SDC’s Annual Meeting Shines Spotlight on Alumni,
New Leaders and Mission
Once a year, SDC commissioners, employees and guests pause and ask a simple question, “What did we accomplish this year?” That answer was revealed during the organization’s annual meeting on June 20th which is much like an agency report card to Milwaukee County residents. Committed to keeping the agency’s business transparent, George Hinton, SDC’s Chief Executive Officer, reported on the organization’s accomplishments, challenges and future plans. Hinton’s report showed issues that continue to keep Milwaukee County residents trapped in poverty. Contributing factors include consistently high unemployment rates in parts of the county. SDC saw this need and addressed it.
One project and solution is YouthBuild, an SDC construction pre-apprenticeship program. It provides work experience and helps students earn a high school diploma. SDC’s Workforce Development & Training Program Manager Tyrone McKee was named “Employee of the Year” for his work on this project and other SDC workforce projects.
One of the most powerful moments was when SDC’s former student and employee, Marcus Chisholm took the stage. Chisholm described his life after prison, how he earned his GED at SDC and, most notably, the continual support and encouragement he received from SDC staff. Later, Chisholm was hired by SDC, went on to college and became employed in his field of study. In the future, he plans to open his own business. The message reinforced the value of SDC’s wraparound services, programs, committed staff and even second chances.
Finally, the annual meeting gave Milwaukee County residents an opportunity to meet SDC’s newest commissioners. As directed by Wisconsin state statute and city ordinance, SDC Commissioners give Milwaukee County residents a voice. They help SDC provide the right resources to meet unique needs in Milwaukee County’s diverse neighborhoods.
With new commissioners sworn in, the hard work begins. The team led by Board Chair Elmer Moore, Jr. will work with SDC to continue advocacy and innovative programming.
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