Prevention Programs

UCC Safe Place

The Safe & Sound initiative currently involves twenty-one neighborhoods collaborating to create a safer Milwaukee. As one of many Safe & Sound “Safe Places”, UCC is committed to minimizing juvenile crime and at-risk behaviors. Through meaningful programs that help students think critically about crime issues and community concerns, UCC encourages youth to avoid involvement in gang, crime, violent, or delinquent activities and are empowered to attain the developmental assets needed to become competent, caring, and healthy adults.

UCC Safe Place programs include academic counseling and pre-college programs, opportunities for civic engagement, leadership workshops and presentations by guest speakers and community leaders. The main objective of the program is to deter and delay the onset of risky and criminal behavior by emphasizing and providing opportunities to development personal goals centered on high school completion and post-secondary education.

  • Available weekdays, year-round - Activities in the Teen Center 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Open to middle school and high school students

Developing and Sensitizing Young Leaders

The Crime Strategy Initiative (CSI), a Safe Place activity, is a youth-led response to neighborhood crime. CSI educates youth on various topics in the field of crime prevention, promotes communication skills and leadership qualities in youth, and encourages youth to take proactive action against substance abuse, gang activity, and violence in their neighborhood. UCC’s collaboration with local law enforcement provides a unique opportunity for youth to hear from police officers and other city officials regarding crime issues and community concerns.

Through discussion and critical thinking about these issues, students develop their own plans for building a strong, peaceful, and safe community.

  • Available weekdays, year-round - activities in the Teen Center 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Open to middle school and high school students


All-StarsAll-Stars is an evidence-based program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. UCC adopted the program in 2006 to prevent alcohol and drug use, postpone sexual activity and reduce fighting and delinquency in middle school youth. In 2009 All-Stars expanded to also serve the high school population as they develop a path to college.

Students set personal goals and learn decision-making and stress management skills as well as strategies for resisting peer pressure. The program culminates in a graduation ceremony in which students, in front of peers and prominent community members, commit to a goal-oriented lifestyle and avoidance of high-risk behaviors.

  • Weekly throughout the school year
  • Open to middle school and high school students

To learn more about Prevention Programs at UCC email Tim Balke or call 414-384-3100.


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