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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4 days ago
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Today, we got to celebrate and remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a heartfelt wreath laying ceremony hosted by Heritage Committee of Racine, WI. Julian Thomas Elementary School students presented their drawings and completed the wreath laying along with Mayor Cory Mason giving a few remarks on the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King's work! #BlackHistoryMonth #itstartswithme ... See MoreSee Less

Today, we got to celebrate and remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a heartfelt wreath laying ceremony hosted by Heritage Committee of Racine, WI. Julian Thomas Elementary School students presented their drawings and completed the wreath laying along with Mayor Cory Mason giving a few remarks on the importance of Dr. Martin Luther Kings work! #BlackHistoryMonth #ItStartsWithMeImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment
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Today marks the first day of Black History Month! GROW Racine is proud to be honoring the past and embracing the future! Stay tuned for more exciting things to come! 😁✊🏽 #BlackHistoryMonth ... See MoreSee Less

Today marks the first day of Black History Month! GROW Racine is proud to be honoring the past and embracing the future! Stay tuned for more exciting things to come! 😁✊🏽 #BlackHistoryMonth
7 days ago
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We are NOW accepting applications for the YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COORDINATOR POSITION!

The ideal candidate would be experienced working with youth of all ethnicities and backgrounds, recruitment, community relations and job readiness activities. We are open to different levels of degrees, depending on your experience. Please share this post with friends, family or colleagues that would help make a difference at the City of Racine!

If you have any questions, please contact Kischa Buford via email kischa.buford@cityofracine.org or text 262-276-2692.
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1 week ago
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GROW Racine acknowledges International Holocaust Remembrance Day. ... See MoreSee Less

GROW Racine acknowledges International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
3 weeks ago
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Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day from GROW Racine! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day from GROW Racine!
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