I am a new board member and have just attended my first board meeting. I wanted to join because I believe strongly in the geographic approach to improving neighborhoods – bringing all parties together to make changes collectively. I have seen firsthand the amazing impact this approach had in Harlem with the Harlem Children’s Zone. The Lehigh Valley, and especially our cities, will benefit from this approach and I want to be a part of helping the change occur.
2. What about the Promise Neighborhoods mission and the work that the organization does in the Lehigh Valley community is most important to you?
The most important function of the work of Promise Neighborhoods is a focus on opportunities for children. Education, recreation, safety, opportunity – all are critical for children to grow into healthy productive adults. A neighborhood can provide this stability for children by supporting their parents and families. Any community will thrive if children are the main focus because when you create a great place for children to grow and learn, you create a great community for everyone.
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 can only speak for myself about commitment. But the other board members that I know have demonstrated how strongly they support improving our community through their actions. I have been focused on dynamic change and commitment to children for over 20 years. A lot has happened as a result. That said, a lot more improvements and changes need to happen before ALL children have the opportunity to thrive. It takes the entire community to make significant changes and I believe that the Promise Neighborhood model is a great way to drive those changes.