Central Northeast Neighbors coalition has awarded $10,390 in grants to community groups and organizations to engage underserved neighbors in four projects in 2017. Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement provided $8,390 in funding, and CNN provided additional contributions of $2,000.
The grant to AVANZA’s Edúcate Ya, Inc., a leadership program for young Latino adults, will support a cohort from within CNN to participate in leadership skills and coalition building. Eight trainings and a community project session will include teamwork, ethics and values, culture and oppression, government and public policy and community organizing.
The Jason Lee Parent Teacher Association’s Community Space Creation and Celebration has a goal of creating a community-envisioned, welcoming outdoor space for kids, parents, and the community to gather, culminating in a celebration of the creative power of community. Most Jason Lee students in the Madison South neighborhood are Asian, Latino and African-American, with four out of five youth on free or reduced-price lunch.
The Hmong American Community of Oregon’s New Year in the Park is a project to help immigrant and refugee community organizers to host a Southeast Asian New Year community celebration at Glenhaven Park on Northeast 82nd Avenue. Cultural performances, food, music, and resources will be presented in this relatively new event that aims to build partnerships between diverse groups and to attract thousands of people to join the festivities.
The fourth grant will support Scott School’s Kermés Community Celebration and Resource Fair, to strengthen community identity and inspire in parents and neighbors a sense of investment, responsibility, and pride in Cully children’s education. More than half of Scott’s students speak a language other than English at home. This effort, planned by a racially diverse group of parents and teachers, aims to provide resources to bring families, neighbors and groups together.