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Nehemiah Community Development Corporation
Last updated on September 10, 2015


Nehemiah - Center for Urban Leadership Development:
"Transforming the Face of Leadership"

We serve the under-resourced population of the greater Madison area, with a primary focus on at-risk African American families. Nehemiah addresses the needs of the entire family by focusing on spiritual issues, economic needs and academic success. We inspire transformation by building meaningful relationships, providing coaching and mentoring, creating peer support groups and offering mediation and advocacy. In order to interrupt the cycle of poverty, racism, and discrimination that many families face, we concentrate on prevention, early intervention, education and restoration. We also collaborate with established leaders in our community and develop emerging urban leaders to transform our powerful vision into meaningful reality.

Nehemiah - Center for Urban Leadership Development
Empowerment Programs:

ACE (Academic Center for Excellence), a faith-based leadership development program designed to serve elementary school youth. We focus on the individual child's academic strengths, promoting healthy self-awareness while embracing positive cultural identity. ACE promotes parental involvement in the schools and creates a diverse presence of family participants and volunteers. Aspiring to be a bridge of support from the community to the schools, the ACE establishes ongoing communication during the academic school-year and provides summer enrichment programs. For more information contact:

LIGHT (Learning Is our Greatest Hope for Tomorrow) is for all high school youth, especially those who are at risk for academic failure and those who may need additional support and services to be successful and reach their full potential in life. A conscientious effort is made to target African-American youth. The fundamental goals of LIGHT are to accomplish academic enrichment, leadership development, motivation, and empowerment. LIGHT also provides support and resources including help in setting and accomplishing goals.
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The Madison Allied Community Gospel Choir (MACGC) is committed to strengthening and uplifting the Allied Dunn's Marsh neighborhood of Madison, WI. The MACGC is a volunteer, non-auditioned, multi-racial and multicultural choir which renders musical performances primarily consisting of traditional and contemporary gospel sounds. Through song, dance, drama, and oral presentation, the choir's mission is to spread a message of "Hope, Strength, and the Power to Overcome." For more information contact:

The Community Chaplain is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing supportive opportunities for spiritual education, awareness and growth of individuals, families, and couples. This role facilitates cohesiveness amongst residents and organizations in the Allied Dunn's Marsh Community and other surrounding neighborhoods. This program acts as a bridge between the already present service providers and the individuals with urgent needs. For more information contact:

Re-Entry and Advocacy Services exists to assist men and women returning from incarceration with pre-release and post re-integration services using evidence-based practices, with the goal to reduce recidivism. The pre-release program, Man Up!, will work with men inside some of our state institutions and the county jail, working to restore these men through weekly training courses in the areas of transformational leadership development, anger management, conflict resolution, personal motivation and life coaching.
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Community Engagement
Nehemiah offers resources for the greater community. Our experience in cross-cultural community development makes us uniquely equipped to provide expertise and the wisdom of experience for multiple disciplines, organizations, and individuals. We currently facilitate gatherings of community leaders, courses on cross-cultural competency, and topic-based community forums. For more information contact:

Internship Programs
We offer summer and year-long internships focused on urban leadership development. Participants experience powerful transformation through the combination of getting hands-on work experience, being mentored, and taking part in a training program. We also have coaching-based internships for temporary workers who come to us through various government agencies. We help them explore their passions and develop their skills as they prepare for more permanent work opportunities in the community.
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The history of the Nehemiah Corporation is rooted in the commitment of individuals to their local community. The non-profit agency was formed in 1992 through the initiatives of a small group of South Madison residents, most of whom are African American alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The individuals--representing disciplines as diverse as education, economics, health science, African American studies, business administration, African literature and social work--decided to stay in Madison and use their talents to enrich the city's quality of life.

Rev. Dr. Alexander Gee, Jr. is the president and founder of the organization. As the pastor of Fountain of Life Family Worship Center in South Madison, Reverend Gee originally approached several other area churches with the concept of a jointly funded community development corporation. This core group of churches formed the initial partnership that brought resources and volunteers to the Nehemiah Corporation.

The fledgling organization received a vote of confidence from the Madison Community Foundation, which provided a $25,000 grant to fund the planning phase and additional grants for Nehemiah. Business advisors, who serve on a volunteer basis, were recruited to provide guidance and expertise.
The Madison Community Foundation has cited Nehemiah as a good example of "venture funding"--an investment in the community that, like an initial public stock offering, offers significant potential long-term rewards. While it may take some time for these rewards to be realized, such investments, the Madison Community Foundation observes, "are often what propels a community forward in the greatest leaps and bounds."

Based on their own experience, the founders of The Nehemiah Corporation now build indigenous leadership for the future of Madison. Children and youth who participate in Nehemiah's programs are taught about Madison's assets and encouraged to visualize their role in Madison's future. For example, young children in the summer and after-school programs take field trips to business in South Madison, where they gain an early appreciation for economic self-reliance and its importance to healthy communities.

You are welcome to join in the work of The Nehemiah Corporation as a program participant, supporter or volunteer.

Contact people:

 Rich Henderson, Dir Of Operations & Development, (phone), (email)
Hannah Zeman, Program Coordinator, (phone), (email)

Office fax number: 608-257-1515


 633 West Badger Road
Madison, WI 53713
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 As you head south on South Park Street, take a left on West Badger Road. Nehemiah is then half a block up on your right. If you are heading north or approaching from the beltline, take the Park Street exit and then take a right onto West Badger Road. Nehemiah is half a block up on your right.
  Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: N/A,
  Walk distance (in minutes): N/A
  Nearest Bus Stop: South Transfer Point, 5 minutes minute walk
Last updated on September 10, 2015

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