As part of the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development and US Department of Housing and Urban Developments North Central Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Plan, CPI is partnering with the Temple University College of Education, the Norris Apartments Residents Council, and Rebecca Fabiano Consulting Services Inc. to implement a youth planning program. The program, running in two sessions through the Summer and Fall of 2016, is engaging middle-school aged young people in the Norris Homes with placemaking in their community and teaching them hands-on about the power of planning!
As part of the initial summer session, about 30 youth aged nine to thirteen years old in the Norris Homes Summer Camp worked with Rebecca and her staff of energetic artists and educators on activities that explored things the youth love about Norris Homes. That included making maps of their neighborhood and interviewing their neighbors.
This fall, they are back out with new maps making note of people who live in Norris Homes, and using photos and videotaping to capture their stories. The fall program is building on the theme of community assets by having the boys and girls groups imagine their ideal, peaceful community. They will work with local artist Jennie Shankar to paint their ideas in the Norris Homes community, specifically on the homes that have been boarded up in an effort to reduce blight, and to showcase the youth's vision. Youth will participate in a variety of critical thinking and arts-based activities leading up to a final project.
Watch for updates on the implementation of their vision!