A successful non-profit community organization based in downtown Allentown is planning to bring its program to Easton and wants the public’s input on where it should be located within the city. To get that feedback it will be holding a series of four public meetings later this month.
The regional Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley established its first neighborhood in the Old Allentown Historic District in the city’s downtown seven years ago. The success of Allentown Promise Neighborhood has lead the organization to expand its model to the valley’s other two cities in the coming years.
Easton Promise Neighborhood Manager Ammar Sharif has compiled data about residents in the city’s four neighborhoods. This data will be presented to the public at four public Town Hall meetings, one in each neighborhood, to include the citizens of Easton in the discussion that will help determine the best place to create an Easton Promise Neighborhood.
Meetings will take place at:
Easton Area Community Center
901 Washington Street
September 16 from 7-8:30 pm
YMCA of Easton, Phillipsburg and Vicinity
1225 W. Lafayette St.
September 22 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Cheston Elementary School
723 Coal Street
September 24 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Nurture Nature Center
516 Northampton Street
September 27 from 11 am – 12:30 pm
Light food and beverages will be provided to attendees, and giveaway items will also be handed out.
Inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone, the U.S. Department of Education’s federal Promise Neighborhoods program is an initiative designed to break the cycle of generational poverty by wrapping children in a pipeline of health, social, and educational supports from birth through college. It utilizes efforts to mobilize residents, community partners, educational institutions, and business leaders to ensure the success of children from birth to career so they will thrive, succeed in school and become vital members in the community.
About Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley
Founded in 2007, Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley unites residents and leaders from various sectors to ensure the success of children from birth through career. Promise Neighborhoods, a subsidiary of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, accomplishes its work through place-based, collective impact efforts, like Allentown Promise Neighborhood. Its office is located at 347 N. 8th Street in Downtown Allentown. For more information, visit www.PromiseNeighborhoodsLV.org.