the lussier loft afterschool program operates out of The Goodman Community Center providing the crucial programming, facilities, and resources needed in order to counteract gaps in opportunity observed when comparing Dane County’s African American middle and high school students to their white youth counterparts.
Life at Lussier Loft was made possible by the help and partnerships of many organizations and individuals within Dane County. This project is a production of University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Legal Studies Center for Law, Society & Justice and its content is hosted thanks to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Social Sciences Computing Cooperative. I would like to thank the people and organizations which were kind enough to spend the time and effort needed for this project to become a reality.
- Dr. Nancy Buenger: Mentor Professor at the Center for Law, Society & Justice (CLSJ)
- Eric Hartwig
- Luke Bassuener
- Arthur Morgan
- Julian Holt
- Caitlin Tefft
- Ryan Horrisberger
And a special thank you to all the participants of the Lussier Loft Afterschool Program for all the great memories I have had with all of you over the past two years.
life at the loft
The Lussier Loft Afterschool Program operates out of The Goodman Community Center providing the crucial programming, facilities, and resources needed in order to counteract gaps in opportunity observed when comparing Dane County’s African American middle and high school students to their white youth counterparts. The Lussier Loft offers a state of the art facility for young adults to participate in a wide range of structured academic and asset-building programming specifically aimed at addressing the high racial disparities found in Dane County between African American youth and white youth. According to Race to Equity, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families’ report on the state of racial disparities in Dane County, African American youth are not only comparatively disadvantaged compared to their white peers within the county, but they also have less opportunity and fare less well than African Americans elsewhere in the state and even the nation. The racial disparities in Dane County run deep and can be seen in a multitude of areas including academic achievement, juvenile incarceration rates, and poverty levels. By shaping their programming and facilities towards academic, recreational, and social learning purposes, the Loft aims to help bridge disproportionate gaps in opportunity that Dane’s socioeconomically disadvantaged African American children face.