Nehemiah Blog

Grass, Snow and Success

By Carrie Vanderford Sanders Carrie Sanders, Director of Community and Economic Development, has been working with an entrepreneur, Chris Theis, as he is growing his lawn care and snow removal business. Chris, who was recently released from incarceration in 2010, took over his father’s lawn care business, “Just What You Want”, in mid-2016 as his…

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No Man is an Island

By Harry Hawkins   How do you unwind after a hard day? Do you have someone you can confide in? The answer to those questions most likely revolved around home, and the people who live with you. Imagine, for a moment, if you didn’t have your home and the people in it to help you…

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Butterfly

By Harry Hawkins Transformations are happening all around us. The winter grays are disappearing, replaced by the blues of springs. The grass shakes off the dull brown of winter in exchange for vibrant greens. The same type of life changing transformations is happening with our students through the leadership of Ozanne Anderson in our ACE…

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Frozen In Time

By Harry Hawkins Can a moment change your life? That was the topic of conversation as I spoke with Anthony Cooper, Director of Re-entry for Nehemiah, and a facilitator of the program. They talked about a young man named James*, a participant in the Man-Up Program. The men of the group meet every Tuesday and…

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Looking for a Better Summer Job?

Nehemiah’s ACE Program (Academic Center for Excellence) is preparing for Summer of 2017. There are a number of employment opportunities available on our employment page. The camp runs seven weeks in July and August. Nehemiah’s Vision: Engaging the greater Madison community to empower African American individuals, families and communities to bring about hope, transformation, and…

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Justified Anger and Nehemiah Team Up in Leadership Development

By Lisa Speckhard This fall, Nehemiah started a training and support program to grow and support black leaders in the Madison community. One of the stated five focus areas of Justified Anger is leadership and capacity development; Our Madison Plan states that Justified Anger wants to “increase the number of African-Americans in leadership positions in a…

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Stand With Us (Video)

Alex Gee, Nehemiah

I want to thank you for your support by sharing a story with you, and a few words in the video (bottom of page). Fatherlessness was stifling Marcus. This 7th grade student often found himself trapped between pain and anger – both of which resulted in him shutting down emotionally and doubting himself. This kind…

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Come Celebrate With Us! Thursday, November 10

We invite you to join us for our annual update & celebration. We will reflect on an incredible year and you will hear stories of transformation and hope from Nehemiah staff and program participants.Our program will run from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, followed by a time to connect with our staff and board from 7:30 –…

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Nehemiah Center Launches African-American Leadership Institute

Madison’s Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership – in partnership with Justified Anger – will be launching its inaugural African American Leadership & Capacity Development Institute (LCDI) in September. This is a first for Dane County – an African-American faculty investing in emerging African-American leaders, focusing on personal, organizational, and community leadership. This program will be…

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Summer Youth Letter

Dear friends of Nehemiah:   Summer – a word that conjures up a lot: free time, friends, late bedtimes, no school, and fun. For those of us at Nehemiah, it brings to mind other words: academic enrichment, mentoring, positive outcomes and most of all – kids! Summer is a critical time for Nehemiah because it’s a…

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