Daisy first came to the Kosciuszko Community Center as part of the Youth Development Program at the Milwaukee Christian Center. She was nine years old.
Little did she know that this experience would shape who she would become in the future.
Daisy’s mother enrolled her in summer camp while she worked full-time and attended school at night. Daisy attended summer camp for many years, along with her younger twin brothers.
When Daisy was 14, she was asked if she would be interested in being a camp counselor helping to care for younger kids. She spent the next few years working in the Youth Development Program, gradually taking on more leadership roles.
She participated in teen groups, hands-on arts programming, and supported literacy work with first and second grade students. Everyone raved about Daisy’s leadership and ability to communicate with and support the children in the class.
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Today, Daisy is 19 years old, and serving in the National Guard, setting up and running COVID-19 testing sites while she continues to pursue her education.
She still keeps in contact with so many from the Milwaukee Christian Center.
“Being involved with MCC definitely helped me strengthen my ability to work well with others in a team environment,” said Daisy “And working with children and planning activities throughout the day helped strengthen my leadership skills.”
The Youth Development Program’s ultimate goal is to support young people on pathways of educational, career and civic success. That starts with relationships and with sharing community with one another.
As Daisy puts it, “MCC taught me to deeply love a community that needs more heart to heal its wounds.”
Daisy and Milwaukee Christian Center remind us all, that to live better, we must Live United. Consider supporting this important work with a donation to United Way’s Community Fund.