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The Middle Ground Inc is a Non profit Organization established in 2014 by Cheri Fuqua. Mrs.Fuqua has been heavily engaged in the community for the past 20 years. She’s a AmeriCorps Alumni (Corporation for National and Community Service) also a graduate of NCI The Neighborhood Leadership Institute. In 2016 Mayor Tom Barrett presented Mrs.Fuqua with a Resident Leader award. Mrs.Fuqua has maintained a strong presence in her community, connecting residents, leaders & stakeholders at monthly meetings and frequent outreach. Our programs and mission emphasize innovation, collaboration, authenticity, inclusion and encourages civic engagement.
We serve at risk & under served populations by identifying leaders to collaborate & assist with building a safe, thriving & sustainable community. Our core principles, Empower, Unite, Develop, led us to partnerships with AK Development, The Ketem Community Incubator & Milwaukee Promise Zones to roll out our Youth Development Initiative.
Our Mission Statement
We Empower & Unite to Develop thriving & sustainable communities.
Big growth in our volunteer retention in 2018
Resources provided to over 80 families (Housing, employment, food)
We raised our volunteer rate to 25% in 2017. Our volunteers put in a total of 26k hours in over 10 weeks
17 youth enrolled in our youth development program. 16 youth completed program
As a result of our workshops 50% of the youth from our program was placed with permanent employment or internship opportunities
What We Do
Youth Development training is appropriate for youth who are interested in Entrepreneurship & Character building. Some may be interested in starting their own business or live in areas with either an unstable formal economy or an established informal sector.
The program offers valuable skills that can be applied in various life pursuits. Youth leaders who complete the Development program gain Leadership & Management skills, Knowledge about Money & Finances, Confidence & Critical thinking skills , Planning and development skills & Community awareness .
We Run Workshops to Provide Skills Needed to Obtain & Maintain Employment & Healthy Relationships
Mindset training, Confidence building, Communications, Resume Buildings, Interviewing Skills, Financial Literacy, Critical Thinking, Leadership skills, Social Media etiquette