Our Youth Social Development Programs help young people grow into
self-sufficient adults.

For Everyone

Our Teen Leadership and Youth Leadership Clubs seek to enhance leadership skills among participants.

Our Teen Talk program is a vehicle for adults to learn and understand the thought process of the participants while allowing teens to share their interests, strengths and concerns.

All of our Youth Social Development Programs have a secondary focus on promoting post-secondary education, career development, AODA prevention, pregnancy prevention that includes the Personal Responsibility and Education Program ("PREP"), and building healthy relationships.

The programs meet at least once a week throughout the year. The Silver Spring Neighborhood Center staff seeks to develop and maintain healthy relationships with participants that will keep them engaged in SSNC programs through high school graduation.

For Young Men

Our MALE (Maturing And Loving Everyone) program seeks to eliminate violent behaviors among its participants.

For Young Women

Out LADY (Loving And Developing Yourselves) program seeks to eliminate teen pregnancies by engaging youth in activities that promote self-esteem and self-worth.

Opportunity Youth Program

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center is excited to partner with Carmen Schools of Science and Technology to pilot the new Opportunity Youth Program in our neighborhood.

The program targets individuals 16 - 24 years old who are not in school and not employed.

People who participate in the new program will be connected to both educational and employment resources. Housing the Opportunity Youth Program here at the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center allows us to bring these much-needed resources to our neighborhood.

For more information email us at oppyouth@ssnc-milw.org


Everyone deserves a
sporting chance

Physical activity, and sports, in particular, can positively affect aspects of personal development among young people, such as self-esteem, goalsetting, and leadership.

Our Silver Spring Neighborhood Center Sports Programs take a holistic approach to strengthening the person, assisting the student and developing the athlete.

Our middle and high school student-athletes are required to take part in our Youth Program. The program includes academic, social development programs, which consist of social and character building programs. Prevention programs, which includes pregnancy and ATODA (Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Addition) prevention as well as violence prevention. The athletes participate in year-round workouts and competitive basketball games.

Additionally, each athlete is expected to maintain his or her individualized minimum grade point average – all are set above the MPS’ minimum GPA to participate in sports and recreation. Students also participate in community service projects like community clean ups, Play in the Park, Urban Ecology, Milwaukee Rescue Mission and more.







By using a holistic approach with our athletes, our students have achieved some amazing results like:

  • To date, 36 of the 40 graduates have attended college on scholarships
  • Six of our athletes have gone on to play professionally—two in the NBA and four overseas.
  • We have amazing partnerships with organization such as The Sam Waisbren Memorial Basketball Program. This program is a new kind of youth basketball program moving ‘beyond basketball’ with a strong emphasis on education, stressing literacy alongside basketball fundamentals.
  • Check them out at: https://www.swbball.com/

Our Daily Schedule of Programs

Kids receive a light snack and a hot meal during the 6pm programming slot.