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December 8, 2017

Written by Juan Gamez, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center Employee

We are excited to welcome Lincoln Avenue Elementary into the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership. Lincoln Avenue is a multi-ethnic, bi-lingual school serving grades K3-5 on Milwaukee’s south side. In partnership with Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Lincoln Avenue’s new Community School Coordinator is Juan Gamez. Meet Juan:

There are many exciting things already happening at Lincoln Avenue! Some highlights include the inauguration of a new playground and announcement that Lincoln Avenue is now part of the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership.

Another exciting project is our Community Conversations. Through these conversations, I have been learning what students, families, staff, and the community want for the future of Lincoln Avenue. Through the continual participation of all stakeholders, we seek to align current and future partnerships around shared goals like academic success and a healthier community.

Why did Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers decide to be the partner agency for Lincoln Avenue Community School?

The Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership increases the capacity of Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers to serve clients in the Lincoln Avenue community. Through the Community School Coordinator position Sixteenth Street has a unique opportunity to holistically address the health and quality of life issues impacting the residents of Milwaukee’s south side.

What was your favorite book as a child?

As a child I really enjoyed the oral folklore and storytelling shared by relatives, especially my grandparents. One of my favorite books growing up was The Giving Tree. Currently, my favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?

Mr. Mercado, my 2nd and 4th grade teacher at Bruce Guadalupe Community School, inspired me. What I valued most was his commitment to going beyond what was required in order to help all students improve. He empowered us to take ownership of our education and behavior.

What did you want to be (career) when you were a child?

I wanted to be a professional soccer player. However, after 5th Grade, I wanted to become a teacher. I am happy to now be working in a school and to utilize education as an avenue to improve the city. 

Want to get involved? Volunteer as a Reading Buddy to help students at our Community Schools succeed! Click here to learn more and sign up.

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