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“What’s the Point?” Community Plan It Game Community Impacts Report Hundreds
The North Take theShore Community Polar Plunge Development Coalition provides quality affordable New Faces at homes and fosters the North economic Shore CDC and empowerment community development in the north shore.
Winter 2013 Newsletter Dear Friends, We are pleased to announce that our youth jobs program has received affiliation with the national youth program– YouthBuild USA. Now known as YouthBuild North Shore ,our program will continue to grow with the support of the YouthBuild network, program design, training, and state & federal funding opportunities. YouthBuild North Shore reflects the North Shore CDC’s community development mission, to increase self-sufficiency in our residents by providing social, economic, and leadership development opportunities. Not only does it transform neighborhoods through the hard work of our young employees, it also provides an opportunity to strengthen our future leaders by working with the students from Salem Community Charter School. Many Thanks,
Mickey Northcutt, Chief Executive Officer
Youth Program Achieves YouthBuild North Shore Status! The North Shore CDC’s youth jobs program empowers young adults with the competency and desire to transform their lives and improve their communities through education, employment, and leadership development. The North Shore CDC partners with the local Salem Community Charter School to offer the students part-time jobs enriched with leadership development , service learning projects with tangible impacts, and future pursuits in college and careers. As YouthBuild North Shore, the program can successfully and sustainably grow to serve youth at both a higher quality and quantity. “YouthBuild has an impressive national record of helping young people at risk turn their lives around and make valuable contributions to their communities. I am thrilled that the North Shore CDC has become affiliated with YouthBuild USA and will be bringing a YouthBuild program to the North Shore - it's a great match,” remarked Diana Kerry, Director of the Public Policy Institute at North Shore Community College and Board Member of the North Shore CDC.
Building Homes Community Impact Report North Shore CDC’s community development activities and programs provide united, networked opportunities for social, civic, and economic empowerment of residents in the communities we serve, so that they may further the goals of neighborhood revitalization in their own communities. Community Engagement Impacts 755 voters turned out in Salem’s Ward 1-2, an increase over the past 2 presidential elections 32 new residents taking an active leadership role 17 neighborhood improvement projects 78% of Gloucester Crossing residents identify the neighborhood as “Welcoming to new residents” 1 community room built Youth Jobs Impacts 30 youth enrolled in leadership programs 600 hours of community service work from youth back into their neighborhoods 9 public places restores & 2 parks revitalized Community English Impacts 95% served are considered low or extremely-low income 60% of students indicated they have secured a job as a result of the North Shore CDC’s English classes Family Stability Impacts 189 low income households engaged in Family Stability services, increasing resident self-sufficiency 47 households have increased their participation in the community (pursuing citizenship, registering to vote, etc.) Volunteer Impacts $23,933 in in-kind services from skilled volunteers Partnered with 6 different colleges and universities
“The North Shore CDC gave me the opportunity to study English and receive child care vouchers for my 4 year old daughter. By volunteering in the family stability program, I’m meeting new people, learning the language, and building relationships with my community. My doubts of being a newcomer to the country have been erased by my friends at the CDC.” -Ivonne, Family Stability Program
Our youth jobs program paints a park bench as part of their park revitalization plan this past summer.
Board of Directors Leonette Strout, President Keller Williams Salem Kate Newhall, Vice-President City of Beverly Beverly Judith Zolla, Treasurer Greater Salem Employees Federal Credit Union Revere Linda Anderson-Mercier, Clerk River House, Inc. Beverly David Jacobson Salem State University Salem Adria Leach Salem State University Salem Diana Kerry North Shore Community College Newburyport Denise Deschamps Beverly Steve Britton Beverly Cooperative Bank Beverly Alex Mitchell-Munevar Greater Boston Legal Services Salem Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello Salem State University Salem
Jennifer Raitt Metropolitan Area Planning Council Beverly Jason Silva Salem YMCA Beverly-Salem Lesli Woodruff Epsilon Beverly Lucy Corchado Point Neighborhood Assoc. Salem Nathan Tiller Beverly Jon Frey The Davis Companies Marblehead Rev. Alan Froggatt Second Congregational Church Beverly Doug Lanois Tremont Capital Hamilton Rosario Ubiera-Minaya Salem Education Foundation Salem Laura Sanchez Point Neighborhood Assoc. Salem Gary Leach Eastern Bank Salem
Strengthening Communities “What’s the Point” Community Plan It Game
New Faces at the CDC
Earlier this month, Orange Leaf Yogurt in Salem was filled with over 100 young people interested in signing up for the newest computer game in Salem- “What’s the Point.” Designed by Emerson Game Labs and North Shore CDC’s youth program, the game makes city planning playful by engaging the young people who live, play, and work in the Point neighborhood to share their opinions and ideas for the community. “What’s the Point?” uses a social media-based approach to virtually link city stakeholders to youth for new, inspired thoughts on city planning.
Pat Leathers, Director of Finance
The Community Plan It Game is one of the many community planning projects within the Salem Point Visioning Plan focused on creating a vision and action plan for the neighborhood. Project partners (including the City of Salem, North Shore CDC, and Metropolitan Area Planning Council) have been collaborating since June 2012 on the project with
the goal of identifying assets and needs to steer future city investment in the neighborhood. The game was open for three weeks, using interactive challenges to gather neighborhood data and residents’ views on their community. This data will shape the next step in the Salem Point Visioning Plan, the public visioning workshop. The workshop is specifically aimed at residents and stakeholders of the Point neighborhood. It will be held on March 7th at 6:30 pm at the Immaculate Conception Church in Salem.
Pat Leathers joined our staff in March as the Director of Finance. Previously, Pat was the Fiscal Director at North Shore Community Action Programs in Peabody. Pat and her husband moved to Salem from Maine for years ago and enjoy spending weekends gardening in the Community Garden at Palmer Cove in Salem.
Ilene Vogel, Director of Economic Development Ilene joins the North Shore CDC to diversify and expand their economic development pipeline. She previously worked for 6 years at KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School as the Director of Operations & Finance and then the Director of Real Estate, overseeing the construction of the school's new middle/high school in Lynn. Ilene loves working in the communities where she lives with her husband, 2
Hundreds Take the Polar Plunge! This past Super Bowl Sunday, over 400 plungers braved the snow and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in Salem and Beverly to support the North Shore Community Development Coalition and River House Inc. This year’s plunge broke record for the highest participation with 415 plungers and raised over $36,000. The North Shore CDC is so thankful to the local schools and individuals who generated the incredible support. Congratulations to the schools who won the Plunge Cups and Big Splash Awards- Ayers Elementary School, Saltonstall Elementary School, and Bates Elementary School. Special thanks to the top five fundraisers, Second Congregational Church, Dane Poeske with Ayers Elementary, Michelle Paige with Bates Elementary, Courtney Cook with Ayers Elementary, and Lydia Saltzman with Briscoe Middle School .