• Recognize leaders across the community.
• Generate new opportunities for leaders to emerge.
• Advocate on a regional scale.
• Develop local strategic partnerships.
2014 Report to the Community
- Apetito por el Liderazgo /Appetite for Leadership
Envisioned by PPNA’s Latino Advisory Council, Apetito por el Liderazgo/Appetite for Leadership (AfL) combines community building, leadership skills development and cooking. Our free six week course is open to Powderhorn residents with strong Spanish language skills. PPNA hosted two AfL rounds engaging eleven residents. PPNA was awarded a Seward Co-op Seed Grant (PPNA’s Month is February 2015) and will expand the number of AfL rounds in 2015 and begin exploring opportunities and partnerships to develop similar programming for East African residents.
- Southside United Neighborhoods (SUN) Project Policy Agenda
The SUN Project is a coalition of seven neighborhood organizations (Bancroft, Bryant, Central, Corcoran, Longfellow, Powderhorn Park and Standish-Ericsson) representing eleven neighborhoods. Board and staff members from these groups began meeting in 2010 to explore ways we could work together to support each other’s work and make all of our neighborhoods stronger. The focus of our work is to explore strategic partnership opportunities that will improve operating efficiencies and ensure the long-term sustainability of our neighborhood work. The SUN Project also strives to improve our capacity to engage and build grassroots leadership and affect policy change.The SUN Project has made significant progress moving forward its Policy Agenda: Multi-Family Housing, Inspections and Equitable Park Programming. PPNA helps lead the SUN Project and now is establishing a network of neighborhoods across the city.
- Board Candidate Recruitment
In 2013, the PPNA Board conducted a self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses. Reyna Payan, the AfL facilitator joined the board in July. All board meetings are now conducted in Spanish and English. Also, board member recruitment for the 2014 election was greatly improved. Board candidates are even more reflective of the neighborhood, will be better trained and will be more engaged with the organization and the community.
2015 & Beyond
- Defining Development for Ourselves
By monitoring trends in the city, PPNA anticipates the Powderhorn Park neighborhood and surrounding communities are moving closer to increased development. To address this emerging need, PPNA is shifting resources and staff time, ramping up its internal expertise, and establishing relationships with development experts to not merely react, but guide conversations and speak with the authentic voice of the neighborhood. PPNA will seek opportunities for all community members and businesses to learn, understand and engage with each others and decision makers.
- Leadership Skills Training
PPNA will sponsor residents to join the Community Circles program at the Waite House. Participants will gain leadership skills to bring back to our neighborhood.
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