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About Pathways / Frequently Asked Questions


Pathways Milwaukee prepares low-income, first-generation youth for higher education and ultimately, future careers by providing the guidance, support, and skills needed to succeed.  


At Pathways, we envision a world in which college is an option for everyone; a world in which students grow into young adults who know their capabilities and who have a hunger and passion to pursue their dreams.

How We Do It

The guidance and support we provide is delivered through our extensive programming which includes teachings in the areas of math, English, and reading, STEM, invaluable educational and learning experiences, social and financial support, and by also working as an ally of the parents/guardians of our students. On our mission, we remain connected to a faith-based approach in our mentoring which gives our students strong roots to with which to ground themselves.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get my child involved in the program?

Please contact your school or view partner schools below to see if Pathways Milwaukee is available at your school. You can also contact Milton Cockroft at or 414-379-9311.


What are the criteria for a student to participate in your program?

Students will be accepted on a case-by-case basis utilizing the criteria below:

    • First-generation college student
    • Low-Income status
    • Minimum “C” average
    • Minimal behavior issues in school


How do we recruit your students?

5th grade students from the targeted elementary schools will be identified and selected by the principal and teachers based on set criteria along with having potential to succeed if provided with the right opportunity, structure, support, mentoring and resources. Once families are identified, they will be required to attend a mandatory meeting to learn more about Pathways Milwaukee. Meetings are held each year in the spring.


How much does it cost to be in the program?

Our program is free of cost for all students selected. We simply ask that families serve as advocates for Pathways Milwaukee within the community to spread greater awareness of the impact Pathways is having on its participants.


How often do the parents meet?

Parents of 6th, 7th & 8th grade students meet monthly on the same Saturdays that the middle students meet. Parents of our high school students meet quarterly.  See the calendar for specific dates, times and locations.


What schools participate in your program?

There are currently 23 partner schools:

  • Atonement Lutheran
  • Christ-St. Peter Lutheran
  • Garden Homes Lutheran
  • Hope Prima
  • Hope Fortis
  • Longfellow Elementary
  • Messmer Prep
  • Messmer St. Rose
  • Milwaukee College Prep – 36th Street
  • Milwaukee College Prep – 38th Street
  • Milwaukee College Prep – Lloyd Street
  • Milwaukee College Prep – North
  • Mitchell Elementary
  • Mt. Lebanon
  • O.W. Holmes
  • Prince of Peace
  • Risen Savior Lutheran
  • Sherman Park Lutheran
  • Siloah Lutheran
  • St. Anthony’s
  • St. Adalbert
  • St. Marcus Lutheran
  • St. Philip’s Lutheran


What is the expectation of a Partner School?

Partner schools are expected to maintain communication with Pathways staff, be aware of important dates for participating Pathways students, facilitate enrollment meetings for new student cohorts in the spring, and send current student report cards at the end of each quarter.


How can I volunteer to help Pathways?

We are always looking for volunteers to mentor, tutor and help us lead engaging workshops for both our middle school and high school students. If you have any other special skills that you believe could benefit our students or program, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach out to Milton Cockroft at


What type of volunteers do you need?

We can use all types of volunteers; many of our past volunteers have been retired educators, office administrators, current college students, and professionals that share a desire to see Milwaukee’s youth succeed.


How can I donate to Pathways?

We appreciate any level of support that you are willing to provide. Those who are interested in donating can donate online via the website or via mail at

Pathways Milwaukee

500 West Silver Spring Drive

Suite 200

Glendale, WI 53217

You may also speak directly to Milton Cockroft at 414-379-9311.


Does Pathways accept bequests and planned gifts?

Yes, please contact Milton Cockroft at or 414-379-9311.


Can I make a gift in stock to Pathways?

Yes, please contact Milton Cockroft at or 414-379-9311.


Can pathways accept matching gifts from my company?

Yes, please contact Milton Cockroft at or 414-379-9311.


Can I donate to Pathways through this website?

Yes! Please click here.


How is Pathways funded?

Pathways is funded by private donors, grants, foundations, fundraising events, corporations, small businesses, and institutional partnerships.


Does my child have to go to a specific school after they graduate from high school?

No. We encourage students to apply to colleges and universities that will provide the best fit for the students’ interests, preferences, and goals (academically, socially and financially).


How often do the students meet?

All students will attend a monthly Saturday meeting during the academic year. Middle school students will meet once a week after school at Cardinal Stritch University, and participate in a three-week summer academy. High school students must do 12 hours of study time at a designated college preparatory center each month, along with attending a three-week summer academy in July.


Where is Pathways located?

The Pathways Milwaukee office is at:

500 West Silver Spring Drive

Suite 200

Glendale, WI 53217


What time are Pathway programs held?

Pathways Saturday Workshops are held from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

After-school activities for middle school students run 3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

The Summer Academy for middle school students is 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (M-F) and 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (M-F) for high school students.


Do you provide transportation?

Yes, middle school students are picked up by our private passenger vans for weekly sessions. We provide middle school and high school students transportation on Saturdays.


Is Pathways a school?

No, we are an educational non-profit organization located in Milwaukee, WI.