Madison Apprenticeship Program (MAP) Kick Off Walk Sept 15th

Madison, Wis. ¬— MAP Power of One campaign launches and has the support of
Kathleen Falk for a
September 15, 2007 Kick Off event.  Funding will allow
MAP, a non-profit organization to support the Madison community through
providing free education, life skills and guidance to assist individuals
with turning their potentials into credentials.

The Walk
When:  Saturday,
September 15, 2007
Special Note:  Kathleen Falk Guest Walker & Supporter
Where:  Belmar Park (Corner of Jenewin and Allied Drive, Near the Boys &
Girls Club
Time:  Registration at 8:30am / Walk at 9:00am
Cost:  No cost to register, donations accepted.  For $100.00 donation and
above the walker will receive a T-shirt to remember the walk.  All donations
are tax deductible.
Why:  Help make a difference to the community – it takes as little as $1.00
per person to change to the lives of those in needs.
What:  Walk 3k

Funding for the Power of One campaign comes from local volunteers and
contributors in Madison.  Event and Campaign sponsors include The Employer
Group and AMCORE Bank.

“We are excited to launch the campaign to help drive awareness and support
to those in need in Madison, said MAP’s Founder Diana Shinall on the
announcement of the Power of One campaign, “with our assistance people of
ALL AGES can receive the support, education and learn the skills to help
advance and become productive citizens that may not have had the opportunity
without our support.”  

MAP highlights for coverage include:
•    Kathleen Faulk is a key supporter of MAP and will be present at the
Walk portion of the festivities.
•     “Diana says it is a nontraditional program producing traditional
results. I am not so sure of that. Traditionally, folks from this sort of
background continue in the cycle. This program is breaking the
cycle…providing a new direction…creating a new tradition for these
folks.”
•    Secret gem of Madison – relatively unknown non-profit organization
that is providing large impact to the Madison Community and is currently
looking for support to continue these efforts.
•    Power of One campaign is a three month push to raise $300,000 in
funds for 2008 efforts – one person can make a major difference, help us
today!
•    Real Stories:  Diana Shinall connects participants to other programs
to take them to the next step. The last class of fourteen, eight are
enrolled in a GED program at a local tech college, and will be graduating
from that in a few weeks. Two are in the welding apprenticeship program. One
will be completing his brick laying apprenticeship. One is in a steam
fitting apprenticeship program. One is working in a local restaurant, and
one is working at a local casino. Twelve weeks ago, these fourteen people
had no hope. They did not have jobs. Diana has changed their lives, through
simply caring about them. She has 18 more scheduled to start her program on
May 21, 2007.
•    The Madison School District spends roughly $13,000 per year per
student. Yet, despite that expenditure, some folks, like these 14 graduates,
fall through the cracks. For a fraction of that cost, Diana Shinall has been
able to run this program and CHANGE LIVES. The funds will be used to support
continued operation of the program.  The students enter into the program at
no cost and receive al supplies and materials, child care as well as
nutritious meals for every session.

For more information contact Diana Shinall, (608) 239-4286,
[email protected]. To discuss further coverage opportunities contact
Jenny Christianson, (608) 576-2403,
[email protected].

About Madison Apprenticeship Program (MAP)
MAP was founded in Wisconsin in May 1999 by Diana Shinall to eradicate the
cycle of poverty by offering life skill courses to qualified candidates.  By
providing educational implements, developmental and social skills, and
business for the future, MAP not only promotes the awareness of self worth
to live in a more positive environment, but also has placed members into
higher educational programs and actual employment.  MAP relies on volunteers
and donations in order to provide the participants with the educational
program as well as on-site child care, nutritious dinners and on-going
mentoring services and referrals.