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    The P2P Community Update 10/5/2017


    Poverty to Progress Action Goals


    CHILDCARE


    • Create a map to display childcare programs and locations to identify current areas of scarcity and development.

    • Distribute surveys requesting input from local employers about their childcare concerns for employees, with an objective of gathering information about the challenges and barriers to employment in the community.


    EDUCATION


    • Support the work of Lynchburg Together, a community group formed to support our City schools.

    • Identify and connect community resources to the school division to create alternatives to suspension for identified students.     

    • Expand opportunities for Lynchburg’s youth to be better connected to a significant other within their family and/or to become connected to a positive adult role model outside of the family who will help them create a plan for achieving success.

    • Ensure that when needed parents/guardians are recipients of coordinated wrap-around services that promote a family’s economic, social, educational, and mental health needs. 

    • Utilize community/college/faith-based assets in Lynchburg to create an informed tutor and mentor program for our students throughout their K-12 continuum. Work with schools/colleges/community groups to train volunteers/tutors/mentors and embed them with teachers to participate in each child’s success plan. Identify all available resources/programs and ensure that they coordinated. 

    • Improve kindergarten readiness by increasing access to quality Pre-K programs and promoting preschool literacy

    • Create directory of Pre-K programs in Lynchburg, including cost, the number of openings, program features, quality metrics 

    • Partner with Reach Out and Read to achieve full, robust city-wide participation in this evidence-based program that promotes reading to preschoolers.

    • Think creatively about broad alternatives to city-funded preschool, including lobbying State Legislature for funding to support universal Pre-K.


    FOOD DISPARITY


    • Community support and outreach for the Oasis Project.

    • Volunteer recruitment and organizational collaboration to strengthen food security for the elderly.

    • Increasing awareness of and expanding summer feeding programs through partnerships with Lynchburg City Schools (LCS) nutrition program and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB).


    HEALTH & MENTAL HEALTH


    • Improve access to services.

    • More effective communication across all areas of the community about the needs and issues regarding health and mental health.


    HOUSING


    • Establish a Housing Navigator Position

    • Recommend that the position of Housing Navigator be established and housed at the Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

    • Position would be responsible for working with clients to assist in understanding housing resources that are available.

    • Provide outreach to the community, landlords and other property owners.

    • Provide a one-stop shop for clients.

    • Conduct a study to identify factors that impact housing needs specific to our community and, to reflect the current status of housing (rentals) market.

    • Data is critical to enhancing the understanding of what is happening in our community in regards to housing needs and identifying current resources and future needs.

    • Data elements to include in this study should be the following; income rent burden, quality of affordable housing, how economic development effects housing.

    • Engage the Virginia Housing & Development (VDHA) as possible fiscal agent.


    LEGAL SYSTEM


    • Increase public awareness of rights and resources to help individuals avoid entering the legal system.

    • Assist inmates with re-entry.


    POVERTY 101


    • Increase community dialogue and education

    • Directory of resources

    • Research innovative programs and/or data collection


    TRANSPORTATION


    • Conduct surveys among the community concerning transportation issues.

    • Develop collaborative databases to connect and coordinate existing services.

    • Link Up – an interactive database to assist in gathering information

    • and connecting individuals to available resources

    • Move Up – a ride-sharing app to be available community wide


    WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT


    • Utilize and coordinate existing resources to develop a comprehensive “Employment Ready” training program: basic computer skills, interviewing skills (including resume development. basic financial literacy, “Employment Etiquette” (attendance, appearance, accountability).

    • Establish “Second Chance” employment program.

    • Partnership development with employers and municipalities

    • Mentorship assignments



    Link to photos from the meeting.


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