ON-Lion Letter
The Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE), a nationwide network supporting effective community-based initiatives to address youth crime, will join with the Milwaukee Christian Center and the Running Rebels in June to present the "2016 Staying True Scholarship Awards."  Supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the three organizations have collaborated to coordinate a Violence-Free Zone initiative in Milwaukee schools that has been hailed for its success in reducing rates of youth crime, violence, and truancy, and enhancing the academic performance of at-risk students.

The ceremony will recognize 18 students from Milwaukee high schools as peer mentors who have exhibited exemplary leadership as ambassadors of peace in their community.  Each student will be awarded a scholarship for $2,500 to assist with tuition costs at the educational institution of their choice that they will attend next Fall, with an option of applying $500 to costs of educational supplies and equipment, for a total of $45,000 in awards. 

"The impact of the Violence-Free Zone and the outreach of the Running Rebels and the Milwaukee Christian Center has been remarkable," according to CNE president and Bradley Prize recipient Robert L. Woodson, Sr., "and the example set by these outstanding young people should be hailed as a testament to the response that can be elicited as the result of an investment of concern and guidance and the creation of opportunity."
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