Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Wichman divides his time among four medical facilities in the Greater Milwaukee area; he also provides medical care for the Milwaukee Admirals hockey team and teaches for Marquette University’s Physician Assistant training program. Outside of his busy professional life, Dr. Mark Wichman makes time to give back to the community as chairman of Operation Dream.
Founded in 2006, Operation Dream provides personalized support and mentoring to minority youth in poverty-stricken communities of Milwaukee. Geared primarily towards boys, Operation Dream aims to keep young men off the streets. Its programs operate throughout the year and offer transportation, athletic opportunities, academic support, monthly field trips, and work-skills training. Once the school year ends, Operation Dream continues, providing additional educational programs, mentoring, college tours, and recreational activities.
Operation Dream’s programs have proven effective. While nearly three out of five at-risk Milwaukee youth drop out of school, as of October 21, 2016, 100 percent of seniors involved with Operation Dream’s Operation WORK program graduated from high school after four years.