Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee Inc

aka BEAM   |   Milwaukee, WI   |  http://www.beammilwaukee.org/

Mission

Our Mission    BEAM - educating students to succeed and prosper as productive, accountable citizens   The mission of the Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee is educating students to acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to achieve academically, as well as participate and succeed in a growing and changing economy by building their own human capital.     BEAM's Academics and Programs are centered around this Mission.     Our Vision   BEAM will become the leader for financial and economic education for families in our community.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Alisha Birtha

Co Principal Officer

Alisha Birtha

Main address

3620 N 18TH St

Milwaukee, WI 53206 USA

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Formerly known as

Milwaukee Urban League Academy of Business and Economics

EIN

31-1713250

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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School Nurse Services

The Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM) serves 615 predominately minority students, with approximately 98 percent of the population being eligible for free or reduced lunch. 
 

 

According to Children’s Hospital and Health System (CHHS), there is a strong relationship between health status, school attendance, and academic achievement of children and youth.  As we examine the socioeconomic status of the student population at BEAM, healthcare is a critical issue.  Therefore, nursing services are imperative for the success of our students. 
 

 

In the last two school years, the school has had up to 33 students on the Life Threatening Alerts list compiled by school nurses from CHHS.  The students on past lists have had conditions such as food allergies that can result in anaphylactic shock and the need for the administration of an epinephrine pen, asthma that requires the use of inhalers and nebulizer machines, allergies to medicines, and students with polycystic kidney disease and/ or a missing kidney. BEAM has also previously served a type 1 diabetic student who needed to have insulin injections administered during the school day. 
 

 

 In addition to managing the health needs of these students, previous school nurses have provided 16 classes covering health, wellness, personal development, dental health and safety. These classes were made available to all classrooms, and were designed to be grade level appropriate. Past school nurses also provided much needed hearing and vision screenings to the BEAM student population, and have arranged dental clinics that provided school wide dental cleaning and sealant services. Their service also included identifying infestations on children, such as lice, and scabies, and identifying bed bug bites and MRSA Staph infections.   
 

 

Given the poverty levels experienced by a large population of BEAM students, many may not receive the health screenings, health and safety education, dental services, chronic disease management, or timely condition/illness identification they need and deserve, if BEAM is not able to provide them with school nursing services.   Considering that a number of students have life threatening conditions, it is imperative that a medical professional be on site in case of student medical emergencies.  BEAM instructional, administrative, and support staff are not equipped to address such emergencies. Being forced to wait for outside medical assistance could potentially result in avoidable damage or loss of one or more student lives.  Given the great need of a school nurse for the BEAM student population, BEAM is in need of an onsite nurse that can be present five days a week, for a minimum of four hours per day.
 

 

For 160 school days, school nursing services would cost $25,600, or $160 per day.

Population(s) Served

There is a need in the state of Wisconsin and our direct community to rapidly close the achievement gap that exists between economically disadvantaged students and those that are not economically disadvantaged. A survey of BEAM's parents indicate that most families want to talk with, monitor, encourage, and guide their children as students, but many say they need more information about how to help their children at home.Studies show that certain parent involvement practices improve student achievement, attitudes, homework, report card grades, and aspirations. The Reading Zone will provide families with an opportunity for additional support in the area of literacy. The administrative staff will ensure a learning environment that fosters a strong sense of mission and professionalism directly linked to high standards of academic achievement and character development. To increase student participation, parents will be informed of the benefits that literacy games have on students' academic achievement. This communication will include results from the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments in Reading from Winter 2013, as compared to Spring 2013: data showing the percentage of students whose test scores increased after participating in the literacy activity games.

The program needs funds to purchase games appropriate to different grade levels that faciliate student and parent participation in learning to read.

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Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/6/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Linda Robinson-Prodoehl

No Affiliation

Term: June 2012 - June 2013


Board co-chair

ReDonna Rodgers

Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Term: June 2012 - June 2013

ReDonna Rodgers Board Vice President

Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Mark Schug Board Secretary

No Affiliation

Scott Niederjohn Board Treasurer

Lakeland College

Antoinette Davis Director

Children Service Society of Wisconsin

Michelle Ellner Director, Co-Chair of Marketing Committee

Montage Talent

Lorrie Gustin Director, Co-Chair of Public Relations Committee

No Affiliation

Camesa Wilder Director

No Affiliation

Robert Wynn Director

Asset Builders of America

Linda Robinson-Prodoehl Board President

No Affiliation