Friday, August 29, 2008

Residents Urged to Attend Conference To Boost Dayton Neighborhoods

Residents Urged to Attend Conference To Boost Dayton Neighborhoods

Early Registration Deadline is September 5

Release Date: Friday, August 29, 2008
Contact: Shenise Turner, Division of Citizen Participation, 333-3688

Registrations are now being accepted for Dayton’s first annual Neighborhood Conference. The September 13 event will bring together community leaders, residents, volunteers, developers, planners and City of Dayton officials for a one-day exploration of neighborhood assets, revitalization goals and strategies, resources, and opportunities for collaboration. Early registration is $20 per person, with a September 5 deadline. Late or on-site registration is $40 per person.

The conference, “Neighborhood Treasures: Discovering Our Assets,” is presented by the Department of Planning and Community Development, Division of Citizen Participation. The event will be held at the Dayton Convention Center on Saturday, September 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Twelve workshops will be presented throughout the day, with topics including Recognizing Assets, Marketing Neighborhoods, Working in Partnership With Investors, and Recruiting Volunteers. Keynote speaker John Gower, Director of Planning and Community Development, will discuss “Crafting a Vision for a New Dayton.”

More information and registration forms are available at 333-3670 and

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Wayne Avenue Clean Up

South Park is getting ready for the Jazz Festival on September 27th at the Gazebo on Park Avenue and they want some volunteers to pick up litter along Wayne Ave. The first clean up is Wednesday August 27th at 7PM starting at the Gazebo. Another one will follow in a few weeks. Call 369-4520 for details.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Youth involvement in Walnut Hills

Gary Leitzell had a thought a few weeks ago regarding how to involve young people in our neighborhood and take advantage of the park and other resources. I take much of this from his email.

He suggested turning our "School Committee" into a "Youth Activities Committee" that is overseen by Kym and Mario (current members) but whose membership and chair is made up of neighborhood youth. This would encourage young people to get involved in the community and allow them to organize events that they would like to see happen. Who could do a better job if not the youth themselves? It may even get parents involved. Also, they could organize things like dances in the park now that the basketball courts are finished or similar events at Cleveland School. It would also prompt our youth to participate in organizing the Southeast festival next year. This might be a little cutting edge and is certainly grassroots but it might set a great example for other neighborhoods to follow.

Thoughts, comments, volunteers?

School starts Monday!

School is starting up again on Monday, August 11. There is a new principal, Aaron Smith. I first met him when he was assistant principal at Fairview Elementary. This past year he served in the Accountability Department. He has two of my favorite attributes – a real understanding and commitment to the Neighborhood School Centers project and a solid understanding of how to use data to improve school learning. I challenge all of us this year to really put the neighborhood school concept into practice – working with Kym and Mr. Smith to bring our resources to bear in helping the students and staff achieve at their highest level.