Residents and organizations must be empowered to lead the changes together.
It is the job of the Community Mobilization team at Growing Together to foster opportunities for residents to demonstrate their own leadership ability by being a voice, an advocate and a problem solver within their own communities.
The Growing Together Team goal is to empower residents and families to imagine and create communities that provide opportunity for leadership, strong social bonds, community pride and activism. In essence, healthy communities where families and residents live, learn and thrive.
For Growing Together Neighborhoods to Thrive, we work toward these outcomes:
Residents have diverse social connections, in terms of culture, family, and social-economic status.
Residents are proud of their neighborhood, school, and other community assets.
Residents initiate civic activities that are designed to improve their neighborhood.
Developing quality, safe, mixed housing, increase quality of current housing stock.
To that end, residents partner with others to lead or support:
Opportunities to facilitate meaningful dialogues and activities. The gatherings are held monthly. Dinner and babysitting are provided.
It is a strategy to encourage residents to step outside of their comfort zone to intentionally engage with their immediate neighbors by inviting them to dinner once a week, for three weeks. The Community Mobilization Team leads from behind by initially providing structure and resources for bonding, engagement and problem solving to take place.