Patrick Kennelly

Patrick Kennelly
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Cohort Start Year: 2018 Project Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Education, Leadership Development, Public Policy, Public, Population and Community Health, Violence and Trauma Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), African-American/Black, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children and Families, Low-Income Communities, Urban Communities
Marquette University Center for Peacemaking

Patrick believes that the challenges faced by urban neighborhoods can be solved rather than managed. He envisions urban communities transformed from neighborhoods of last resort to destination neighborhoods for families of all incomes; communities where throughout their lives people are successful and healthy; places where businesses thrive, children play without fear, and people are proud of the housing.

Through his work and research, Patrick realized efforts to create the communities he envisions are often done in silos and lack coordination. Through his work in Milwaukee at the Marquette Center for Peacemaking, and with the Near West Side Partners, Patrick has demonstrated how anchor institutions, residents, government, and community stakeholders can form collaborations to activate distressed commercial corridors, address safety concerns, improve housing conditions, strengthen collective efficacy, and change perceptions. The results are thriving urban neighborhoods that are healthier, stronger, and more equitable.

Patrick believes leaders should address the needs of the poor and vulnerable. Through his work on youth violence reduction, homelessness, refugees, nonviolence, and community revitalization, he realized leadership requires courage to address complex and difficult problems. When resolved, problems that cause humiliation can restore and rebuild dignity and well-being.

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