An Ode to Those Who Believe In Tomorrow

Look out Milwaukee, there’s a revolution a-brewin’! The youth here at Woodland Pattern are ready to make the change and be the change. We kicked off day 3 with a “BANG” and ended with a “POW”. Starting off with an improv session, the students pushed their spontaneity to the limits and came up with creative acts on the scene. The instructors couldn’t help but chuckle at the raw talent each student came with. Later in the day, the youth came up with a quote for the week to follow, ‘speak your truth’. We took a field-trip to Redline MKE, a community art studio here in Milwaukee, a created T-Shirts with our quote of the week on them. There, the students worked hard and also constructed pieces on what they felt about the conditions of living in Milwaukee. Check out this heartfelt piece written by Gabriella, a shining student here at Woodland Pattern



Hey Milwaukee, how ya doing?

You’ve been acting strange

Don’t say much but I know a lot.

People say you go off your butt,

They say you’re stubborn and crazy

And maybe a little dangerous

Why do you act this way?

Chicago ain’t doing so great

They may be facing a life sentence

For doing something they ain’t have no business doing

Don’t be influenced like that ,

Don’t be what people say or want you to be

Under Pressure.

It will take some time for this to sink in to you

But I think you can be great

You need to change and become the city we all know and love


Expressing Freedom

You heard it here first folks! That’s right, day 2 of Woodland Pattern summer camp  was a huge success! We met a few new faces, listened to many stories, and had lots of fun! The day started off with an inspiring group circle conversation. The instructor, Mr. George, told everyone to go around and use one word to describe their current mood. A large population of the students responded with “sleepy”. It was interesting to see how as time went on, the mood began to liven. The students were more excited to communicate and many of them went into depth about what they felt in their hearts. After an open discussion of what leadership should look like, students reflected on their views and transformed them into poems. Those poems played the role of affirmations of how to display leadership in the zoo trip. Oh what a zoo trip! The students and instructors both had a blast examining all the animals and writing poems on the animal’s perspective. Check out one  of the heartfelt pieces coming from Gabby, a talented student here at Woodland Pattern!



Do You See Me As I See You?

You look funny,  don’t cha know?

Coming to stare in many sizes

You change your shapes and colors and just stare

Waving like I care

Or even like that you’re there

Even though the food is nice,

I feel more like a prisoner than anything

Because if I was out of here

You would run in fear

Or be amazed at what I am

My question is to you, weird animal

Do you see me, as I see you? -Gabby



Breaking the Ice

Summer is finally here! The time is right for BBQ’s, T-shirts and ton’s of laughter. Here at Woodland Pattern MKE, things are set in motion to see all of those things fall into place. We kicked off our annual summer camp program yesterday with a class of 19, ranging from the ages of 12-17. Students from all around Milwaukee came to get familiar with poetry, community and partnership. It was interesting to see the pot simmer down as time progressed. At first, there was a certain still energy in the air emitting from the students. Each of them, not sure of what to expect from the program. As the day carried on, it was clear that there were bonds that had been made sure to last until the very end. The students participated in various activities including making homemade scrapbooks and a field trip to The Domes. We are excited to see what both the instructors and teens will take away from this week!



“Today was fun, I can’t wait to go to the zoo tomorrow. -Aliyah


“I visited the domes when I was about 5. It’s changed since then. It’s different, it’s better.”-Sonya