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First BPN Pembroke Resident Dinner is tomorrow night!

Attention Marvine/Pembroke residents – join BPN this Thursday night 8/25 at The Northeast Ministry for our first Bethlehem Promise Neighborhood Resident Dinner in your community!
This free event is open to the public and fun for the whole family, so bring the kids!

Pembroke Resident Dinner August

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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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EPN & Paxinosa School to launch West Ward Collective Impact Team

Earlier this year EPN released the results of its 2015 Neighborhood Survey of West Ward residents in Easton. That report acted as a springboard for its nonprofit community partners, school district representatives, business leaders, funders, government officials and residents to work together on addressing the many issues that families living in that community (Census tract 142) are dealing with.

Paxinosa Elementary School Community School Director Ashley Sciora met with EPN Manager Ammar Sharif to begin the conversation on how to help solve those issues.

Now a new initiative called the West Ward Collective Impact Team is being formed. Community leaders, decision makers, and key influencers in Easton have been invited to attend quarterly meetings to discuss the four key areas that have already been identified:

  • Early Learning
  • Housing/Safety
  • K-16 Education
  • Health

The first Collective Impact Team meeting will take place later this spring; date, time and location are still to be determined. After reviewing the results of the EPN report data, the group will decide what to work on first. Attending partner agencies are invited to bring their own data long to the meeting to share with the group.

Sub-groups will be created for the four focus areas so that each can tackle specific tasks. After this initial meeting a schedule for subsequent quarterly meetings will be developed.

Community members and residents are also invited and encouraged to attend. Anyone interested in joining us should contact Ammar Sharif at  610.438.4327 or ammars@nullpromiseneighborhoodslv.org.

 

 

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Get to know the PNLV Staff: Amanda Raudenbush, Allentown Promise Neighborhood Manager

Amanda head shot1. How long have you been with PNLV as the APN manager, and what brought you to this role?

I have been with PNLV as the APN manager since July 2014. I was drawn to this role since it combines two of my passions: urban planning and education. I have over 10 years of experience as an urban planner as well as a number of years as an educator at an urban high school. I recognize that the advancement of cities and residents comes from a multitude of issues being addressed simultaneously. Working at PNLV allows me the opportunity to be involved with many different issues at once and view progress holistically.

2. What is the single most important thing you have learned about the residents of downtown Allentown so far?

The residents of downtown Allentown are a fun bunch! They love to have fun at our Block Party and at our monthly resident dinners. I appreciate the patience they have shown with me when trying to teach me the finer points of a game of dominoes. I will win one day!

3. What do you think the results of last summer’s APN Neighborhood Survey have to teach us about the residents of downtown Allentown and how APN can best help them?

Through our survey, I learned that many of the assumptions that are commonly held regarding our residents are simply not true. I am proud of the work we have done to gain the trust of the residents and that they allow us, through the survey, to act as their voice at the table. I believe that true change happens when those receiving assistance are able to have a voice in what interventions are needed and what they should look like, rather than a top down approach.

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Get to know the PNLV Staff: Ammar Sharif, Easton Promise Neighborhood Manager

Ammar Headshot1. How long have you worked for PNLV and what do you do there?

I’ve worked at PNLV for a year and 12 days, but who’s counting?  I am the Easton Promise Neighborhood Manager, which up until this point has involved creating relationships with potential partners and residents in Easton, and learning all I can about the Easton community.

2. What did you find most interesting about the research you did on Easton and the quality of life of the city’s residents?

I found it all interesting and I loved wading through all of it. I especially enjoyed sharing it and getting the residents’ input, analysis, and reactions.  The most interesting piece of information didn’t come from my presentation, but instead the experience itself.  It was incredible seeing all of these residents of Easton turning out at the town hall meetings because they cared about their city. We saw residents ranging from students to senior citizens and all races who were eager to share their opinions and insights.

3. How do you think establishing an Easton Promise Neighborhood will help residents in the West Ward neighborhood?

I thin hope that establishing the Easton Promise Neighborhood in West Ward will help the neighborhood in whatever ways it most needs. The beauty of our work is it is data driven. We’re not coming in with an already-established agenda. We’re coming in with our survey based around our nine Promises to identify the needs in the community. Then we will work to address them. Identifying the needs, then connecting the service providers with those who need their services will be where we can help residents the most.

4. What’s your favorite part of the work you do for PNLV?

I’ve really enjoyed just about all the work I’ve done so far. My coworkers are great, the people we work with from other organizations are great, and I really believe in what we’re all coming together to accomplish. If I had to pick one thing, I think it would be the contact we have with the residents. I will always fondly remember Earth Day 2014 when I stood on our old office’s doorstep calling to residents to ask if they’d gotten their free potted tulip from PNLV yet.

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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, Alissa

Alissa1) How long have you lived in the APN? What do you like most about living here?
I’ve been here about six or seven years. What I like most about living here is that the community is great and what they’re doing is great.

2) What made you want to get more involved in your neighborhood?
When I found out about Allentown Promise Neighborhood and what they do I wanted to get more involved. I thought it would be a good idea to go out and help other people

3) Why do you feel that you are a good candidate to represent APN?
I’m great with other people, even kids, and I’m a good leader.

4) What are you most looking forward to in your role as a member of the APN Resident Liaisons?
To be an even better leader and become an even better person.

5) What do you think of APN and what it does for our community?
I think it’s a great place and what they’re doing is great because they’re taking time out of their day to help others, and I think that is a great thing to do.

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The APN survey continues!

We are continuing our survey of residents that live in the Allentown Promise Neighborhood.  The survey captures information about housing, healthcare, and other important information for people that live in the neighborhood. It will also allow for the opportunity for residents to talk to APN staff about interests or concerns they have for the neighborhood.

The survey also provides us with the needed information to determine how best to assist the APN. We will continue conducting the surveys in August and  September. Our resident liaisons and resident ambassadors are conducting the surveys, so if you see them in the neighborhood please support our cause and participate!