This Beloit Club Encourages Students to Cause a Little ‘Trouble’

Source: Beloit School District

By Christina Lorey

August 25, 2023
At most schools, mischief lands you a seat in after-school detention. In Tony Capozziello’s classroom, it’s the center of his after-school club.

The award-winning business teacher—who has nearly two decades of experience—is the founder of “Good Trouble Beloit,” a 501-c3 nonprofit organization that brings together students, teachers, and community members from diverse backgrounds who are interested in making Rock County a more just, equitable, and prosperous place.

Launched in January 2021, the name “Good Trouble” is a nod to the late Congressman John Lewis (quote below), a leader in the non-violent civil rights movement.

“[Rock County] is an interesting place,” Capozziello told us. “We’re more diverse than the average Wisconsin county, and we also have an incredibly stark wealth disparity. We are home to one of the richest people in North America, and yet, our poverty rate is very high.”

“I felt a strong impetus to create a space for the people in my life, including former students, fellow educators, and concerned citizens, to come together to empathize, understand, and collectively work on the issues that young people in Rock County have identified as those that negatively affect them the most: poverty, poor wages, mental health, economic advancement,” he added.

Good Trouble Beloit meets twice a month, in addition to hosting a few community events, like litter cleanups. Click here to join the Facebook group for information on where and when these events take place.

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  • Christina Lorey

    Christina is an Edward R. Murrow-winning journalist and former producer, reporter, and anchor for TV stations in Madison and Moline. When she’s not writing or asking questions, you can find her volunteering with Girls on the Run, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and various mental health organizations.

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