Saturday, April 14, 2012

Strategic “Vision” Plan- 180th District

180th District PA 2013-2020


  1.  “Vision” Plan for the 180th District
  2.  Goals and Outcomes for the 180th District
  3.  Strategic Objectives to Achieve the Goals for the 180th District
  4.  Who Am I

I. Vision for the 180th District
The “Vision” Plan for the 180th District will provide programs and services to youth, adolescents, adults and families to excel through academic and social achievement. The “Vision” Plan is dedicated to achieving sustainable human development in the 180th District in which residents are able to enjoy a full range of “human basic rights and services” which will free them from illiteracy, violence, and poverty. Further, the “Vision” Plan will create job opportunities, senior citizen and after school programs and address safety concerns in the 180th District.

The “Vision” Plan is guided by the principles of building creative and trusting relationships with the residents, community and faith based organizations, school officials, and public servants to provide the highest quality of services and programs which will:

  • Give priority to the needs and interests of the residents of the 180th District.
  • Encourage & Promote Community Unity.
  • Authentic participation of organizations that provide resources that affect the lives of residents and families of the 180th District.
  • Respect and foster human rights, both socioeconomic and civil-political of the 180th District.
  • Seek to enhance multicultural equality of the 180th District.
  • Understand and respect the history and culture of the residents of the community of the 180th District that I serve.

II. Goals and Outcomes
The “Vision” Plan targets several goals and the outcomes for the 180th District that will be effectively addressed to transform a crime infested, uneducated, impotent community scarce on resources into a thriving neighborhood.  The goals are as follows:

Goal 1: Eradicate Illiteracy

Goal 2: Promote Community Unity

Goal 3: Develop Effective Partnerships with Local Businesses

Goal 4: Create a Safe Community
Goal 5: Improve and Create Grassroots Programs.

Goal 6: Re-implement extracurricular activities back into the public schools in the 180th District.

III. Strategic Objectives to Achieve the Goals
For far too long individuals seeking elected office in the 180th District have focused on the problems in the community but in most cases provide ineffective solutions to address them. However, I believe that just as it is important to highlight the detriments in the 180th District; I will be creating strategies, initiatives and outcomes to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, high unemployment and crime. These are issues which are equally vital and viable that will benefit the quality of life for the residents.

Strategies to achieve the goals in the 180th District are as follows:

My “Vision” Plan will create a coalition of grant writers to obtain funding for necessary services for the 180th District although the state government is planning to eliminate many of the needed services in Philadelphia that will also affect the 180th District. Instead of waiting for the governor to decide on providing the necessary funding for economic growth in the 180th District, my administration will be proactive by obtaining funding through the grant process.

By obtaining funding through grant writing I will address the following:

Goal: 1
  1. Decrease illiteracy and the dropout rate
  2. Extra-curricular Programs
  3. Increase Senior Citizens Programs
  4. Decrease Obesity
  5. Safety

  • Increase high school graduation rate in the 180th District 20% by 2020.
  • Increase extra-curricular programs, i.e. mentoring, fencing, rugby, golf, and soccer in the schools located in the 180th District 35% by 2020.
  • Increase senior citizen programs in the 180th District 15% by 2018.
  • Reduce obesity among youth and adolescents between the ages of 10 years old-18 years old 40% by 2020.
  • Increase safety by expanding the Town Watch program and increase police presence in the 180th District 16% by 2015.

Goal:  2
Formulate a coalition of local businesses to promote employment opportunities for residents.

Improve employment opportunities for residents interested in obtaining employment in local business 14% by 2018. 

Goal: 3
Create a coalition of community based and faith based non-profit organizations.

Implement free extra-curricular and after school programs in public and charter schools located in the 180th District by 2016.

Goal: 4
Organize training workshops, professional development seminars, and facilitate peer reviews with school officials, residents, and stakeholders.

Provide these services to 100% of the residents in the 180th District by 2020.

Goal: 5
Commission research analysis on issues in aid and development in the 180th District by conducting regular surveys/interviews with residents to identify “specific” needs for programs and services as well as gather statistical information about current and future programs that are of interest.

Based on the research and analysis, each year create and update a community resource manual and distribute to the residents in the 180th District.

IV. Who Am I?
I am a resident of Juniata, and a Human Services lead instructor in a post-secondary school. I am also the Executive Director of Dream Field Academy, a non-profit community organization dedicated to helping youth through academic enhancement, and leadership training and non-traditional sports such as golf, soccer, rugby and fencing.

I am a community activist determined to bring positive changes to the neighborhood. As a former Block Captain, I am constantly seeking solutions to empower the 180th District.

As a Human Service professional, Grant Writer, Entrepreneur, Instructor, Author, and Scholar; the “Vision” Plan was created for the sole purpose of providing effective programs and services to the residents of the 180th District.

I am the co-founder of the “180th Watchdog Coalition.” Our mission is to ensure that the elected officials of the 180th District and the District Attorney represent the needs and concerns of our residents by fulfilling the promises they made to our community during their political campaigns. It is our responsibility to monitor our elected officials and hold them accountable. Through the coalition’s efforts we’ve accomplished the following:

  • Currently working to implement a new traffic light and new lane at G Street and Wyoming Avenue.
  • “180th Watchdog Coalition” 2010-2011 Voter Registration Drive.
  • 1st annual “Keeping the Neighborhood Beautiful” clean-up day.
  • Provided Holiday Turkeys & Non-Perishable Food Drive for the holidays.

As the Executive Director of Dream Field Academy, a 501 (C)(3) mentoring program, I am humbled that my efforts in the 180th District and throughout Philadelphia are endorsed and supported by partnerships, affiliations and community  collaborations with the following individuals and organizations as follows:

1.  President Barrack Obama                     
2.  Citizens Bank
3.  United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania                        
4.  WOAR (Women Organized Against Rape)
5.  Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health & Mental Retardation
6.  Better Days
7.  Black Women in Sports Foundation
8.  Caregivers Choice Mentoring Program
9.  Daddy’s Right Here, Inc.

                        Released June 23, 2011                      Copyright 2011

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