Community Initiatives

Milwaukee County Senior Statesman Program

Since 1998, the Milwaukee County Senior Statesman Program has educated older adults about County government with the goal of cultivating social and civic engagement.  The program is offered once a year - free of charge - to twenty-five older adults living in Milwaukee County.  The program consists of three days of didactic and experiential learning activities focused on Milwaukee County’s legislative process and operations, including presentations, tours, meals, transportation, and supplemental materials.  Participants meet and share meals with elected and appointed officials, including the County Executive, all County Supervisors, and several key Department Directors.  They observe a County Board meeting and tour the County transit facility and park system.  In some years, participants also observed the court system and toured the jail.  The program routinely concludes with a graduation ceremony and backstage tour of the County’s performing arts center.  The Milwaukee County Senior Statesman Program has been replicated in other counties throughout the state on a smaller scale and is modeled after a similar program operated by the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, which educates older adults about state government.

Community Partners:

  • Milwaukee County Department on Aging (Lead Organization)
    • Stephanie Sue Stein, Director
    • Jonette Arms, Assistant Director
    • Jon Janowski, Program and Policy Coordinator
       
  • Milwaukee County Executive’s Office
    • Chris Abele, County Executive
       
  • Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors
    • Marina Dimitrijevic, Chairwoman
       
  • Marquette University & Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center
    • Stacy Barnes, Director
       
  • Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups

 

For More Information:

Milwaukee County Senior Statesman Program: Contact the Milwaukee County Department on Aging at 414-289-6874

Wisconsin Senior Statesman Program: Contact the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups at 1-800-366-2990

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