MADISON — Nehemiah, a southside community-based urban leadership development organization which strengthens Madison's African American youth and families, is turing 20 years old.
As the African American family here in Madison struggles beneath the weightiness of unemployment, drug abuse, crime, poverty, high school dropout rates, single parent households, mass incarceration and addiction, a local organization has decided to more than offer handouts. Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership (www.nehemiah.org) has decided to offer life coaching and empowerment strategies to its services because it believes that south Madison’s greatest asset is its residents.
“It’s easy to treat residents like clients. It takes faith and compassion to see them as future leaders who are capable of successfully addressing the many ills in our community,” says Dr. Alex Gee, Nehemiah’s president and founder.
For the past two decades, Nehemiah has partnered with local churches and businesses, United Way, MMSD, Madison Community Foundation, Dane County Human Services, Boys and Girls Club, Urban League of Greater Madison and many others in order to serve over ten thousand individuals and families since 1992.
Join Nehemiah and its 350-plus registered guests on Friday, Nov. 16, 6-9 p.m. for a free celebration event at the Micah Center Banquet Hall (High Point Church). Dr. Gee and his team will unveil Nehemiah’s new initiatives such as its economic development and job placement plans. Great soul food sampling and live local music and entertainment will be provided.
For information on how to register or to get more information visit www.nehemiahs20th.eventbrite.com or call Jacquesha McFarlane at 608-213-4583.