letter from Executive Director, Antonio Butts

Jeff knew he wanted to work with his hands. He came from a family of builders. He couldn’t see his dream or realize his vision because he was isolated, unemployed, and nearly homeless. In the Lindsay Heights community, a common barrier for men seeking long-term employment is a lack of social support. When Jeff joined the Men’s Wellness Group at Walnut Way, it was his first step towards becoming well. Through the course of two years, Jeff engaged in programs at Walnut Way that focus on supporting community members through the building blocks of Wellness, Work, and Wealth.

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