About Bravo Waukegan

From alive to thriving, we have supported music education
in Waukegan for 10 years!

Bravo's Mission

GROWTH

To foster academic, artistic and personal growth for Waukegan public school students through music.

OPPORTUNITY

To provide the highest quality resources to children who want to play music and to faculty who want to teach it.

COMMUNITY

To build a stronger Waukegan community and empower students, using music as a connector and a common language.

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WAUKEGAN

The Community We Serve

The city of Waukegan is the largest city in Lake County with a population of 86,792 residents.

The demographics have shifted since 2000 with a significant increase in the Hispanic or Latino population, now making up 55.4% of the community. The origin of this population goes beyond Mexico to include Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Spain and countries from Central and South America.

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STUDENT CHARACTERISTICS

The Waukegan school district (CUSD) 60 has 15,872 students with the top three ethnic populations being Hispanic 78%, Black 14%, White 4%.

Other characteristics include:

  • Low Income 65%
  • English Learners 35%
  • With Disabilities 15%
  • Homeless 3%
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All students in the District are enrolled in the Illinois Free Lunch and Breakfast Program, as the vast majority of the student population household income falls within the guidelines mandated by the state for this program.

In terms of academic success, Waukegan students lag behind the state average, meaning 14.8% are ready for the next grade level compared to the state’s 34%. College readiness statistics for Waukegan are low at 18% compared to the state’s 46%. The good news is that 60% of graduating seniors enroll at colleges and universities; however, this falls behind the Illinois average of 73%.

Music Students = All students who took at least one performance-based music class while at WHS.
AP Participation Rate refers to the number of students who took advanced placement courses.
Attendance rate was measured Senior Year only.
The average GPAs includes all Senior students, graduating and non-graduating.

Sources:

  • City of Waukegan official website
  • Illinois At-A-Glance Report Card, 2018 – 2019
  • Illinois Census Data, 2018
  • WPS 60 Music Participation Data

The Bravo Waukegan Team

OUR TEAM

KAREY WALKER
Executive Director

BARBARA DOLINGER
Volunteer Coordinator

THE BOARD

GLEN ROBERTS
President

JUDY GUMMERE
Vice President

STEPHEN MILOTA
Treasurer

MARY LAMPING, PhD
Secretary

COLLEEN CHANDLER
Director

LIAM CONNELL
Director

CHRISTOPHER DADOR
Director

DONALD EISENHAUER
Director

HECTOR RASGADO, PhD
Director

PAT SIKOROVSKY
Director

BARBARA STEINSEIFER
Director

ADVISORS

EDGAR CASTELLANOS

EUGENE HOTCHKISS, PhD

ASHLEY MAENTZ

MIMI MURLEY

MARY JO PAPICH

JIM STEPHENSON