About GROW Racine

Mayor Mason’s administration has made tackling longstanding disparities and inequities a priority. The City has spent the last 2.5 years building partnerships and growing programs that will help address disparities in our residents’ educational attainment, access to careers in the trades, financial stability, homeownership, and home enhancement and repair.

 Thanks to funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the City has seized a once-in-a-generation opportunity to dramatically scale these programs and catalyze these investments in our residents and our community.

 GROW Racine is the City’s way of saying directly to our residents: we believe in you, we believe you are worthy, and we believe in you and your family’s future. The GROW Racine effort is managed by the City’s Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Community Partnerships, Vicky Selkowe.

GROW Racine consists of the following major initiatives

Helping Adult City Residents Earn Their High School Degree

In the City of Racine, we want our residents to know that, whatever happened in the past does not have to prevent them from succeeding in the future. We’ve partnered with the YWCA SEW to invest in their highly successful 5.09 High School Equivalency Degree (HSED) program. And, for a limited time, we’re offering City of Racine HSED scholarships to help support City adults who enroll in and graduate from the 5.09!

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Start a Career in the Trades

The building & construction trades provide great career paths, with family-supporting jobs and upward mobility. The City of Racine wants to help ensure that our residents have access to education, training, and supportive placements to explore and launch careers in the trades. The City is proud to partner with WRTP/Big Step and the Racine Family YMCA to help our residents complete pre-apprenticeship training and education. And, for a limited time, the City is offering Pre-Apprenticeship Scholarships to  help support residents who enroll in and complete these partners’ programs.

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Become Financially Empowered

When it comes to money and finances, we all could use some coaching. That’s why the City of Racine launched the Racine Financial Empowerment Center (FEC). In partnership with Housing Resources, Inc., the Racine FEC offers all City of Racine residents professional, confidential, 1:1, financial counseling for FREE. Whether you want to improve your credit score, build up your savings, tackle your bills and debts, learn how to budget, get connected to resources to help meet your needs, or access safe & affordable banking products, the Racine FEC’s certified financial counselors can help you with any or all of that, and more!

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Become a Homeowner

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Repair & Enhance Your Home

The City of Racine believes everyone deserves a safe and habitable place to live, and we want to support homeowners in investing in their homes. We’ve created new programs to help homeowners fix up and re-invest in their homes.

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2 days ago

The City of Racine Day of the Juneteenth Celebration Week was a success! Thank you, Shayla and SaMya for educating City of Racine residents on the free resources available to them! And another thank you to all City departments for being a part of the amazing day! 😊

Make sure to pay a visit to us at the Dr. John Bryant Center on Saturday at the 49th Annual Juneteenth Celebration! Learn more about GROW Racine's resources here: www.growracine.org
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The City of Racine Day of the Juneteenth Celebration Week was a success! Thank you, Shayla and SaMya for educating City of Racine residents on the free resources available to them! And another thank you to all City departments for being a part of the amazing day! 😊

Make sure to pay a visit to us at the Dr. John Bryant Center on Saturday at the 49th Annual Juneteenth Celebration! Learn more about GROW Racines resources here: www.growracine.org
2 days ago

Come join us as we celebrate Juneteenth with the upcoming Juneteenth parade and celebration this Saturday! ✊🏼❤️💚💛Join us for Racine’s Juneteenth parade and celebration this Saturday, June 15! The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at 4th and Main, and concludes at the Dr. John Bryant Community Center for a celebration that lasts until 8 p.m. with basketball games, kids activities, food and more.

(Photo credits: Racine Video Production Workshop)
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Come join us as we celebrate Juneteenth with the upcoming Juneteenth parade and celebration this Saturday! ✊🏼❤️💚💛
3 days ago

Today! Come learn more about GROW Racine and enter to win a chance at a raffle basket 😉One week from today! 📣

Join us for City of Racine Day as part of the City of Racine Juneteenth Celebration! 🎊

2PM-5PM at the Dr. John Bryant Community Center!

Resource fair and raffle basket giveaways in the gym, and playground games/activities outside! 🤩

Can’t wait to see you there!
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Today! Come learn more about GROW Racine and enter to win a chance at a raffle basket 😉
2 weeks ago

To celebrate Juneteenth, come on down to all the wonderful events that will be starting soon! ❤️💚💛We are on the doorstep of June/Juneteenth! ☀️🎉

Come join us in celebration over the next couple weeks starting tomorrow! 😁

City of Racine Juneteenth Celebration
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To celebrate Juneteenth, come on down to all the wonderful events that will be starting soon! ❤️💚💛
3 weeks ago

Thank you to all the fallen soldiers for your service.We gathered on Memorial Day to honor members of the military who died in service to our country. Thank you to all who participated in the Memorial Day parade and the ceremony that followed. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to all the fallen soldiers for your service.
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