Andre Brown has been an energetic case manager for Project RETURN the last 10 years, with more than 12 years of experience in community work and organizing. He is known for his work with ex-offenders and re-entry. He provides services such as employment assistance, housing assistance consultation, and advocacy. He is involved with community partners to help advocate for jobs and resources. He speaks as a public relations liaison in the community to a variety of groups.
Andre is the founder and president of his ministry organization, Citizens for Urban Peace (C.U.P.), an outreach organization that helps serve the Milwaukee community with needs such as justice, direct dialog/awareness, peace rallies, and more.
He is a recipient of numerous certificates and acknowledgements such as the Community Leadership Award presented to him by Citizen Action of Wisconsin in 2004. In 2007 he enrolled and was accepted into Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that develops community leaders of today for tomorrow.
These awards and experience enable him to integrate his own life experiences from incarceration to liberation, and hopefully provoke inspiration for change. Andre has worked with numerous community agencies, in particular, The Harambee Ombudsmen Project. This organization educates young men and women on the process of becoming skilled carpenters, electricians, and tradesmen. The particular program was called “The Fresh Start Program.”
Andre has an associate degree in business administration and he is currently pursuing a bachelor of science degree in the same area.
He is a creative Rap/Hip-Hop artist. By the age of 14 he was writing music and making music of his own. At the age of 19 he formed a group called “The Underworld Family.” He has produced, recorded, and performed with other local artists. He has been featured on local television stations and his music has aired on local and national radio stations. In 2010 Andre released his first solo album entitled ”Redemption” under the Rap/Hip-Hop name “Apollian the G.S.P.” Andre is currently in the process of working on his second LP, with the single “Bucktown” currently released.
Andre is a native of Milwaukee. He attended LaFollette Elementary, Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts, and Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School. His academic achievements include, but are not limited to, President of Student Counsel. Today Andre resides in Milwaukee with his 4-year-old daughter Jayden. This is only the beginning for Andre Brown, because life is full of work for the greater good.