Dear Friend of Know Thyself:
Effective later this summer, I am resigning from my position as Executive Director of Know Thyself. After three years, I am proud of where Know Thyself is positioned within the nonprofit landscape of Milwaukee; and I am extremely optimistic about its immediate future potential.
The person who replaces me will be entering the organization at a very exciting time, as Know Thyself is poised to grow rapidly in the next 3-5 years. Moreover, with our new strategic plan in place, the organization has clear guideposts for the new person to follow.
That said, the organization will need to be in the hands of someone talented and with vision – someone who can see the big picture and think creatively. As it is a one-person office, this person will also have to be very self-motivated, organized and only of the highest integrity.
Please see the attached job description and share with those who you think may qualify and be interested. The application period will close on July 1, so time is of the essence. Interested persons can submit their résumé to: email@example.com.
It has been a true privilege to work at Know Thyself. Thank you for your past and continued support.
Know Thyself™ Mission
Know Thyself™ provides urban students with critical life skills – skills such as self-awareness, conflict resolution, empathy, goal setting and decision making – thereby enabling them to be positive contributors in their community.
In urban Milwaukee, teenagers are walking out of high school with a disadvantage that reaches beyond the quality of their school or the color of their skin. Increasingly, children from the city grow up without adult models who impart to them what we call soft skills, such things as a solid handshake, eye contact, the ability to speak publicly, and an awareness of the body and its health.
Without these skills, high school graduates miss scholarship opportunities, internships and chances for a job. But this disadvantage is fixable; and the skills can be taught. We teach them to our students with great success.
No school teaches the things we teach nor should they be expected to. Parents, unfortunately, do so less and less, as well. We at Know Thyself™ are filling that void.
In 1996, I partnered with Ms. Ouida Williams, then a counselor at Jackie Robinson Middle School, to create a curriculum to teach a small group of girls how to better present themselves to others. In those first few years, Ms. Williams and I did everything: from classroom instruction to chaperoning field trips. It was just the two of us, working to make a difference in the lives of some very special children.
Now, almost 20 years later, Know Thyself has grown to such an extent that it would be impossible for the two of us to do it all ourselves. Instead, the Know Thyself curriculum is delivered by a long list of extremely capable teachers, counselors, social workers, paraprofessionals and artists. We are lucky that Milwaukee Public Schools is filled with so many educators who care so deeply about the social and emotional development of Milwaukee’s children.
Two of those exceptional Know Thyself instructors are profiled in our most recent newsletter. Both of them have been with us for a few years, and we consider ourselves fortunate to count them among our facilitators.
As Milwaukee and MPS work to resolve the challenges they face, let us remember the individuals who work hard to make sure Milwaukee’s children have a bright future.
Founder & Creative Director