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Running Rebels (& Friends) Accomplishments

  • RRCO has been part of the Milwaukee County Accountability Program (MCAP) since 2012 as a community placement or aftercare phase for adjudicated youth. We provide monitoring services, education, cognitive intervention, AODA education and counseling and Restorative Justice techniques to reduce incarceration costs and recidivism.
  • Our Intensive Monitoring Program (IMP) which combines the Firearms Program for adjudicated youth committing a crime with a weapon and Severe Chronic Offenders Program which is for chronic adjudicated youth continues to work with these youth since 1998.
  • We are in our third year for treating First-Time Burglary Offenders. This is a lighter version of the above IMP process.
  • In partnership with Cream City Wrecking and Dismantling LLC, we received 4 City of Milwaukee grants creating 16 slots for unemployed/underemployed adults. This came from The Garage Demolition/Hybrid Deconstruction Program, Residential Abatement & Vacant Lot Cleanup Program, Emergency Board-up Program and Vacant Lot Mowing/Sidewalk Snow Removal Program. We are in our second year with these programs.
  • In conjunction with Feeding America, The US Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program and the Hunger Task Force, Running Rebels served more than 10,000 meals to youth for the third consecutive year.
  • Our General and Targeted Programs assisted more than 75 youth with attaining employment opportunities with various companies throughout the community.
  • Kevon Looney who has participated in our programs since 2003 , accepted a basketball scholarship from UCLA beginning the fall of 2014. He was Wisconsin All-State Division I first team.
  • RRCO awarded over $10,000 in college scholarships at the 2014 Annual Scholarship Banquet.
  • RRCO participated in The Bridge Project in 2014 which is a community awareness campaign to engage youth and adults from across Milwaukee in efforts to reduce violence and build community. The march was done in the spirit of peace and unity, symbolizing that it is possible for Milwaukee to come together for a cause: to build bridges to end violence in our city.
  • Our agency participated in the Out of School Program to provide employment opportunities to at-risk youth ages 16-21 through the Milwaukee Area Workforce Development Program. We also administered our own Job Readiness Program to prepare youth for work in the job market.
  • In 2013, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation awarded Victor Barnett the prestigious Doug Janssen Leadership Award for community service. He also received the Community Service Award from the Waukesha County NAACP for exemplary service.
  • CBS News 58 recognized Victor Barnett and RRCO for making a difference in other people’s lives on July 8, 2010 segment of “Making Milwaukee Great". This award honors people who make a positive impact in communities across Southeast Wisconsin.

  • Visit Milwaukee awarded their Standing Ovation Award to Victor Barnett and RRCO for their outstanding work.
  •  RRCO received the Children’s Legacy Award in the sports category from the Black Child Development Institute Inc. on November 11, 2008.
  •  Victor Barnett and RRCO received the Mason Temple Community Service Award in the Business category.




  • In 2009, RRCO had continued success with the Violence-Free Zone Program (VFZ). VFZ is a collaboration with the Centers for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE), The Latino Community Center and Milwaukee Public Schools. The goals of VFZ is to reduce violent incidents, reduce suspensions, reduce truancies, increase attendance (school and class), increase grade point averages, empower youth to increase self-esteem, gain life skills, and engage them in positive social activities.
  • Baylor University compiled a study of the Milwaukee VFZ, which contained yearly comparisions of the 2008-2009 school year to previous year 2006-2007. The data showed significant reductions in violent incidents, non-violent incidents, and suspension rates.
  • New youth programs have been added in the past year, including: Pee-Wee Football, Helen Bader Foundation Summer Enrichment Basketball Program, Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board Learn & Earn Summer Enrichment Program, and State of Wisconsin Milwaukee Safe Street Initiative Job Training Program.
  • Tasha Allen, a 2009 graduate of Milwaukee North High and VFZ participant, overcame an unstable family situation and special needs to win five WIAA individual state championships, (three in 2009). She holds four state records and has run the best time in state prep history in the 100m, 200m, and 400m sprints ( "Righting Her Will," Art Kabelowsky, Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, June 28, 2009). RRCO organized a fundraising breakfast in her honor, to generate funds for Tasha to attend the U.S. Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, OR. Though she did not win any events, Tasha's fourth place finish in the 100 meters qualified for the U.S. Young Women's 400 meter relay team for the Pan-American Junior Championships, July 31- August 2, in Trinidad and Tobago. At the Pan-American Junior Champiosbhips, Tasha finished second in the 200m dash and was part of the 4x100m relay championship team. She is attending Butler Community College in Kansas and will run track.
  • 2008 - Running Rebels receives the "Standing Ovation" award presented by Visit Milwaukee.
  • 2008 - UNCF presents Running Rebels with the "Youth Organization" award.
  • 2005 - Running Rebels receives the "Black Excellence" award from Milwaukee Times Newspaper.
  • 1994 - For his efforts, Victor Barnett received on of channel 12's "12 WHO CARE " awards for his tireless work over the past years with the young men in the community. 
  • Milwaukee Area Work Investment Board honored RRCO for their work in the Earn and Learn Summer Program.
  • Victor Barnett received the inaugural Super Supporter award from the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative.
  • The 16 and Under Boys Basketball Team finished in second place in the Wallace Prather Classic.
  • The 13 and Under Boys Basketball Team finished in 10th place in the AAU National Basketball Tournament in Memphis, TN.
  • The 13 and Under Boys Basketball Team finished second place in the Wisconsin State AAU tournament.
  • RRCO Sixth Grade Boys Basketball Team finished in second place in the Wisconsin Regional Series of Basketball.

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