I became a member this summer!
2. What about the Promise Neighborhoods mission and the work that the organization does in the Lehigh Valley community is most important to you?
All of it! You can’t be a part of this and not believe in it. Truly believe. Every Promise is necessary for student, family, and community success. As the Director of Student Services for the Bethlehem Area School District, a graduate of the district, and a community member of a future promise neighborhood, I know how important the mission and promises of PNLV are to the Lehigh Valley. Safe neighborhoods, affordable/stable housing, and the physical, mental, and emotional health of children and families is extremely important. Without it, life’s stressors will impact student learning and families’ ability to support learning. We can’t reach our goals of school readiness, strong 21st century skill development, and college/career readiness without a solid foundation for learning. That’s why all promises are equally important. Because the work is fairly new, the benefits will slowly take shape in each promise neighborhood. The momentum moving through the Lehigh Valley is infectious. It’s great!
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?
I’m new to the Board. I have only been a board member long enough to participate in two board meetings, but there’s no way you can miss the deep commitment that each member has for the work and for the board. I want residents to know that we truly believe in the mission and the promises of the Promise Neighborhood, and they can expect us to do what we can to make it a reality.