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UALR University Partership District

The second community that we have selected is the University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR) University District Educational Network (UDEN). The University District comprises a 3.5 square mile area and includes neighborhoods in close proximity to the UALR. This project will help UDEN engage a broader array of partners in the University District to develop a plan to move UALR and the community to action as it relates to afterschool and summer programming.

 We met according to the following Schedule:

We held the first community orientation meeting for Thursday, August 5, 2010 6 p.m. to 8 p.m with more than 20 people in attendance.

We held the community organizing meeting on August the 17, 2010 with more than 15 people in attendance.

We held an organizational brainstorming session on September 9, 2010 with more than 12 people in attendance. Organizational Planning Session Report

We held the facilitators and recorders training on October 28, 2010.

The Study Circles met according to the following schedule: 

Group one (Tues/Thurs 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) met at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center.
Group two (Sat 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) met at UALR’s Bailey Center.
Group three (Mon/Wed 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) met at the Clubhouse in the Madison Heights Apartment Community.

At the Action Forum it was determined we need a two-pronged approach, at least for this next quarter of our game plan:

1)      The TAKING IT TO THE STREETS Campaign

2)      The MAKING IT S-I-M-P-L-E Campaign

The Taking it to the Streets team will focus on reaching out to people where they are and getting more voices involved in this conversation.  Specifically, their goal will be to hold more Study Circles or focus groups over the next few months so that we will be able to deliver a more complete report card and assessment of what we, as a community, think our children and youth need us to be doing.

The Making it S-I-M-P-L-E team will focus on making it easier for parents and caregivers to find out about and contact all of the different resources that our community already provides for children and families. Specifically, their goal will be to create a directory of resources that will be both appealing and accessible to families in our neighborhoods.

Here is a list of resource material that was used for this site to generate support and excitement: