Annual Community Event Celebrates Final Year

Local community leaders unite to spark change and conversation in the Metro Milwaukee area

MILWAUKEE, WI — After four years of bringing community members together for a positive cause in Milwaukee, Community Connections prepares for its fifth and final celebration on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Event Coordinator LaToya S. Adkins, a UW-Madison graduate, former PEOPLE  Scholar, and school social worker for the Milwaukee Public Schools, and other community members will gather from 12p.m. to 6p.m. on Roosevelt Drive (between Olive Street and 22nd Street).

Adkins Community Connnections posterThe goal of this year’s event is to provide resources for attendees to make a difference within their own communities. There is added emphasis on working toward building more positive relationships between the community and the Milwaukee Police Department. The celebration is also intended to provide the space and opportunity for networking.

“I am much more confident now in my ability to connect with community members and get them involved,” Adkins said. “I do not want community members to be saddened or discouraged by the fact that the event is coming to an end, but I want everyone to celebrate how far we have come.  The event has grown so much over the years, and no matter where I end up, I will always cherish what a life-changing experience having this event has been for me.  I hope to take with me the skills that I have learned here to make a difference in other communities.”

With a purpose to develop and maintain community capacity, encourage collaboration among communities, and to promote advocacy, healing and positive community engagement following a tragedy within a community, the 5th Annual Community Event, will feature Motivational Speaker, Author & Life Coach, Eric S. Upchurch, Sr.  In addition, the celebration will also include a community resource and vendors fair, complimentary food, games, music, raffle prizes and a talent showcase.

About the Keynote Speaker:

Eric is a Coach, Professional Speaker, Radio Producer, Entrepreneur, and Award Winning Speaker. He has authored two administrative manuals, which have become proprietary assets of the corporations they were written for. He is the creator and author of The Destiny Now Experience – a workshop that puts lives back on track.  Eric unleashes a defined process

for reaching one’s true potential and destiny. His only desire is to help you fulfill yours. Eric is a certified Life Coach, Business Coach, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, and certified EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)

Practitioner. Eric firmly believes every answer to the challenges one experiences, lay hidden within the heart-mind, and he is delighted to help all who desire his assistance. He would say he is yet “a student of learning” as he leads a life of joy, completeness and fulfillment, doing what he was “born to do…” – help others grow into success.

“Our community is only as strong as its weakest member but yet so easily affected by anyone dedicated, driven, and determined to make significant and lasting change for the benefit of us all,” Upchurch said.

The facilitators of this event charge all of those who attend to take advantage of the resources available at the event, assume leadership roles and positions within their own communities and to collaborate with other community members and organizations.

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