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 weeks ago
GROW Racine

Today from 2-4pm! Get started today and earn your high school credential for FREE in as little as 16 weeks! Open orientation today to learn about the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin's FREE 5.09 high school equivalency diploma program and the City of Racine, On the lake's $1,500 scholarships to help you pay the bills while you go through the free program! #growracine #cityofracine ... See MoreSee Less

Today from 2-4pm! Get started today and earn your high school credential for FREE in as little as 16 weeks! Open orientation today to learn about the YWCA Southeast Wisconsins FREE 5.09 high school equivalency diploma program and the City of Racine, On the lakes $1,500 scholarships to help you pay the bills while you go through the free program! #growracine #cityofracineImage attachment
2 weeks ago
GROW Racine

Earn your high school credential in as little as 16 weeks! Next Tuesday, June 14th from 2-4pm, come to an open orientation session to learn about the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin's FREE 5.09 HSED program and the City of Racine, On the lake's $1,500 scholarships to help you pay the bills while you go through the 5.09. We'll help you get signed up right then and there! #growracine ... See MoreSee Less

Earn your high school credential in as little as 16 weeks! Next Tuesday, June 14th from 2-4pm, come to an open orientation session to learn about the YWCA Southeast Wisconsins FREE 5.09 HSED program and the City of Racine, On the lakes $1,500 scholarships to help you pay the bills while you go through the 5.09. Well help you get signed up right then and there! #growracineImage attachment
1 month ago
GROW Racine

Another GROW Racine initiative has now launched! We're now accepting applications for the City of Racine’s Youth Apprenticeship Program! Youth ages 16-24 will have the opportunity to get paid $15/hour this summer, working directly with a City of Racine professional completing hands-on projects, job shadowing, and gaining an authentic work experience.

The mission of this program is build a career experience for our youth to strengthen their professional, social, and economic growth. Our vision is to create job experiences today, which will build the employment pipelines for tomorrow and increase the diversity of Racine’s workforce.

#cityofracine #growracine #racineI'm excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the City of Racine’s Youth Apprenticeship Program! Youth ages16-24 will have the opportunity to get paid $15/hour this summer, working directly with a City of Racine professional completing hands-on projects, job shadowing, and gaining an authentic work experience.

We are offering a variety of positions in City departments including marketing/social media for the Racine Police Department, education with the Racine Public Library, Lake Michigan water testing and laboratory work with the Wastewater Utility, and more!

The mission of this program is build a career experience for our youth to strengthen their professional, social, and economic growth. Our vision is to create job experiences today, which will build the employment pipelines for tomorrow and increase the diversity of Racine’s workforce. #GrowRacine #CityofRacine #Racine

Interested youth can apply here: www.growracine.org/youth-apprenticeship/
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Another GROW Racine initiative has now launched! Were now accepting applications for the City of Racine’s Youth Apprenticeship Program! Youth ages 16-24 will have the opportunity to get paid $15/hour this summer, working directly with a City of Racine professional completing hands-on projects, job shadowing, and gaining an authentic work experience.

The mission of this program is build a career experience for our youth to strengthen their professional, social, and economic growth. Our vision is to create job experiences today, which will build the employment pipelines for tomorrow and increase the diversity of Racine’s workforce.

#cityofracine #growracine #racine
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