We are happy to announce another of our UNCA Promise Neighborhoods Planning Call Series (that link will take you to the others).
- What: PTAs, Promise Neighborhoods, and Neighborhood Representativeness
- Who: Betsy Landers, National PTA President-elect, and Carolyn Nelson-Goedert, a local parent from a Florida PTA, will be speakers on the call.
- When: Wednesday, May 26, 2:00-3:00 P.M. EDT
- Recording: Please note this is a 6 MB mp3 file. Right click this link to save it to your personal computer.
Program Description: The Promise Neighborhoods application requires a partnership between a local school and a lead nonprofit or higher education applicant with at least 1/3 of its governing or advisory board made up of representatives of the geographic area to be served.
Moreover, the application establishes ‘civic engagement’ opportunities in the geographic area proposed to be served as an invitational priority. According to the application:
Examples of these opportunities are efforts to increase the participation of residents, including children and youth, in decisions that affect their community and may improve school performance; efforts to use the perspectives of residents in shaping and evaluating programs; and positive youth development activities such as service-learning (as defined in 42 U.S.C. 12511) programs for students and families that address specific challenges in the neighborhood.
PTAs already play this bridging role in many neighborhoods. What are their experiences? What lessons can be learned? How can local applicants approach and connect to their local PTAs? What should they know?