Hillary Clinton 1996 Visit to Next Door

Hillary Clinton came to Milwaukee in 1996 during her husband’s presidential campaign. She made a stop at Next Door to read with children and visit with staff and parents.

335 volunteers join Next Door for Community Read with Me

Next Door hosted its first-ever Community Read with Me event on April 30, 2019 as part of the organization’s celebration of its 50th Anniversary this year.

Next Door, Marquette partner to boost childhood literacy

A partnership with Marquette University’s Trinity Fellowship program brings a new cohort of Early Literacy Fellows into Next Door classrooms this year, supporting teachers with language and literacy development for children 0 to 3.

Ed Ruen, Next Door Executive Director 1978 to 1993

Rev. Ed Ruen served as Next Door’s Executive Director for 15 years and helped establish a strong base of philanthropy that continues supporting the agency today.

Mary Conlon, 44 years serving Next Door

Mary Conlon joined Next Door in 1971 as a VISTA volunteer and later joined the agency as a full-time employee through May of 2017.

Frank Habib: Served Next Door 1970-1980

Frank Habib worked at Next Door during the organization’s first decade serving youth and young adults on Milwaukee’s near west side.

Byron Tweeten: Next Door’s First Executive Director

Former colleagues praised Byron for his inclusionary approach, his natural ability to motivate his team and his sensitive way of connecting with neighborhood youth.

Leading Men Fellowship at Next Door

The Leading Men Fellowship program allows young men of color to explore a career in early childhood education while helping get children ready for school.

Child Care Partnership Family Engagement Success

Walter Trueh never misses a chance to climb aboard Next Door’s Books for Kids Mobile Library when the crew visits one of Next Door’s Early Head Start Child Care Partnership sites.

A Books for Kids Champion: Jenny Leibl

A company volunteer opportunity introduced Jenny Leibl to Books for Kids and her support just grew from there!

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