Success Stories

Donate NowFaculty and staff of UCC’s many programs take pride in making a difference in the lives of our clients and program participants. Every day, clients’ and program participants’ lives are changed because of the efforts on our campus to aide the children, adults, and elderly that are involved in UCC programming. We value community, and we celebrate the successes of those around us. Please join us in celebrating our clients' accomplishments.

 

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Alondra, Pre-College & LASP

Alondra, Pre-College & LASP

Alondra grew up the youngest of four children. Her parents knew about UCC’s Bruce-Guadalupe Community School (BGCS) because for a number of years, her father worked there. They enrolled their children at BGCS because they knew the school focused on the academic success of students and liked that it was part of a larger community-based center.

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Ana, 2015 Wall of Fame

Ana, 2015 Wall of Fame

Ana is one in five recipients of the 2015 Badger Mutual Wall of Fame for her outstanding community leadership and mentorship to youth in the community. Ana works with an impressive list of Milwaukee organizations including UCC, Milwaukee Art Museum, Casa Romero, Medical College of Wisconsin, St. Alexander Parish, Stein Scholars, MPS Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. She graduated June 2015 from Carmen High School of Science and Technology with honors and plans to attend college to pursue her passions.

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Francisco, After School Achievement Program

Francisco, After School Achievement Program

In 1994, Francisco and his family relocated from Reseda, California to Milwaukee. Following their relocation, Francisco’s family struggled making ends meet and were faced with the challenge of not knowing the available resources for low income families in the area, specifically in education. Due to this lack of knowledge, Francisco’s parents struggled finding the right school for Francisco and his siblings. When they learned about the United Community Center (UCC), they immediately enrolled Francisco and his sisters at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School (BGCS).

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Gloria, Senior Center

Gloria, Senior Center

Throughout her life, Gloria has always remained a strong, independent businesswoman. A mother of five children, she and her husband nurtured the idea to succeed in life by attaining an education. Although she had only a 4th grade education, Gloria always found ways to provide for her family in Ecuador. From attending school for nursing to working from home in sales to selling crafts, Gloria always made sure her children had the opportunity for an education.

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Jesus, Reading Intervention

Jesus, Reading Intervention

Jesus has been a student at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School (BGCS) since kindergarten. Raised in a household where Spanish is the dominant language, Jesus struggled with basic reading comprehension, which affected many aspects of his education. After scoring in the 25th percentile on his Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test, a standardized test that measures students’ understanding of reading, math, and science, Jesus was selected to be a part of the Reading Intervention Program.

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Johanna, Summer School & Summer Recreation Program

Johanna, Summer School & Summer Recreation Program

Prior to enrolling in Bruce-Guadalupe Community School (BGCS), Johanna attended a school where she experienced bullying. As a result of the bullying, Johanna kept to herself as much as possible and was quite reserved. When her brother enrolled at BGCS, Johanna’s parents transferred her as well. She started her first year at BGCS as a 3rd grade student.

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Laura, Human Services

Laura, Human Services

After breaking her leg and undergoing serious reconstructive surgery, Laura was enrolled in physical therapy and prescribed Percocet, a pain relieving medication. After the six months of physical therapy expired, however, Laura’s doctor stopped her prescription.

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Zoilo, Senior Center

Zoilo, Senior Center

In his younger years, Zoilo would spend hours walking the city streets of Chicago. Never one to stay home, Zoilo would always venture to meet new people, see new sights, and enjoy living amidst the bustling atmosphere of a big city. Originally from Milwaukee, Zoilo vowed never to return and instead preferred living in Chicago or New York where he spent the majority of his years.

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