September 14, 2017
Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
The 53206 zip code in Milwaukee is the most incarcerated zip code in the US, with 62% of adult males having spent time in prison.
These statistics are shocking, sad, and hit extremely close to home. However, hearing the story first-hand of the individuals and families affected by incarceration is even more powerful.
Though still a young man, Chad S. A. Wilson spent 15 years of his life in and out of the criminal justice system. During his time in prison, Chad autonomously educated himself in a myriad of subjects, and worked closely with the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative.
Resilience has played a major role in Chad’s life, allowing him to stay focused on continually improving all areas of his life, fatherhood being the most important to him.
However, this journey has been difficult for Chad, who faces significant barriers in trying to find steady employment with a record and in enriching his relationship with his family.
After enrolling in the employment program at the Milwaukee Urban League, Chad found a position as a Loaned Executive, sponsored by MillerCoors, with United Way for the 2017 campaign. After meeting him soon after he started working in August, we were eager to sit down with Chad to hear his story of experiencing incarceration, and what life is like now.
Learn more about Milwaukee Urban League, a United Way program partner dedicated to helping all members of the community be productive and successful.
Chad is currently a member of the Live Free Speakers Bureau, a certified facilitator of the Nurturing Fathers Program and Designer and Owner of Resilient Garments. Follow Chad’s continuing work as a community advocate on his website.
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If you enjoyed this interview, check out our past podcast covering Milwaukee’s jobs gap.