Wednesday June 27, 2012
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Louisville – Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) will host a community meeting which will give parents and other stakeholders an update on renewed efforts to bring a Promise Neighborhood planning grant to the 40212 Zip Code. The grant will help enhance the education of children and young people in this area of Metro Louisville.
“I want the community to know that we are continuing our drive to secure a Promise Neighborhood grant for this area,” says Hamilton. “This is too important an opportunity to not pursue for the benefit of children in the Portland and Shawnee neighborhoods.”
The meeting is set for Neighborhood House at 205 North 25th Street beginning at 6:00pm on Thursday, June 28th,
The community twice applied for the US Department of Education planning grant through the University of Louisville but met tough competition from other cities.
The vision of the program is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career.
Based on the successful Harlem Children’s Zone model, the purpose of Promise Neighborhoods is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in distressed communities and transform those communities. Promise Neighborhoods seek to connect strong systems of community support that will successfully transition young people to college and a career.
Hamilton has been working on a Promise Neighborhood planning grant with officials with the University of Louisville, the Jefferson County Public Schools, area nonprofit organizations and residents.
The Planning Grants would give the community one year to develop feasible plans to create a continuum of solutions with the potential to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in a neighborhood.
The grants support eligible organizations that demonstrate the need for implementation of a Promise Neighborhood strategy in the geographic areas they are targeting, a sound strategy developing a feasible plan and the capacity to develop the plan.
“This meeting will let everyone know where we are and how we plan to move forward with the Promise Neighborhood proposal and I encourage the community to get involved,” says Hamilton.
For more information about the Promise Neighborhood meeting, contact Councilwoman Hamilton’s office at 574-1105.
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