“Can it be that poverty is simply not “sexy” enough to capture the attention of the American public? Go visit an impoverished community and see what you think. See if you think the children and families there can withstand a cut in food stamps or health care or child care or preschool funding or teachers. See if you think a piecemeal program here or there will truly change the lives of children. Is the issue not “sexy” enough for you?”
Are there any bright spots? You bet there is! The Harlem Children’s Zone, of course, and Promise Neighborhoods, which take away the traditional whack-a-mole approach to ending poverty by addressing all issues at once, in a coordinated, strategic manner.
She does, however, make the point that not enough Promise Neighborhoods are funded, and those that have funding need more resources to really make a difference.
They’re planning a Promise Neighborhood to try to implement some of the techniques that have worked in other places, and to build on what they already have.
Check out the article, and those of you working in California should let us know what you think about the funding inequity discussed, as well as how you think communities like the one in San Joaquin County can most effectively make use of Promise Neighborhood organizing!
GREAT new resource from CFED (the Corporation for Enterprise Development)! They’ve put up a page specifically for Promise Neighborhoods, and are open to working with folks on how to incorporate savings and financial education into Promise Neighborhoods.
It includes the recording of a webinar we just co-hosted with them, and has all kinds of other helpful resources. Check it out!
Early childhood is an important priority this time around, so we want to make sure you’ve got the information you need!
We created a brief powerpoint with LOTS of notes (make sure you read through the notes!) on each slide that provides further guidance about priority 4! Read through and let us know in the comments if you’ve got any questions! (Click the icon below and scroll down the page.)
Promise Neighborhood applicants know that September 6 is the magic date, but don’t plan for the application process to be magical!
There will be a big rush as communities all across the country (almost 600!) file their applications, so be safe and register your group NOW to ensure smooth filing on the day of. (Also, if you’re ready early, submit early! That will certainly help ensure your application goes through.)
Already a strong, civically-engaged state with two burgeoning Promise Neighborhoods (the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, which received a planning grant last year, and the Northside Achievement Zone in Minneapolis, which did not), Minnesota is directing even more energy to important Promise Neighborhood elements.