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District 8 - Alderman Robert G. Donovan

Beyond the Bell Milwaukee

Milwaukee youth now have access to more than 200 after school programs and services at their fingertips, thanks to a new app developed by Beyond the Bell Milwaukee. The app is a direct response to a 2013 survey of more than 1,000 Milwaukee youth that found “lack of program awareness” as the number one barrier to after school engagement. Youth, parents and community can download the app on Apple and Android by visiting

Beyond the Bell is a coalition of youth-serving agencies, funders, policymakers and youth who work to ensure all young people have access to quality after school and summer opportunities.

Help Milwaukee Students — Become a Literacy Tutor

The successful and growing Interfaith-MPS Tutor Program is looking for adults who are 55 years old and older to become literacy tutors. Literacy tutors are placed in MPS classrooms to help students with their literacy skills for at least 90 minutes per week. Tutors volunteer in K4 through 5th grade classrooms.

All tutors will go through a training program before they enter the classroom so that they can be efficient and effective literacy tutors. The minimum commitment is 90 minutes per week but a tutor can ask for additional hours—just as many of the current tutors with the program have. The tutors would work in 5th Aldermanic District schools such as Maple Tree School and Engleburg School, along with a few others.

The tutoring program has so far had great success with 82% of students showing a positive change in attitude, with 79% showing a positive change in their interest toward learning and 80% demonstrating improved academic engagement. The Interfaith-MPS tutor program is a great way to give back to the community in a program that has proven results with more than 150 tutors involved.

If you are interested in joining the program or learning more about it, please contact Marie Honel at or at (414) 220-8683.

Alderman Donovan Releases Eight-Point Plan for Milwaukee

Alderman Bob Donovan has released an eight-point action plan to tackle Milwaukee’s biggest public safety challenges and issues.

Alderman Donovan, a member of the Public Safety Committee, said the initiative addresses Milwaukee’s public safety challenges head-on with the aim of improving conditions sooner rather than later.

“The City of Milwaukee simply must worker harder and smarter to address its public safety problems,” Alderman Donovan said. “Words are not enough anymore, action must be taken to solve theses issues and that is why I am putting forward this eight-point plan that will help Milwaukee address these very serious challenges.

“These problems will not go away unless we do something about them. I believe that we must take a stand against crime and I ask the City of Milwaukee to stand with me. Together, I believe we can accomplish great things and we can make a difference to improve public safety,” Alderman Donovan said.

Milwaukee Job Corps: A Way to Get What You Want Out of Life
The Milwaukee Job Corps is a no-cost educational and vocational training program that helps youth ages 16-24 (the upper age limit is waived for those who have a documented disability) learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED and help find and keep a good job. They are currently holding orientation sessions on a weekly basis for those who are interested in the program. Learn more about the Milwaukee Job Corps.

Job Corps Orientations for Wisconsin
New Milwaukee Job Corps Center, 6665 N. 60th Street — Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

For more details, contact Yulanda Randolph at 414-671-6129.

Esperanza Unida Bldg., 611 W. National Avenue, Ste. 209 — Every Monday and Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
For more details, contact Omar Barberena at 414-649-9055.

No late arrivals admitted to orientations. No orientations on Holidays.

Firefighter with Smoke AlarmSmoke Detectors: Proven to Save Lives

The Milwaukee Fire Department and the Mayor’s Office collaborated to develop Project FOCUS (Firefighters Out Creating Urban Safety) in 1991. FOCUS was created to address the fact that out of the 113 people who died in fires between 1987 and 1991, 91 of the victims perished in homes with no smoke detector, a disconnected smoke detector, or a detector without batteries.

Project FOCUS is the MFD’s response and a proactive approach to this disturbing fact. The program has had an immediate positive impact on fire deaths in the city and aims to target areas in the community that have experienced a high number of structural fires and/or fire-related deaths in the past two years. Project FOCUS allows on-duty firefighters to target a neighborhood and conduct a door-to-door campaign intended to educate residents on fire safety and prevention.

Project FOCUS takes place every year in spring and fall for three weeks. During those three weeks, firefighters visit every home in a targeted neighborhood to test or install smoke detectors, replace batteries, and perform blood pressure screenings -- all at no cost to the recipients. The Milwaukee Fire Department will also perform a “Mini-Focus” as necessary in the immediate neighborhood where a fire fatality occurred.

Since Project FOCUS was implemented, more than 20,000 smoke detectors have been installed in residences. All of the smoke detectors installed since 2005 are tamper-proof, feature a 10-year lithium ion battery and hush button as required by the City of Milwaukee fire code. This year, firefighters will visit more than 6,000 homes.

It is critically important for Milwaukee residents to have working smoke detectors in their homes. It is an early detection and life-saving device in the event of a fire. It can give you and your family those extra seconds that count when faced with smoke and flames. Check your smoke detector today, and make sure to check it on a monthly basis. If you do not have a working smoke detector you can request one to be installed by calling the Milwaukee Fire Department Smoke Detector Hotline (414) 286-8980.

Click to open CPU Case Files program. Community Prosecution Unit Case Files program
Milwaukee has a variety of strategies in place for protecting and preserving the quality of life in the city. The Community Prosecution Unit weaves these strategies together to create a network of police, Council members, city service agents, ordinances, the court system and more to help find innovative solutions to persistent problems in our communities. In this program, we will chronicle how various problems are solved through the coordination of the Community Prosecution Unit and neighbors. 

Ald. Donovan helped launch a project that showcases the Community Prosecution Unit through a television series, highlighting the success of the CPU and providing the public with resources for abating crime in their neighborhood.

In this episode, a nuisance property drives the neighbors to take action and through the coordinated efforts of the Community Prosecution Unit, the owner is prosecuted and imprisoned and the house is sold to new owner-occupants.

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200 E. Wells Street
Room 205
Milwaukee, WI 53202  

(414) 286-2221

District 8 Alderman

Robert G. Donovan
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Member: Public Works Committee
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A limited number of booklets can be obtained by contacting my assistant at 286-3778. You can also download and print your own version of the directory, or call 286-CITY to instantly be connected with any city service.

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Safe Sleep for Your Baby

The City of Milwaukee Health Department strongly advises parents NOT to share a bed with their infant. This is based on an American Academy of Pediatrics 2005 Policy Statement that states that the “risk of SIDS has been shown to be reduced when the infant sleeps in the same room as the mother,” but the AAP recommends that infants not share a bed with parents or anyone else, due to proven hazards. Click here to view a video that offers some advice on how to avoid the problems associated with “co-sleeping” with infants.