MANDI People's Choice Award Voting

Winners receive $1,000 and the Wells Fargo People's Choice Award at the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation on August 11th. Click on any of the nominees to learn more via profiles written by LISC.

MANDI Awards 2022

Thursday, August 11, 2022
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4th Dimension on Center

4th Dimension (4D) provides a sober living community for people who seek a life free from drugs and alcohol. 4D’s new building not only provides sober living for 33 residents, but also has meeting rooms and communal spaces that allow for community programs, 12 step meetings, yoga, music, meals, and mindfulness.

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Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern Community Advisory Committee

We are a group of community members working to ensure Milwaukee residents, especially those historically underrepresented in or excluded from environmental decision making, play an active role in making decisions about our shared waters and the funding to improve them.

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Milwaukee Healthcare Partnership, on behalf of its members

The Milwaukee Health Care Partnership (MHCP) is a public/private, consortium dedicated to improving health care for low-income, underserved populations in Milwaukee County. Through collective action, the MHCP members have worked together for 15 years to improve health outcomes, advance health equity, and reduce the overall cost of care

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United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM)

United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM) is a collaborative of 8 organizations whose mission is to make Milwaukee’s neighborhoods stronger through a united collaboration of member organizations who work to achieve the greatest community impact. We work to improve the lives of those that are living in Milwaukee’s most underserved neighborhoods.

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Kinnickinnic River-Pulaski Park

The 26-acre Pulaski Park on Milwaukee’s South Side was always a destination, but now the community rediscovered the Kinnickinnic River! From 2018-2020, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District in partnership with Milwaukee County Parks and others, removed 1,700+ ft of concrete lining, restoring the river and refreshing parts of the park.

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America’s Black Holocaust Museum

In February of 2022, ABHM’s physical space reemerged after a fourteen-year closure. ABHM was founded by Dr. James Cameron, one of the only known recorded survivors of a US lynching. Our mission is to provide a space for repair, reconciliation, and healing.

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LaShawndra Vernon

LaShawndra Vernon is focused on policy, systems and environmental change. She has an extensive background in public health and community engagement. LaShawndra is a Public Allies Milwaukee Alum. LaShawndra is appointed to the Cultural Artistic & Musical Programming Advisory Council (CAMPAC) of Milwaukee County and the Bronzeville Advisory Committee (BAC) of the city of Milwaukee.

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Leatanya Dunn

Recyclable Teacher’s Closet started as a youth program in 2015, supplying emergency basic needs resources to homeless and at-risk youth. While previously experiencing some of the same barriers that many families were currently facing, Recyclable Teacher’s Closet decided to create partnerships with community agencies around the city. Housing, jobs, prenatal care resources and more are accessible at the monthly Diaper and Community Resource Events.

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UpStart Kitchen

UpStart Kitchen is a food business incubator that caters to entrepreneurs—to doers and dreamers—who have a passion for their niche in the culinary world but lack the licensed commercial kitchen needed to bring their idea to life. We offer shared kitchen space—as well as resources, training, mentoring, and community—to help launch dreams and create generational wealth in Milwaukee.

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The Kimistry Lab

The Kimistry Lab was founded by Kimberly Green, a former teacher and self taught dressmaker. The Lab provides affordable spaces for creatives to build and grow their businesses. Additionally, we are filling gaps by providing classes for all ages that equip Milwaukeens with skills to be successful entrepreneurs.

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UCC Ricardo Diaz Early Learning Academy

The United Community Center’s (UCC) Ricardo Diaz Early Learning Academy is a new state-of-the-art early childhood education facility located on Milwaukee’s southside. The site provides a beautiful, safe and loving environment for children to learn, explore, and grow. Young learners receive the promising start they need and deserve to create bright futures!

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Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC) is home to collaboration, capacity building, and equitable access to the arts. Located in Bronzeville and serving children and families from every corner of the community, MYAC’s expansion emboldens the partner organizations who call MYAC home to double their service and deepen their impact.

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