Running Rebels Current News
Stop a Speeding Bullet Campaign
This is a new campaign from Milwaukee USA organization Running Rebels targets youth gun violence. Serve Marketing made the campaign with great typography.
One in five gun crimes involve juvenile
Bus shelters were put up around Milwaukee and
The ads then direct people to StopASpeedingBullet.com, where previously incarcerated teens share personal stories of how Running Rebels changed their lives. Running Rebels is looking to show the community the positive work they’ve done, drive donations and, above all else, stop gun violence.
Victor Barnett, Founder of Running Rebels: “The reality is that 100% of the youth in the court-ordered correctional placement will return to the community.” says Tom Wanta, Administrator of Delinquency & Court Services Division Milwaukee County DHHS. “That is why Running Rebels focuses on the individual – not just the gun. In addition to intensive monitoring, kids find life-long mentors, a safe place to go after school, and positive ways to express themselves through sports or music. They often become a Rebel for life.”
Running Rebels shows value of keeping youth out of jail
The organization said that since 1998 it has helped nearly 900 young people stay in their communities - young people who otherwise might have collectively served hundreds of thousands of days in state corrections facilities at taxpayer expense. Dawn Barnett,
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said it costs about $100,000 a year to incarcerate a youth. "Every single kid they save, it's a huge impact," Abele said.
Running Rebels' efforts to keep young people out of prison not only save money, but also save lives. Barnett said the organization has an 80% success rate with youth offenders who are caught with firearms or considered serious chronic offenders, and that keeping them accountable through intense monitoring provides an enduring support system and a second chance.
Mario Drain, 23, participated in an armed robbery when he was 16 and said he faced a total of 92 years in jail. Instead, he went through the Running Rebels' program.
"At first it wasn't easy. I wasn't used to being accountable 24-7, just checking in all the time. I would describe that part as the hardest part," said Drain, who now works as a teacher's aide. "Once I got over that, I began to like the program; eventually I began to love it. Running Rebels, they are my family."
Running Rebels helps young people beat the odds
by Kenya Evans
Not only did members of our AAU Basketball Team head to State last weekend with their high school team (Hamilton), but our own 3rd Grade BC Rebels Basketball team played and won their division Championship Game!
Good job AAU Rebels! Congratulations to Milwaukee Hamilton High School and our Rebel players for ALL their efforts in the WIAA State Tournament. We are proud of you.
For more information, check out our AAU Basketball News page Here!
Congratulations to Rebel David Crewe! After finishing college, David became an athletic trainer, currently working for Minnesota Timberwolves.
Once a Rebel, always a Rebel!
Courtesy of David, our AAU Basketball teams will be going to the February 22nd, Bucks vs. Timberwolves Basketball game! Thank you David!
Check out the article on our youth, Davonte Hill, Pakk Mane, and Desmond Parker! Media Milwaukee-Running Rebels Assists Youth
Keep an eye out for all the changes taking place throughout the Running Rebels site!
Check out the article Miss Erin Vander Weele wrote about our youth and how Running Rebels effects them.
Running Rebels Collaborates with Prophetic
Pharrell approved hiphop artist PROPHETIC, in collaboration with the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and the Running Rebels Community Organization, releases his new music video for "Livin in the Sky" off the upcoming
MPMP2 album/documentary. MPMP2 will be released early 2011.
Fresh Coast Classic
Congratulations to all the scholarship winners!
Cierra Childs, Stefanee McLemore, Yolanda Coleman, Camille Youngblood,Cecilia Day (not pictured)
Thanks to everyone that attended or volunteered at the Fresh Coast Classic. Without you the Classic would not have been possible.
Congratulations to Bowie State for taking 1st place in the Classic and to Eric Vann for winning the MVP Award!