To address the growing need of better sharing information between residents, the neighborhood created a canvassing team that will go door to door to identify potential members and will employ robo calls.
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The Chestnut Street Model Block Project is a collaboration between non-profit organizations dedicated to economic and social justice. The organizations involved include Consolidated Social Work, Inc., the Gray Panthers, Voices of the People, and GYRL.
Our mission in this collaborative project is to fight back against blight and deterioration in an area of Kansas City, Missouri abandoned and neglected by city, state, and national government. The 3800 block of Chestnut is typical of a blighted area with abandoned houses and vacant lots.
The 'Safe and Connected Communities' project will partner with up to six other organizations in the CCF service area to bring restorative justice and conflict resolution workshops to up to 150 residents. The project will train participants in forming and facilitating small groups that will continue the work after the initial training. A final luncheon event in October 2015 will bring together participants from all groups for a ceremony to celebrate and share their successes.
The Youth Leadership Cohort (YLC) seeks to identify high school students from Kansas City's urban core and immerse them in a leadership development curriculum. Students will be trained in the principles of community organizing, leadership, policy and civic engagement. The goal of the program is to help students understand the importance of active citizenship while equipping them with the necessary tools to engage their local communities and schools to address systemic change issues.
This is a multi-faceted lawn-care program that improves the neighborhood appearance, promotes physical activity, and instructs and mentors youth in operating a small business.