Milwaukee’s ‘We Got This’ Garden Offers Work, Life Skills To Young Men

In Its Sixth Year, Program Has Grown From 1 Boy To Up To 100, Founder Says
By Mary Kate McCoy
  • Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 5:05am

At 8 a.m. — not a minute after — on Saturday mornings in the summer, young men from Milwaukee’s north side are ready to work.

For six years, the “We Got This” program has been offering boys between 12 and 16 years old mentorship, community and the opportunity to earn $20 through gardening, building furniture and cleaning the neighborhood streets.

Andre Lee Ellis, the founder of the program, says a lot of time is spent focusing on the negative of the city. The 53206 ZIP code, where the garden is located, is Milwaukee’s poorest.

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Gardener, web designer, mom, daughter, co-host of the 53206 Cast podcast and loves Milwaukee, specifically 9th and Ring.

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