Drew applied to the CPI because he wanted to become even more effective in making his neighborhood a better place to live. Through the CPI Drew hoped to learn more about setting the direction of a neighborhood and understanding what type of development will keep the area healthy, growing, and rich with diversity.
He was interested in learning the best ways to mix old with new, historic with modern, green with clean, and accessible with walkable. Most importantly, he wanted to bring his neighbors together to share the information he gathered and to be informed at district meetings and Zoning Commission hearings so that he could raise important questions on issues that affect his neighborhood.
Drew has received training to become a Neighborhood Liaison for the 311 program. This position is an advocacy one for the neighborhood, and a direct line to affect real change on issues that concern specific members of the community.
Drew feels that the knowledge he gained and the people he met through the CPI courses have encouraged him to have more meaningful participation in improving his neighborhood of Francisville. He would like to encourage the CPI to connect with leaders of all neighborhood organizations and actively recruit participants through those already-engaged citizens. The CPI program showed him how passionate Philadelphians are about their own neighborhoods, and provided tools that furthered his own engagement.