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The North and East Lubbock Community Development Corporation (NELCDC) and My Brother’s Keepers, in partnership with The Alliance, will hold a Community Forum the third Tuesday of every month, beginning January 20th, location to be determined. Each event will be in the evening from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at different locations across the area.  The Alliance members are encouraged to attend these meetings on a regular basis to build our relationship with the residents of East Lubbock.

See below for feedback on each community forum topic.

November 2015 | Topic: Self-Actualization (Full Potential, Accomplishment)

Question 1: What is self-actualization?

What it is NOT:

  • Not total perfection – no one ever gets there – there is no sense of perfection.
  • Not a fixed state – it is a process.
  • Not for privileged people.
  • Not just for someone who already has it together.
  • Not independent – all fits together – makes you view your self worth.

It IS:

  • Being the best that you can be.
  • What a man can be, he must.
  • Being around people helps one see himself/herself.
  • Thirst for more – hunger to learn more.
  • Not content with where you are – always wanting to achieve more.
  • What you say it is – can be in part of your life but not in the other part of your life.
  • Comfortable in your own skin.
  • There are levels – i.e. ridding a Hot Wheel, graduate to tricycle, then bike w/training wheels, then no training wheels – finding a balance and deciding what is comfortable for you.
  • Be comfortable with what you have where you are at this point in time.
Question 2: How does a person reach full potential and come realize that full potential?

Looking back and seeing where you have come from.

Sometimes it is by accident.

Don’t always do something for a goal but do it just because it is you.

Having an opportunity to learn and grow.

As a believer, you make a U-turn and realize you are where you want to be.

Definition of potential as it relates to young girls – what does “full potential” mean – as long as you have breath, there is an opportunity to help someone.

History was lost because grandparents/parents didn’t want to talk about it.

Realize the power you have.

From Jared Strange’s list: (behavior leading to self-actualization)

Experiencing life like a child, with full absorption and concentration.

Trying new things instead of sticking to safe paths.

Listening to your own feelings in evaluating experiences instead of the voice of tradition, authority or the majority.

Avoiding pretense (“game playing”) and being honest.

Being prepared to be unpopular if your views do not coincide with those of the majority.

Taking responsibility and working hard.

Trying to identify your defenses and having the courage to give them up.

Question 3: How does a person accomplish all they can?

(From Jared Strange’s list – Characteristics of self-actualization)

They perceive reality efficiently and can tolerate uncertainty.

Accept themselves and others for what they are.

Spontaneous in thought and action.

Problem-centered (not self-centered).

Unusual sense of humor.

Able to look at life objectively.

Highly creative.

Resistant to enculturation, but not purposely unconventional.

Concerned for the welfare of humanity.

Capable of deep appreciation of basic life-experience.

Establish deep satisfying interpersonal relationships with a few people.

Peak experiences.Need for privacy.Democratic attitudes.

Strong moral/ethical standards.

Question 4: What can The Alliance do to address self-actualization?

Make basic needs a priority.

October 2015 | Topic:  Self-Esteem (Achievement, Mastery, Recognition)

Question 1: Who is responsible for one's self-esteem; how can self-esteem be improved; and what role, if any, does the media play in affecting one's self-esteem?
Responsible for self-esteem:
What is self-esteem?
         What you like about yourself
         How you see yourself
         Can change according to situation, environment, success, etc.
         What value you have
A lot of self-esteem is taught
         Starts in the home with the parents
         What you are taught affects how you view others, the world, yourself
What distinguishes people from similar upbringing and backgrounds?
         Nature, birth order
         Friends, circumstances
         Inner drive
Can you have too much self-esteem?
         At some point it becomes arrogance
Does the media affect self-esteem?
         There is a betrayal of East Lubbock that is warped
         Seen as crime-ridden
         Descriptions in news are learned behaviours; can be racist (race comes up when a person is Black/Hispanic)
         What responsibility does the media have in protrayal?
Question 2: Can an event or series of events affect self-esteem? If so, name them.
Tradegy (death, rape, kidnapping)
Recognition
Do East Lubbock residents have low self-esteem?
         Self-esteem is attached to other figures
         Somewhat normal in development, maybe misplaced self-esteem/identity
         More confident/cocky
         Some young people pose/perform; it’s really a matter of low confidence
         Bullies and class clowns project self-esteem (low self-esteem)
How we portray/filter events and characteristics affects self-esteem
Body image is a big deal, especially for girls – not just size, but color, hair, features, etc.
Matters of image and race come up still, but not always as openly
Our adult decisions are affected by our own self-esteem and affect the self-esteemof others, especially children
Some have a personality type – I can do this; I will go after this
We can uncover a lot of pain when we listen – plain leades to fight or flight – uncover the pain and deal with it
If Mama tells you that you are stupid, smart,ugly, beautiful, you ARE
Once people see you a certain way, it can behard to change that perception
Work hard/ NOT “life is hard”
Don’t set up to be negative
You are going to expect hardships – not the rewards of hard work
Question 3: What specific activities are taking place in the community to promote self-esteem, and which organizations are planning/conducting self-esteem activities?
Gents Who Give (Adrian Lewis) – Junior men at Estacado who meet all year for etiquette classes, community service, prefessional training, to send them out to the world as men.
XYZone for Young Men (Communities in Schools)
SPARK (Junior League) – 8th grade girls program introducing them to various things and have lunch with them – impact good qualities
Parenting Partners (Youth for Christ)
Tomorrow’s Leaders (Los Hombres) – 5th grade
Teen Parents of Lubbock (faith-based)
Girl Scouts
My Brother’s Keepers
Community Youth Development Project (StarCare)
West Texas Dancing Raiderettes
Madison Park Tutoring & Spin Classes
ELPN Family Academy – Brochure or website that will list all these groups
AKA high school program – high schools all over town – meet monthly or more – ASCEND – teach them to be engaged and qualified – now have as many parents as students (need two different programs)
Alderson Astors – work with students who teachers say have the most problems – no set curriculum – expose students to new staff – Passing it on/paying it forward – children are resilient, creative, compassionate
If the children don’t get it at home, they will get it some where
A lot of self-esteem is being part of a group
Not your lst hope; your best hope
Need someone to believe in them
Doing good is a self-esteem booster
Lots of organizations all pulling at the kids from different directions – synthesize – put it all together
Sharing things and not all doing “our own” thing
Avoid overload
The various organization we work with probably reach around 1,000 kids/families
Question 4: What can The alliance do to address self-esteem?
Revisit Jarambe, Rites of Passage, etc.
Empower the parents and change the mindset
Meet people where they are
Connect people – don’t try to be all things to all people
Be a conduit and connector for people – the Alliance has all the resources we need except the Food Bank.   Jared will contact David Weaver.
We are frequently contacted to provide assistance
Not a hand out – a hand up
How can we get folks to pay it forward
More boots on the ground
Learn to sustain; it cannot just depend on one person
Want to avoid false hope – don’t make empty promises
Family is an important structure – we want to support that and give people the servicethey need
The earlier for intervention, the better
Question 5: When you hear the word 'mastery', what comes to mind? Is mastery level the same for all adults? Discuss specific responses and solutions.
Strive toward it
Do the hard work
Work on your craft and then you can talk about mastering
More than skill – it’s valuing people

 

August 2015 | Topic: Belonging Part 3 (Neighborhood Watches, Assoc., PTA’s, Scouts, etc.)

Question 1: How important is a Neighborhood Watch to you in your neighborhood? Do you have one? If not, how do you start one?
Don’t have a neighborhood watch
Watch out for eachother
Know what’s coming in – peddlers
Open communication – build trust
Next door application
Go door-to-door and ask neighbors if they want a neighborhood watch – watch out for the children
Go to public places, churches may have been one in the past
May be a president already – be ready to assume leadership
Gatekeepers
Canvas the neighborhood and see what their needs/wants are
Attempt to be organized – get a board and get others involved
Many neighborhoods are rental properties
May be some neighborhood watches but they are not organized
Renters don’t always seem invested
Unofficial watches:   retirees, stay-at-home parents
Want to be organized so that there are rules and protections
Connecting with local police officer
Keeping connected with each other
Sometimes people are afraid of causing problems and don’t watch or speak up or take responsibility
Do we have data for watches in Lubbock? How effective have they been?
Maybe help with a block party
President of existing neighborhood watch needs to be involved
It is important – should be started – vitalized
People need to be accountable
Question 2: At this time, in your neighborhood, how would you prioritize these three things Crime and Safety, Beautification, and Healthy Neighborhoods?
Group 1:
Crime & Safety
Healthy Neighborhood
Beautification
Group 2:
Beautification comes after the first two are set
A beautiful and clean home changes attitudes
When a neighborhood is beautiful, the other things come
Renters tend not to care about beautification
Beautiful places will attract better kinds of renters
Economic issues/laziness plays a part in beautification and investment
Perception of East neighborhood:   ugly, unsafe, don’t live there!
Help connect people with programs that benefit homeowners, renovators, neighborhoods, etc.
Group 3:
Crime & Safety
Beautification
Healthy Neighborhood (if someone needs something fixed or help, do for each other)
Question 3: How important are Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) in schools?
Feel PTA is very important
Keep communication lines open
Keeps parents/teachers communicating
Holds child more accountable
Important because school board is worthless, so PTA is there to challenge and be the voice of the people
Builds trust between parents and teachers and work together better.
Parents voice creates knowledge
More of a conflict when parents don’t feel valued
Piece of the puzzle that has been missing
Kids need to understand this together
Create better school environment
Helps bring materials to school
Parents need to know who they are leaving their children with
PTA has had trouble getting going and staying up at Dunbar & Estacado
Have to chase down people to help
Membership shows support of the school
People need to be involved in order to make it happen
Perception of PTA: it takes so much time and work
Sometimes break tasks down into component parts (we need this, this and that, etc.)
People don’t’ see value/purpose of PTA and won’t invest
Clear correlation between student success and parental involvement
With involvement comes ideas about what can be done better
Monthly standing meeting with the principal and staff, if possible
You have to get people to care enough to make it happen
Elementary kids have all sorts of “little kid” activities and parents are involved – once middle school comes, parents start stepping back when they should be stepping up
Include everyone at school and make them feel special: students, parents, faculty, staff, admin
Put people on the spot – let them know what is expected of them
Paint East Lubbock blue for Estacado
Make events local and available for everyone
Activities for kids that connect to them
Promote the PTA
Take themeeting to them
How does Rise differ from others – why do they have the support?
Question 4: How important are the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to the children in your neighborhood?
Don’t know much about Boy/Girl Scouts
They teach discipline, morals
Fell by the wayside because of other things going on
Would be an awesome asset
Sort of like a rights of passage – the next best thing to Army.
Helps you become a man
Used to laugh at the uniform
Helps with leadership
Need to belong
Boy/Girl Scouts stand for courage, confidence, character
Creates opportunity for girls that they might not otherwise have
Adopt a scout
Adopt a troop
Attend a scout meeting
Help at cookie booth
Question 5: How can The Alliance support, build up and grow neighborhood watches, PTAs and Scouts in East Lubbock?
Keep forums going
Educate and let folks know you are there
If can get people to come to the meetings, it empowers and helps come out of crisis
Learn to make choices
Unleash their power
Continue to invite, build the knowledge of what is going on in the community
Continue to do what we are doing
Provide training for folks from the neighborhood
Incentives to come to the meetings – door prizes as a way to get folks involved
Passing out flyers
Transportation can be a problem
Just hang a minute in the neighborhood
Hard to change culture
People reject change – set in their ways – scared
Persistence and consistence
Rome wasn’t built in a day
A bad penny – just keeps showing up
Energizer bunny
Identify the gatekeepers and let them get the information out to the neighborhood

July 2015 | Topic: Belonging Part 2 (Neighborhood Watches, Assoc., PTA’s, Scouts, etc.)

Question 1: How important is a Neighborhood Association to you in your neighborhood?
Good voter registration tool.
Good safety tool – look after your friends.
Had one and everyone aged out.
Lots of amenities but they aren’t being used.
Would be one person doing the work.
Has pros and cons.
Hard to run – not enough help.
People still call but take your information with a grain of salt.
Very important, especially if it’s getting stuff done.
Need to keep it positive and get staff.
Unity, relationships (meet your neighbor)
Power, leadership.
Inform each member when something happens.
Network with City officials, etc.
The people need to buy into it.
Safety measures.
Point of contact.
Clean up neighborhoods – weeds.
We can take our issues to our Neighborhood Association.
Look out for each other.
Meet neighbors – needs to be beyond the block.
Strength in numbers – NA’s can fix problems.
Better opportunities – increase participation – improve City via NA’s.
Vital sense of community, family, watch out for each others.
Communication is the key.
Want to see more neighbors out, more houses built, and get numbers up in the schools.
Block party becomes an area party- something that involves whole community.
Something for youth to do.
Increased use of social media has had an adverse effect on NA – as parents, we need to put forth more effort maybe via skype.
We live in silos.
Sense of vision – meet with all ages.
Sense of trust is not what it used to be.
We need to turn off some stuff.
Important to have playground equipment and basketball courts to keep kids out of trouble.
Need job opportunities.
Men to be more involved with their kids.
East Lubbock has a lot of renters – makes people less interested in NA.
In the beginning of a NA, code enforcement is a big, big deal.

Question 2: At this time, in your neighborhood, how would you prioritize these three things Crime and Safety, Beautification, and Healthy Neighborhoods?
1st – Beautification:
Other stuff is okay but this could be better.
Park is the only put together thing.
Overgrown houses – sad to come back and see that.
Who is in those lots and houses?
Lack of respect/beautification leads to pride and respect.
Lots of big, empty houses.
2nd – Crime & Safety:
Crime is bigger in the center of Lubbock.
Two doors down, a crime.
3rd – Healthy Neighborhood:
Lower economic types have low access to healthcare.
City-wide healthcare.
1st – Crime & Safety
2nd – Beautification
3rd – Healthy Neighborhood
1st – Crime & Safety
Lack of stop signs.
East Lubbock crime is not the highest.
Perception is reality.
Neighborhood policing.
Community-based policy – make residents aware of police procedure.
Walking in the streeet – cut the weeds down and we can walk on the sidewalk.
2nd – Healthy Neighborhood
Healthy folks will want beautiful neighborhoods.
3rd – Beautification.
1st – Crime & Safety
2nd – Beautification
3rd – Healthy Neighborhood – access to food helps people feel better and want to go outside.

Question 3: How can the Neighborhood Association be the point of contact for communication in your area?
People don’t care about what you know until they know how much you care.
Application might not work right away/start going right away.
Block parties.
What do you think should be done? A lot of people have the same idea.
Being consistent – have it one month, and not the next; annual traditions.
Businesses are important.
Start at the schools; everyone goes there.
Transition from flyers to electronic.
School fails them.
School does not work with parents.
NA’s can get parents involved at school – rejuvenate the PTA.
Next door.
Website.
Visibility – need to know they exist.
Meetings, flyers, regular updates, phone calls.
Point of contact.
Mass marketing – radio, TV, etc.
LUNA – filter to NA.
Promote – popular.
Facebook, Next Door, Phone tree
Use multiple approaches – email, via school through PTA, flyers.
Gatekeeper – go door to door – knock on doors.
By building relationships.
Door-to-door in person.

Question 4: How can The Alliance support and build up and grow the neighborhood associations in East Lubbock?
Getting out – letting people know you care.
Things take time to change and frustration grows.
Free food.
Show that we are serious.
Give them responsibilities – something to do and follow up on it.
Teach peple how to fish.
Combat stress – can’t worry about kids when there is so much else to do.
Parties – distractions.
Toot your own horn.
Seminars on work, budgets, etc.
Voice to the City Council.
Continue to do what they do.
Continue to have meetings, etc.
Keep the neighborhood associations.
Focus on infrastructure – what exists.
Use churches – get pastors involved.
Partner with schools.
Providing service to a family member.
Help spread the word.
Help the elderly with painting, cutting the yard, caulking, etc.
Showing yourself friendly – people must trust you first.
Get your hands dirty.
Help ourselves first, then support each other.
Get youth leaders involved.
Provide opportunities to learn – The Alliance has trained, skilled people and connections.
Asking LPD to block off streets from time to time for block parties.
Using members connections to get things done.

May 2015 | Topic: Family, Friends, and Community

Question 1: When you travel to businesses and events in other parts of Lubbock, do you feel as if you belong? Why or Why not?
Sometimes
Hard question
Extreme issues, like the normal process of neighborhood is suppressed on the east side and those who can do something about it have no concern to improve or act on it.
Need to learn to be sensitive to others.
Mother of grown children – kids that grew up here, went to school here, have no desire to live in Lubbock, any part of Lubbock. They won’t live here. Somuch negative and prejudice in Lubbock.
Population attrition in certain age groups – 21-30. Need jobs.
Question 2: When you travel to businesses and events in East Lubbock, do you feel as if you belong? Why or Why not?
Feeling of belonging as a working member of the community through school work. Feels like he has to earn it, or has earned it.
Expects to earn it.
Does not expect NOT to belong.
Maybe sometimes uncomfortable, not for not belonging, but a little unsure.
Four years ago, might hav felt uncomfortable. Preconceived notion. Not feeling safe. Has changed opinion. Has grown to feel comfortable. Not bothered at all.
Our own perception that we might be afraid, but not the case.
Wonder about perceiving how other people perceive you.
Idenitifying an older teen age group as a group that needs some education on encountering people in their community.
Need to give people a reason to come to east Lubbock, that they can, that they are welcome.
Can we make intentional efforts or events to give people a reason to come to east Lubbock?
Question 3: What can The Alliance do to help create communities where everyone feels as if they belong?
Can we make intentional efforts or events to give people a reason to come to east Lubbock?
Making city events affordable.
Bring the community to east Lubbock.
Worship exchange. Invite a congregation from west Lubbock to have church in east Lubbock, vice versa.
Habitat for Humanity project.
Question 4: What role do schools, churches and businesses play in creating a sense of belonging?
Young black boys, young adults, deal with racism more than others. Education limitations. Feel like they can’t aspire to great things (doctor, lawyer, etc.) Don’t know they have “no limits”.
Home is important. If disruptive at home, cannot be successful at school.
Depends on circumstances and history of the different east Lubbock campuses. Irvin potentially more responsive than Dunbar.
Less students going to project intercept. So not disrupted as much from their education.
Need to be comfortable in visiting businesses and homes, if serving eat Lubbock community.
Prejudice not just racial in Lubbock. Hard to make friends. First question asked, “what church do you attend?”
Churches need to be talking to each other.
Fear of the unknown.
Promises that are made, don’t come true. Dreams don’t come true.
Question 5: How do we make sure all children have a sense of belonging in every area of Lubbock?
Sincere effort to get other parents over here, with a natural desire to get to know each other.
No token efforts.   Wasted. Been there, done that.
Revisit “Pray Lubbock.”

April 2015 | Topic: Safety & Security

Question 1: Do you feel safe in East Lubbock and what makes you feel safe? Give examples.
Overall, yes.
Five or more current residents.
Most have current or former working relationships.
Key to feeling safe/being safe is all about relationships and communication.
Several raised issue of inadequate street lighting.
Observation that East Lubbock residents as a whole are kinder, more accepting than SW Lubbock.
At times, feel less safe in other areas of Lubbock.
No sidewalks between Parkway and Estacado.

 

Question 2: Do you feel secure in East Lubbock and what makes you feel secure? Give examples.
Overall, yes.
Again, relationships are key.
Lubbock Police Department needs to be working to build relationships with residents to build trust.
Councilwoman comment:   Asst.Chief Stevens – very relationship focused. The ideal situation would be for the City Council who would back a police chief in these issues would be key.
Trust – building to combat generational fear that is self-perpetuating.
Question 3: What can The Alliance do to help your children feel safe and more secure at home, at school, in public?
Building relationships – to intervene as needed for safety with children.
Have to follow through and must produce action that is tangible.
Safe House – homes that are designated as “safe” in conjunction with LPD.
Support PTA enhancement.
Cross-Guard work.
Advocate for children – turnover in Quad IV with teaching staff. You have to reach them before you can see them.
Better training of teachers related to children of poverty.
Educators who sometimes openly conveyed they don’t want to teach in East Lubbock schools.
Get too comfortable (underground issues).
Educator attitude is critical – “We take care of each other in this classroom.” Teachers set the tone for classroom. Administration sets the tone for the teachers.
Find ways to engender hope for the future.
Multiple examples of disproportionate referrals from teachers for children of color.
Structural conversations with systems related to poverty and race equity.
Alliance needs skin the game.
Poster in schools – “We stand beside you.”
Don’t work in silos.
The Alliance can sponsor Undoing Racism or other options like Courageous Conversations.

March 2015 | Topic: Basic Needs

Question 1: What can you do with The alliance to support healthy eating in East Lubbock?
Community Gardens/Educate
Educate on eating habits
Partner with Market Street/United
Partner with PTA
Partner with TTU, i.e. nursing, dietician, etc.
Put healthy recipes in food boxes
Show families cooking from the box
Healthy-list request for donation
Educate on foods and what nutrition is
Specific drive days (specific asks)
Personally rally for healthy donation to Food Bank
Piggy bank put info in snack bags
Jr. League – scavenger hunt (introduce foods) 4th & Slide and 50th & Q
More education of how and what for healthy eating
Teach about packaging – cheaper options different packaging – April 12th 2-4p Sunday
Purchasing power
Support development of community gardens where folks could access produce at affordable prices
Food Bank is working on the development of healthy recipes to be included with the food boxes. Once developed, we need an initiative to make sure all are educated on this resource to create healthy meals.
Recruit seniors or others to work in/help water the community garden
Ask the community to tell us what their needs are. We need gatekeepers to let the community be “in front” of the efforts.   Telling folks what we think they need becomes an issue.
Community Garden in the various communities – possible to have gardens at school
Health Expo – how we can still enjoy our food but find a healthier manner in which to prepare
Another supermarket United doesn’t have a sitting area like the other United supermarkets in other parts of the city – Sprouts was mentioned – Salad Bar
Boys & Girls Club at one time taught children how to grow foods. Now it is done at the Food Bank – many children don’t have a ride to get to the Food Bank
Bring Michelle Obama to Lubbock to assist with the ground breaking for the community garden
Approach the power executives at United – Robert Taylor – to upgrade the United in East Lubbock on Parkway.
Offer demonstrations on what the food is and how to prepare it.
Tie the demonstrations with ELPN to help provide the nutritionist or educator
Develop a supermarket coop
Ask United to provide a nutritionist in the United in this area. Review the ELPN grant and how it addresses the partnership with United – diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. classes.
The Alliance an develop/add a link to healthy eating ideas. This could possibly increase the number of hits the page gets as well as increase the membership.
Make the cost of eating a discussion and a part of the above training.
Advocate for an increase in salaries/minimum wage.
Rainwater harvesting
Education: what are good habits to cultivate? Teach residents to choose and even grow food, disseminate information
Gardening classes
Community Gardens/Educate
Area farmer’s markets
Basic need of making sure families have food
Early introduction of healthy eating
What is cost affordable food – healthy costs more
Retrain the parents on choices – free dinners to start conversation – challenge of communicating information
Church-based activities for helathy food/dinners – greens, fresh market foods – talk to farmers located close to areas for accessibility/mentoring
Closer, more accessible community gardens
Transportation to gardens in summer – kids activities
Make it appealing “super hero” idea using the athletic departments
Question 2: Given the housing situation in East Lubbock, what do you see as a solution(s) to this situation? How can The Alliance support renters and homeowners in knowing and understanding their rights and responsibilities for the basic standard of housing?
Training programs
Housing Fairs
Educate on code enforcement/City of Lubbock
Maintenance to your home
Supported employment – housing goals
Summer program for kids
Not about money
Educate on the steps to home ownership
Educate how to take care of your home (own/rent)
Legal leg to stand on – written contract
Get help with terminology so you know what you are signing
Be aware of the laws and what actions are needed
Host workshops to educate
A central location to go and get information (The Bridge)
Change the language – not always “we want to educate” – maybe, “we want to make you aware”
Purchasing power – options
Start with the athletes or coaches to see if they can get their kids interested in projects to clean up yards/paint/revitalize homes – start with the elderly folks’ homes
Volunteer opportunities that can assist with college admission
Reach out to all young people and offer opportunities to assist/help others because it feels good to be a part of something good.
Get the media involved about something positive happening in East Lubbock.
Testimonials of folks that have shared and given back and the positive impact it has had on East Lubbock
Be visible and available
Teaching the children independent living
Consult Small Business Administration
Improve the community so that people will want to move to East Lubbock
Conduct a positive publicity campaign so that the image of East Lubbock improves
More East Lubbock citizens need to become involved in City government, i.e. board appointments, run for public office, read, read, read so that you are more informed
Develop/learn community organizing strategies and put them to good use
Code enforcement – citizens must call and call often to get the department to enforce the code – notify the media if the department doesn’t follow through with enforcing the code – work with Neighborhood Association and catch on camera.
Hand in building your own home – Habitat for Humanity
Recycle – recyclables as building materials
Disseminate information on property care and utility management
Effortless recycling
Consolidate our resources
Keep handouts brief and readable – “know your rights”
Block by block approach and give incentives for trust building
Rotating groups to know the community better
Education on renting versus owning
Create a climate of conversation – “let me show you how you get out of renting to owning” – show about investing
Mentoring
Question 3: What can residents do to manage their utilities?
Education on filters, lights, insulation, unplugging
Training programs
Project Round-Up
12-month fixed payment
Ask LP&L and Atmos to put the notice in the bills
Providing knowledge to residents, churches and busineses for money-saving tips
Energy saving – information on energy-hogging devices
Teach the difference between upfront costs versus long-term
Blinds – utilize for heat and cold
Electric heater cost
Payday lending – not a good option; better budgeting and how to deal with emergencies
Crisis mode
Nightlights – get them donated
Educate folks about utility averaging
Distribute “Tip Sheet” to give folks ideas on how to reduce their energy bills. Get the East Lubbock Gatekeepers to distribute the info.
Educate folks about the organizations that will assist folks with utility bills
LP&L will not let anyone but the account holder pay on a bill, so if someone is unable to go pay it, no one is able to help. Need a meeting with management to remediate this issue.
Free energy evaluations – J. Ferg/Lowe’s Home Improvement
The groups talked about in #2 could go in with caulk and weather stripping to make homes more energy efficient
Lobby for an additional utility company
Solar energy panels on roofs
Seniors cannot afford to “shore” up houses so more information needs to be put forth as to how they can access resources. Often they find out about programs when money is almost gone.
Publicize opportunity to pay forward on utility bill
Update the Red Book
East Lubbock citizens need to become more aware of services/organizations that assist
Churches can make the above information available to their membership
Promote xeriscape
Take donations
Make people aware of the price of utilities/how to be energy efficient
Conservation
Donate energy efficient appliances and tools
Educate community about City grants for central air rather than window units – elderly, then sickness
You have to physically tell LP&L to read meters.
Storm/sewage rates problematic for churches especially
Unplugging education
Sense of frustration with accessibility of City leaders and decision makers
Question 4: Are improvements needed in the air quality of East Lubbock? What are the issues?
Code enforcement
Make the community aware of procedures happening in the community
Know what is affecting the children’s health
Do an assessment on quality of air
Work with health organization to get stats
A community assessment of businesses – a list to provide to the residents both positive and negative
Show people what is happening in the area
The feed lot, the oil mill, cottonseed plant and dust all contribute to allergens – a Texas reality
Definite need for quality improvement
More edible and water-efficient plants/trees
Replace dead trees
Horticulture
Get cotton gins and other polluting businesses spread out away from East Lubbock
It’s better than it used to be
Not really viewed as a major issue

February 2015 | Topic: Education

Question 1: What can The Alliance do, without additional resources, to help improve education in East Lubbock?
Starts with the parent and home – offer additional supports iin the home, single parents, etc.
Parents supporting othr parents and getting involved.
“It takes an Alliance to raise a child.”
Kids need dreams, hope, etc. and whole commuity support.
Arts – representation and expression;
Roots – what is happening at home or beyond that is preventingkids from focusing on education?
“No Excuses University” – availability of resources but many are not aware (non-dominant hand activity); not used to using tools that are available but not utilized.
Parent involvement – how can we help engage family at home?
Early Childhood Education – Success by Six concepts; young parents not knowing how to engage their children.
Mentoring programs for children by the Alliance.
Take time to truly diagnose what is really going on – we miss the obvious, then wonder why absences go up and expectations go down; kids aren’t held to high rigor and don’t drop expectations; I see a “poor me” attitude and drop the expectations.
Look at the basics.
Teacher/parent trust building; teachers need to reach out to parents and show they care.
Need to increase parent involvement – educate parents on how important they are to their children’s education.
Use what is available – the community (mentors, tutors at Alliance facilities).
“It takes a village to raise a child.” Education starts at home.
Guidelines/clarificatoin on “community” involvement.
Inventory resources – what assets can we work with?
ELCA let others know abolut the schools and needs.
Develop common goal – all work toward it.
Starts in the home but spreads in community.
Remove the stigma on East Lubbock.
Different kinds of education – about East Lubbock; arms around every entity in the group.
Personal accountability spreading out to schools – communities across Lubbock.
Understand eachother – eastablish trust – “re-brand” – media involvement/education, politicians, TTU.
Encouraging economic development and commerce.
Create urgency for education.
Create a foundation for the parents to become part of The Alliance.
Focus on one school, one age group, and give them all your attention.
Communicate with our children to give them hope for education purposes.
Reading and literacy – encourage school attendance.
Find the “bright spot.”
Make available the “Undoing Racism” workshop.
Make sure no one is left behind.
Punt, Pass, Reading.
Utilize existing resources – full capacity.
Data – what’s the story?   AEP; ISS; absences; school discipline.
Identify the needs of the school (Dunbar for Dunbar; Irvin for Irvin; etc.
Utilize the church.
Parental involvement (incentives).
Be in the schools – be visible – extra voice – presence – mentors (Friday lunches)
Substitute volunteers – people to watch classes.
Same page – differences in perceptions.
Resources – human capital.
Collaboration – secure vision – areas of expertise.
System issue – partnership – area of bounce literacy. (how do you develop systems?)
Can’t be about intervention.
Parent involvement – Attendance is issue – point person for attendance.
Resources for parents (transportation).
Early learning – getting ready for school.
Need volunteers/churches/Greeks.
After school program.
Question 2: What can The Alliance do to help support families in helping their children, Pre-K through High School, get an education?
Get more involved and visible in the parent community and hold parents accountable.
Parenting classes (work to reduce the stigma).
School personnel need to support also (how to support teachers?)
Parent involvement when kids are doing well.
Educators could use additional training to help them empathize on pvoeerty and race and how that impacts the parent’s ability to take off work, trust systems – properly tooled with cultural nuiances to help parents connect more when they feel they can approach educators.
The Alliance members be a physical presence/mentor.
Teachers are overloaded.   We need to find ways to advocate for teachers to be assisted and supported.
Educational disillusionment transfers from parents to children. Look for ways to bridge and work together.
High, consistent expectations communicated to parents about their children promotes ambition and having the tools to “be whatever they want to be.”
Parent accountability – Alliance reaching out to parents asking “what tools can we offer you?”
Most parents feel threatened by what is going on – need trust-building – assurance that Community Alliance is here to help.
Increase approachability – multiple calls from local parents asking why Dunbar is closing – misconceptions.
Keep the line of communication open between family and school.
Family Academy to continue to be a part of The Alliance.
Focus on small group and give them the majority of your time.
Possible app for phone or social media to help kids read.
Alliance can help with early learning.
Help foster a positive attitude as it relates to education.
Emphasize the importance of parent and school partnerships (trust, relations, folder check, reading).
Accountability.
Maximize what happens during the school day.
Mentoring; after-school programs.
Serveand support teachers.
Literacy every 3 weeks – come to read.
Better communication between community and schools.
Streamline the process.
Raise the bar on expectations.
Create a “culture of success” – increase participation.
Provide opportunities for parents to be a part of the process.
Calling parents – simple tasks.
Meet parents where they are.
Adult Education Classes.
Dunbar Alumni Association.
Create trust with important communication.
Information to the parents on how they can help their kids.
Know where to go to get answers; programs.
Relationship building.
Know where our kids are.
Relationship between teacher/student/parent.
Parents learn with the kids – teach the parents when teaching the kids.
Let someone else run parent events, i.e. sororities/fraternities.
Celebrate our children.
Focus groups with parents – take education to them.
Jump start (Pre-K) – Pre-K to 2nd grade is critical – catching up from behind is difficult.
Ready to Read – Variety in programming.
Question 3: What do you expect your child to learn from school?
Expect them to learn history.
Expect them to learn that they are somebody.
School is a place you can gain a sense of dignity and an overall great education.
How to get along with others; how to behave properly; take responsibility for actions.
Teach them how to think independently and make informed decisions – critical thinking skills – being able to counterpoint.
Life skills (globalization).
Prepare child with maximum knowledge so they can compete.
I don’t expect my child to be raised by the school, but I expect my child to receive equity, inclusion and fairness.
Knowledge of resources.
Hope and ability to dream from educational system.
Street smart – teach tenacity and inner strength.
Prepared for real world.
That they are there for a reason – to be somebody.
Life skills – productive citizen – problem solving – communication.
Basics: penmanship, reading, writing – NOT AN EXAM.
Parents need to instill skills like respect, good behavior, etc. so teachers can teach the basics.
School should have one purpose:   to learn.
Expectation of distraction-free classroom; teacher at the top of game; available and involved administrators – constant feedback.
Grade appropriate and college ready.
Higher-order skills that apply outside of classroom.
Communicate! Verbally and in writing; collaborative work.
Social skills – do’s and don’t’s.
Dignity – integrity – character.
Reading.
Problem solve.
Explanation for parents as it relates to standards.
Responsible to self (age appropriate).
Strong basics early – love for learning.
Passion/elementary; talent/middle school.
Create opportunities for success – meet them where they are.
Teach real skills for success – public speaking, public advocacy, study skills.
Learn to set goals.
Question 4: What can The Alliance do to help children prepare for entering Pre-K?
Educating parents on importance of reading to children from infancy.
Opportunities for parents to furtrher their own education.
Financial planning/career counseling.
Alliance members volunteering at school to read to children/even engaging grandparents.
Break the mold/cycle – working hard is better than not trying at all.
Parent education, i.e. ELFA.   Village spread the work and step up and take lead.
Beyond age-specific for classes – look at teachers – are we utilizing the right people?   Mentor? Real-life-skill focused – educated, not “credentialed.”
Have 3 and 4 year old schools – prepare early to be ready at 6.
Community based in one location.
Question 5: Why the decrease in turnout?
Smothering (radio, TV, street sweep, etc.)
Go to the community.
Church.
Child Care.
Hours/time of event.
Incentives.
Utilize the schools, i.e. curb-side coffee at Dunbar through PTA.
Community – can’t fix parents – how do we neutralize? Reframe our thinking.
Uncomfortable in school – feeling of intimidation.
Challenges:   Transportation/parent involvement/poverty/”testing oriented”
Have resources/loack of utilization/connect the dots.
Need volunteers.
Parent involvement/attendance/transportation.
Collaboration/communication/understanding.

 

January 2015 | Topic: General Information

FinancingAccess to money/financing for basic home improvements like windows, plumbing repairs, heating and air conditioning, etc.Can C.R.A. Funds be used for this?
More financial classes for families.Be aware of basic needs.
Banks - C.R.A. (Community Reinvestment Act) - what are they doing to address what David talked about?Can we see their last evaluation report when they were evaluated by the Federal regulators? Is there a report to see?
ScholarshipsFor sports, dance class, etc. Most people give money to scholarships for school not realizing how important it is for kids to be involved in after-school activities.There are a lot of ideas and lots to be done. I suggest we start small and let things begin to work. All will begin to fall into place.
ParentingHelp provide tools for parents to do a better job educating our children.
BeautificationMackenzie Park - put pressure on the City to work on improving Mackenzie Park. Something as simple as fixing the broken down chain link fence.
EducationRecruitment of minority teachers. Train teachers how to work with minority children.
Adult education is very important. We need to work on a G.E.D. to B.A. program based in East Lubbock schools.
These people need to spend a day (all day) in a classroom! Start program!
Just having an online-based education is not enough because there is issue of digital divide or access to those online education. Thus, finance may be an hindrance.
Education - Business - Food - GED - many initiatives! Repeated ideas - need a place to list them all.
Rehabilitation ProgramsFor men, women who have been in jail or prison being released. Class to change them from being destructive to constructive leading to productive.
Basic NeedsAccess to healthy food which is affordable. Action steps: Attract another grocery store, healthy food finance initiatives, healthy corner stores, farmer's markets.


September 2014 – December 2014

  • More stores, restaurants, gas stations, Walmart, theatre, fitness center, police officers
  • Anything that will help the kids in the community
  • More activities for the children
  • Have more activities
  • Have more positive activities for the kids and teens to do after school and on weekends
  • Lower housing, improve the streets, eatery
  • Mentoring for kids programs, restaurants & stores, educational workshops, awareness workshops, more activities for kids and young adults
  • More restaurants and stores
  • How they coming together to make east Lubbock a nice place to live
  • More positive programs and things to do for the community kids.
  • Bowling Alley or skating rink for children. There is no entertainment for people on east side.
  • Educate the kids about morals.
  • Better business and more eating places.
  • Stress the importance of self-respect amongst our youth.
  • Improve/maintain area better. Build more stores for community so they won’t have to travel to west side of town for shopping.
  • Increasing community – need businesses.
  • More jobs locally.
  • Bring more things in the community for the kids.
  • More opportunities in schools.
  • More businesses come this way,more improvement on boarded up houses/buildings.
  • More businesses.
  • Trying to get our kids into more activities.
  • More small business and after-school care.
  • More mentoring programs that include the kids and parents.
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