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Hamilton calls special community meeting to review and discuss “Promise Neighborhood” grant options

Thursday August 4, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) has called a special community meeting for those who live in the 40212 zip code to seek community input and learn the next option to have the area declared a “Promise Neighborhood.”

“We have not given up on our efforts to improve the educational and economic potential under this federal program,” says Hamilton. “While we did not get selected in the first year of this new program, we came very close to winning and we are planning to resubmit a new planning grant application and need your help. We came very close to.”

The Community meeting is set for Tuesday, August 9th at the Portland Neighborhood House, 201 N. 25th Street from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Hamilton says community partners and residents will get a chance to review and discuss the revised grant proposal which must be submitted before September 6th to the U. S. Department of Education. The Jefferson County Public Schools, University of Louisville, the Metro United Way, Congressman John Yarmuth and other local partners are working with Hamilton on seeking designation as a Promise Neighborhood.

“We need the community’s support and ideas for a comprehensive early childhood network, which is a new feature in the new grant application. We have another opportunity to make our proposal even better, but we need the community’s input and expertise,” says Hamilton.

Last year more than 300 communities in 48 states applied for the new program created by President Barack Obama through the US Department of Education. Here are key highlights of the program:

What will Promise Neighborhood 40212 do?

  • Build a pipeline of service and support that will guarantee success of children in 40212. When children and families take part in the Promise Neighborhood, the children will be able to finish high school and graduate from college. Promise Neighborhoods 40212 will not allow kid to slip through the cracks.
  • Promise Neighborhoods 40212 will support children and their families from birth to college graduation. Create a comprehensive early childhood network.
  • Promise Neighborhoods 40212 will work with the residents of 40212 so that everyone knows what it takes for kids to succeed and build the services, supports and community to make success happen.

Who would be served by the Promise Neighborhood?

  • Children and families, including adults, in zip code 40212.
  • The Promise Neighborhood will actively reach out so that minimum of 65 percent of the children and their families participate.

Promise Neighborhoods 40212 goals:

  1. Children are healthy and prepared for school entry.
  2. Children and youth are healthy and succeed in school.
  3. Youth graduate from high school and college.
  4. Families and neighborhoods support the healthy development, academic success and well-being of their children.

“The community should know that improving education for children and ensuring stability for families is still our primary goal and that is why this meeting is so important for improving the lives of your children and our community,” says Hamilton.

The meeting is open to everyone who wants to join the effort. For more information contact Councilwoman Hamilton’s office at 574-1105.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5