The Promise Neighborhood – Central Minnesota will lead community engagement and capacity building efforts to achieve educational, economic and community aspirations in the Talahi neighborhood in St. Cloud.
What has been most instrumental to your progress?:
Partnership and resource development: The community based model has created a network of talent, services, organizations and community members that have been braided into a service delivery model that is relevant, cost effective and inclusive. This is important because our families are facing multiple issues, have multiple needs and in many cases do not have the resources to access the necessary programs and activities. Partnership and resource development has allowed PN to provide access to services that we would not have the expertise, time or funds to deliver on our own. The rapidly expanding partnership with the school district has allowed PN to provide meaningful opportunities for academic support, mentoring, social skill development, parent trainings and will ensure our ability to partner to reduce the achievement gap of the youth that we serve. Partnerships with Delta Dental, Capital One, CentraCare, Catholic Charities, TriCAP, Minnesota Computers for Schools, NAACP and other organizations have created a family support system that is greater than what we would be able to provide without partners, with many stakeholders accepting responsibility for success.
Key lessons learned:
As our youth programming continued to grow, we gained a better understanding that transportation issues were one of the most important variables when it came to sustained participation by youth. We were not prepared to address that issue financially or from a labor standpoint. We were able to keep up with demand, and this year have made transportation resources ( money, in-kind donations and partnerships) a priority.