I became interested in the work of Promise Neighborhoods after hearing Geoffrey Canada speak at a community event held in the Lehigh Valley some years ago. I had long been an ardent admirer of his work,, outcomes and in particular the leadership he embodied to effectuate change and bring transformation to Harlem’s then fledgling educational system. When the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley boldly decided to establish the Allentown Promise Neighborhood in the same community that my family lived and our church was located I was asked to participate. In January 2015 when Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley became an independent 501 (c) 3 organization I began my tenure as a member of the board of directors.
2. What about the Promise Neighborhoods mission and the work that the organization does in the Lehigh Valley community is most important to you?
What’s most important to me about the work that PNLV does is the commitment to see every child and family have equitable access to community resources and educational opportunities that position them to prosper and in turn help our respective communities thrive.
3. What is the one thing that you want residents of our region’s three Promise Neighborhoods to know about the organization’s volunteer Board of Directors and its commitment to its mission?
That the PNLV board is comprised of persons diverse in race, culture, gender and thought which provides an opportunity to approach the work in a manner that better reflects the diversity and various complexities of the neighborhoods and communities served.