"We Got This" wraps up 5th season of teaching young men life lessons

MILWAUKEE -- A summer program in Milwaukee continues to provide a positive outlet for young men.

The "We Got This" community beautification and improvement program just wrapped up for the season at 9th and Ring.

They’ve been going five years strong. It's a special program that continues to keep kids out of trouble.

The young people are learning life skills from activist Andre Lee Ellis.

"It's legacy building," Ellis said.

Isaiha Washington, 11, is a program participant.

"I appreciate him a lot, that's like my bigger brother,” Washington said. "It's been a dream to come here every Saturday."

For 14 long weeks, Isaiha and his peers have worked in this garden while tidying up the community, learning the value of work and responsibility.

"I learned how to be a good student in class, how to not disrespect elders. Even though they're not my color I can still respect them as one of my family members," Washington said.

Purchasing the lot from the city for only $1, Ellis says he started this because he wanted to change the narrative for the 53206. Letting people know good things and people come from the zip code.

"This garden is a sense of inspiration not just on Saturday mornings but the period for all the great things that are happening even in the most trying times in this city," said Alderwoman Milele Coggs.

Kids were also given backpacks filled with school supplies during Saturday’s celebration.

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