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!
✅ Know anyone in Racine looking for a job? Tell them about this event!
✅Know anyone looking for resources? Tell 'em about this event! ✅Know anyone who wants to learn more about City services & programs? Tell them about this event!

Bring your kids and come learn about all the ways Racine is bouncing back. See you at Festival Hall tonight!
#GROWRacine #cityofracine
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2 months ago
GROW Racine

Outreach staff from Mayor Cory Mason's office will be at Party on the Pavement tomorrow. Stop by to learn about the City's #GROWRacine programs including the City of Racine Financial Empowerment Center and scholarships to help residents get their high school credentials and start careers in the construction and building trades. Our table will be on Main Street, near the 3rd Street intersection. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago
GROW Racine

#GROWRacine is all about helping City of Racine residents achieve their goals. We've definitely all got money goals! The City of Racine Financial Empowerment Center is here to help you achieve all of your financial goals. The #RacineFEC offers professional, confidential, financial coaching as an official City service, so you know it's safe, local, and trustworthy. Get started today! www.racinefec.org or 262-200-0831. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago
GROW Racine

Woot! Huge successes for clients of the City of Racine Financial Empowerment Center! Imagine what it would feel like to wipe out debts! Congratulations to the City residents who are working hard with the #RacineFEC to achieve these great results. If you know other City residents stressed out and overwhelmed by debts and debt collectors, send 'em to the Racine FEC for FREE, professional, confidential, personalized help! www.racinefec.org/make-an-appointment/ #GROWRacine ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago
GROW Racine

Tomorrow! Stop by the Racine Public Library's 125th Anniversary Block Party and learn more about the City of Racine, On the lake's #growracine initiatives. We'll be tabling at this fun event all day! Stop by to chat, pick up information, and learn more about all the ways the City of Racine is investing in our residents' futures! ... See MoreSee Less

Tomorrow! Stop by the Racine Public Librarys 125th Anniversary Block Party and learn more about the City of Racine, On the lakes #growracine initiatives. Well be tabling at this fun event all day! Stop by to chat, pick up information, and learn more about all the ways the City of Racine is investing in our residents futures!
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