As a life-long resident of Milwaukee I have made a commitment to improve the lives of those in my community. Quality of care is very important when providing services for children and young adults. The future lies with them so having a solid team of professionals to help as they plan their future is essential. I divide my time between working with the kids and working with our team to ensure they are the best they can be.
As a young child I always knew that I wanted to help people. Becoming a Crisis Stabilizer has been so rewarding. Every day is completely different. You can guarantee that there will be several unexpected challenges for you to deal with. You get to make a real difference in the life of the young children, providing them with some of the tools for success. The children are our future. By helping the kids in tough situations get onto the path of success, you can really make a difference.
As an agent of change, I believe every person is capable of change and overcoming any internal and external challenge. I am a proud resident of Milwaukee and a believer of its unlimited potential. Therefore, I am completely invested in young people’s success as they are the leaders of tomorrow.
I like to work with kids because I have a lot to offer. When I say a lot to offer, I mean wisdom. I believe I can point a child in the right direction and encourage them in ways I hadn’t as a child. I am a positive male role model that can have a positive influence in a child’s life.
“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” My ambition and experience will help youth become successful.
“Real, sustainable community change requires the initiative and engagement of community members” – Helen D. Gayle. It is my mission to engage with youth and make a change.
When your job is considered a hobby, that’s when you found your passion. Working with kids is all I know, to me this is my life. It takes a very special individual to involve, inspire, and captivate that hearts of a child. Once you establish that relationship, put in that time, and you’re consistent, you have them. My passion is to reach one, teach one to continue the proverb ” It takes a village”.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with youth for over 4 years. I have always had a passion to work in the social services field. Everyday is an opportunity to assist our youth with recognizing their worth and to push them to their full potential. I strive to model and teach youth different skills that with help them throughout their lives. Its my biggest priority to build meaning and lasting relationships!
James D. Hall
I truly believe that this is my calling. I can remember being a teen at a crossroad. It was looking as if the streets were going to consume me. I had no one to take the time to understand, hear or care about me. I know what it feels like to be alone. I want to hear every voice of reason that needs to be heard. I want to help those who need help or feel helpless.
I’m a believer of positive change, and my beliefs are the reason why I advocate and provide positive role modeling skills, build support and gain the trust of the youth that I come in contact with. As a crisis stabilizer I provide and share ideas on ways to better deal with crisis situations without added frustration.
Stanley Harris, BA
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Health and Safety. I have worked as a crisis stabilizer for 6 years and I have received certification from Wraparound Milwaukee in Crisis Prevention, Crisis Verbal and Physical De-escalation, Non-Suicidal Self Injury and The Bully, The Bullied, and The Bystander just to name a few. I have experience working with youth from the age of six to twenty-one years of age from different social, economic, and mental health backgrounds. I enjoy giving the youth an opportunity to try different and new activities to do in the community and the importance of education and how it can have a positive impact on their lives. Working as a stabilizer has given me the opportunity to give back to kids in the community as was done for me.
Growing up in the inner city I was exposed to violence as a youth, bad neighborhoods, and all things that contributed to bad behavior. Now that I’m older I want to try to make a change in the lives of youth.
One of the very rewarding aspects of my work has been the interaction with the youth. Defining youth’s strengths and goals allows me to help youth overcome their struggles in life.
I have a passion for working with youth, so it is my desire to see them overcome hardship and succeed in the future. I believe in empowering youth to live out their purpose by cultivating their gifts and talents within.
I am a qualified Crisis Stabilizer who enjoys helping our youth and families in our community. Being a Crisis Stabilizer is a great opportunity to uplift, inspire, and be a great role model to our youth. I have spent over 17 years combined experience in non profit social services and professional education. I am currently a full time Physical Education Teacher for Milwaukee Public Schools. I enjoy sports, coaching, working out, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and giving back to our community. I am from Milwaukee, WI graduated from Rufus King High School and received a Bachelors of Art from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Youth Development. “In recognizing the Humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” Thurgood Marshall
“We as leaders are in control of our tomorrows. Our future is determined by the work we put in yesterday.” I am determined to invest into our youth to show them absolutely every avenue there is to be better then they were yesterday, growth is challenging but growth is good.
I am motivated by the youth in our community. My goal is to continue to give back to my community.
I have worked with children and youth in several different capacities throughout my career. My experience has allowed me to form positive, meaningful, and impactful relationships with many youth and families. I have always been passionate about working with children and youth and helping to guide them in the right direction. It is my goal to make a difference in the lives of the families I work with.
I believe the way in which I was raised, along with my surrounding areas in which I grew up, has built me into becoming the understanding and helpful caring person I am today. Growing up I seen so many families in need of financial and emotional support, that I found myself being that helping hand or listening ear. So for me to become a crisis worker isn’t surprising to me. I’m still able to be that helping hand and listening ear. My goal is to leave an impacting positive change with each family I come into contact with.
I enjoy being a Crisis Stabilizer because I care for youth and I feel that I am a very positive and patient role model. I feel like I can help the youth that I work with. I am a great communicator and a listener.
Dr. La'Tonya Winfrey-Walls
I am Licensed School Social Worker with experience working with children/ adolescents, families, and groups. I believe that every individual can benefit from counseling, and works to achieve a warm yet productive provider/client relationship. My therapeutic approach is non-judgmental, client-centered, and strengths based. I work to form a collaborative therapeutic relationship with clients that facilitates personal growth by providing empathy, support, and positive feedback to empower clients and help them to set and achieve realistic goals. I work to build a caring and authentic relationship with clients to facilitate growth and healing. I have counseled a culturally diverse population involved with the child welfare system, which gives me the ability to build relationships with adolescents and clients experiencing resistance. Therefore, I can tailor the clinical approach in accordance with the clients’ unique needs. I have worked extensively with clients who are dealing with crisis, trauma, mood disorders, relationship issues, family of origin issues and grief and loss. My work is strengths-based and client-centered, working with clients to meet their goals. My mission is to provide support and necessary crisis stabilization services to youth so they can enhance their quality of life and provide themselves with an opportunity to reach their fullest potential.
“Alone we can do so little: together we can do so much” – Helen Keller. Youth are the key to our community future success. By lending a ear and providing helpful coping skills, our community future looks bright.
My main objective is to counsel, support and assist youth navigating through life challenges without going into crisis. I enjoy engaging in activities with youth and sharing tools of preventive methods in/outside of the home, as well as connecting youth to beneficial community resources. My role ultimately serves as liaison between youth, family, school and many other contacts. While working with youth, my goals are to ensure that they utilize coping skills, communicate effectively with others and execute good decision making skills.