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BPN Staff draws winners’ names for Pembroke block party prizes

Our Bethlehem Promise Neighborhood (BPN) team is picking the raffle prize winners from last month’s Marvine-Pembroke Block Party.

If you attended that event, then you need to attend this coming Thursday night’s Resident Dinner at The Northeast Ministry to find out if you are among the winners!

See you on 8/25 at 5:30 pm. Free event!

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Meet the BPN Resident Liaisons – Brandon Morales

Brandon1. How long have you lived in the BPN? What do you like most about living here?

2 years. It’s so peaceful and quiet compared to New York!

 

2. What made you want to get move involved in your neighborhood?

My family

 

3. Why do you feel that you are a good candidate to represent BPN? What qualities or abilities do you possess for this role?

I’m a well spoken person and I’m down to Earth at the same time.

 

4. What are you most looking forward to in your role as a Resident Liaison?

I’m looking forward to giving back and helping our community.

 

5. What do you think of BPN and what it does for our community?

It helps us get a better understanding about what’s wrong, and what’s right, with our community.

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Former EPN Resident Liaison Desiree Orta Quinones learns English with Project of Easton ESL classes

Where do you originally hail from?
I’m from Canovanas, Puerto Rico

What prompted you to want to improve your English reading, writing and speaking? Why was it important?
When I arrived in PA, my priority was to study English in order to get a job.

What were the Project of Easton classes like? How were you taught English?
Project of Easton offered the “English as a Second Language” classes that helped me get established in PA. It gave me the opportunity to study English, find the job with PNLV, and to make good friends.

How have you seen your English improve?
I was able to improve my English thanks to the Project of Easton ESL classes. Practicing with residents while carrying out the EPN survey and with my coworkers in Easton was especially helpful. For example, I was an interpreter between EPN Manager Ammar and a Hispanic person and he congratulated me because I was able to help with the interpretation. Project also invited me to volunteer activities so that I could help Hispanic people.

When the program ended how are you continuing to work on improving your English and communication with English speakers?
When I finished the ESL program, I continued to meet with a conversational English group so that I could continue to improve.

How do you think being fluent in English can affect your future and career?
English is a very important tool in my professional career because I can excel in the field that I studied.

What advice do you have for other Spanish speakers who might be considering learning English?
I would advise everyone that arrives in the U.S. and has difficulty with the English language not to give up because of a language that they don’t speak. Instead, find an ESL program and take every English class they offer because it is never too late to learn.

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Meet the BPN Resident Liaisons – Yessenia Serrano

IMG_26911. How long have you lived in the BPN? What do you like most about living here?

I have lived in BPN more than 20 years. I love the neighborhood and the resources available to us.

2. What made you want to get move involved in your neighborhood?

I wanted to help my neighbors find the resources that they need to lead better lives.

3. Why do you feel that you are a good candidate to represent BPN? What qualities or abilities do you possess for this role?

Because I am familiar with the neighborhood and I want to make a difference in my community.

4. What are you most looking forward to in your role as a Resident Liaison?

Making a difference and helping others in the best way I can.

5. What do you think of BPN and what it does for our community?

I think it’s an excellent organization. It helps people connect to he right resources.

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BPN Resident Liaison Training

We had a great time training the new Bethlehem Promise Neighborhood Resident Liaisons this morning as they prepare to enter the community later this month to begin our first BPN Resident Survey.

 

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Meet our Resident Liaison, Yamiris

Yamiris - Resident Liaison1) How long have you lived in the APN? What do you like most about living here?

I’ve been here all my life. I was born in Allentown. What I like most about living here is that the community is good.

2) What made you want to get more involved in your neighborhood?

I like what Allentown Promise Neighborhood does and I think it will help a lot in the community.

3) Why do you feel that you are a good candidate to represent APN? What qualities or abilities do you possess for this role?

I’m a good leader and  am very social with people and kids.

4) What are you most looking forward to in your role as a member of the APN Community Engagement Team?

Becoming a better person.

5) What do you think of APN and what it does for our community?

I think it’s a great place for people to come if they need help. And I think it’s a great thing for the community.

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Meet our Resident Liaison, Banessa

Banessa1) How long have you lived in the APN? What do you like most about living here?

I have been an Allentown resident for approximately six years. What I enjoy most about living in Allentown is its suburban communities. Before moving to Allentown, I was a New York resident and it was very noisy and it lacked communal atmosphere. A lot of parts of Allentown still have strong communal energy.

2) What made you want to get more involved in your neighborhood?

I have always wanted to get involved in my neighborhood; I think that I just didn’t have the right resources or know the right information to get started. Now that I work with Allentown Promise Neighborhood I have motivation and more goals to reach and complete, and that is very exciting to me.

3) Why do you feel that you are a good candidate to represent APN? What qualities or abilities do you possess for this role?

I feel that I am a good candidate to represent APN because I am very professional and have leader qualities. I am able to work effectively in a team and get the job done. I have taken a public speaking course and feel that I am a very good speaker. In addition, I am very compassionate and I know that this is critical when speaking to APN residents.

4) What are you most looking forward to in your role as a member of the APN Community Engagement Team?

I am looking forward to seeing change and more community involvement in our residents. Our goal is to bring information and services to our community and I am looking forward to see great impact in doing so.

5) What do you think of APN and what it does for our community?

I think that the work that APN does is phenomenal. I take great pride in working with this team because the services it offers to its residents are very beautiful.

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Meet our Resident Liaison, Gelmar

Gelmar1) As a non-resident, what made you want to get more involved in the APN neighborhood?
I think everyone should foster a community to continue progress in society.

2) Why do you feel that you are a good candidate to represent APN? What qualities or abilities do you possess for this role?
A good candidate should not fear the unknown. Many are hesitant to seek roles at APN because of fear of exploring the myths surrounding inner cities.

3) What are you most looking forward to in your role as a member of the APN Community Engagement Team?
Being able to witness positive change in action.

4) What do you think is APN’s most important role in our community?
It fosters community advancement through civic engagement.

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Meet our Resident Liaison, Maricela

Maricela1) As a non-APN resident, what made you want to get more involved in this neighborhood?

I would like to see this neighborhood progress for the better.

2) Why do you feel that you are a good candidate to represent APN? 

Because I am a dedicated individual. I am also a compassionate person who likes to help and that’s what APN represents.

3) What are you most looking forward to in your role as a member of the APN Community Engagement Team?

I’m looking forward to change, with less violence and drugs.

4) What do you think of APN and what it does for our community?

I think it is a great organization that wants to bring good changes to the community.

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Meet our Resident Liaison, Miguel

Miguel1. How long have you lived in the APN? What do you like most about living here? I don’t live in the APN area, but in working for APN I’m getting to know the community and I like how APN is helping the people that live in this neighborhood.

2. What made you want to get more involved in your neighborhood? I would like to see the neighborhood get better. No more crime or drugs being sold.

3. Why do you feel that you are a good candidate to represent APN? I’m a people person and self-motivated.

4. What are you most looking forward to in your role as a member of the APN Community Engagement Team? Getting to know the different people that live in the community and doing what they need.

5. What do you think of APN and what it does for our community? I feel APN brings hope to the community.