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June MVP Families Meeting

Through the combined efforts of Florida Citrus Sports in partnership with Lift Orlando, Florida Blue, and the Polis Institute, the newly established MVP Families program is seeking to engage families in the 32805 neighborhood. Program objectives include assisting students with college acceptance and scholarships, developing community leaders, strengthening the bonds between parents and children, connecting families with other families, and setting and achieving family goals.

Once a the month, leading up to the MVP summer camp next summer, a dinner will be prepared for and by MVP Families program participants. Child care will be provided, allowing space and opportunity for meaningful discussion among the adults in a holistic approach to community transformation. This month’s meeting will be on Monday, June 4th, 2018 at the Frontline Outreach Youth and Family Community Center (3000 C.R Smith St. Orlando, FL 32805) from 6:30-8:30pm. This will be the last meeting of the 2017-2018 school year — we’ll meet again when school starts back in September 2018!

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Job Oportuinties Available

The Polis Institute through a partnership with Americorps is looking for two motivated individuals to fill the following positions.

Academic Support Coordinator
  • Must be comfortable w/ students of all grade levels as prioritized by identified academic challenges
  • Connect students with academic resources to sustain academic progress
  • Must be able to develop relationships with the whole family
  • Strong social skills; able to motivate and support
  • Ability to identify student strengths
  • Assist student with developing study and organizational skills
  • Must attend MVP family night meetings (1 x monthly) and other community outings
Family Development Coach
  • Must have strong social engaging skills
  • Ability to help families develop short term goals
  • Able to develop a method of tracking family goals
  • Must be supportive; able to motivate and support
  • Able to connect families with other community resources
  • Maintain regular contact with families
  • Must attend MVP family night events (1 x monthly) and other community outings

You can find more information about this opportunity HERE or contact us at info@polisinstitute.org

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May Lunch & Learn: Orlando Neighborhood Improvement (MO CO-OP)

MO CO-OP (Metro Orlando Cooperative for Thriving Neighborhoods) is a membership association improving quality of life in distressed Central Florida neighborhoods. Each month the CO-OP covers a topic related to Asset-Based Community Development and shares lessons learned from the field. If you are involved in community work or would like to become involved, the CO-OP is a great place to meet-up with like minded individuals and organizations.

NON-MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. Current members include  LIFT Orlando, POLIS, Kaley Square, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Emmanuel Fellowship, St. Lukes United Methodist Church, South Street Ministry, and 306 Foundation.

Note on Parking: Please use the additional parking lot located on the southern side of the UP Campus. This parking lot is surrounded by a white, iron fence. The COOP Lunch & Learn will meet in Suite E.

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May MVP Families Meeting

Through the combined efforts of Florida Citrus Sports in partnership with Lift Orlando, Florida Blue, and the Polis Institute, the newly established MVP Families program is seeking to engage families in the 32805 neighborhood. Program objectives include assisting students with college acceptance and scholarships, developing community leaders, strengthening the bonds between parents and children, connecting families with other families, and setting and achieving family goals.

Once a the month, leading up to the MVP summer camp next summer, a dinner will be prepared for and by MVP Families program participants. Child care will be provided, allowing space and opportunity for meaningful discussion among the adults in a holistic approach to community transformation. This month’s meeting will be on Monday, May 7th, 2018 at the Frontline Outreach Youth and Family Community Center (3000 C.R Smith St. Orlando, FL 32805) from 6:30-8:30pm.

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Dignity Serves: Train the Trainer

This training is for those who have completed the regular Dignity Serves Training and are wanting to be certified to train others. Participants are provided with the Leader’s Guide that has additional information on each of the principles and how to guide others to come to their own conclusions and applications by exposure to the materials in the proper setting. This is the art of facilitation and this new skill can be applied in a variety of contexts.

Dignity Serves teaches a powerful new paradigm of service called ‘dignified interdependence.’ Taught from a Christian perspective, this 6 lesson study will give you a useful toolkit to apply in all areas of your life – home, office, church, and neighborhood.

Saturday, April 21st, from 2pm to 5pm. Attendees must have completed Dignity Serves prior to attending. There is a full training immediately before this Train the Trainer session if you would like to do both in one weekend (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dignity-serves-a-workshop-on-helping-others-tickets-44149878475?aff=es2).

Cost: $99

Led by Phil Hissom.

All training materials will be provided. There will also be snacks throughout the training and lunch on Saturday.

REGISTER BELOW

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Dignity Serves: A Workshop on Helping Others

Want to learn how to better help people in your life? Dignity Serves teaches a powerful new paradigm of service called ‘dignified interdependence.’ Taught from a Christian perspective, this 6 lesson study will give you a useful toolkit to apply in all areas of your life – home, office, church, and neighborhood. Want to experience less guilt and frustration trying to help people? This training is for you. It has helped thousands of people since it first hit the scene in 2008. Join us.

Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKQiJTL_OYM

Friday, April 20th from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday, April 21st, from 8:30am to 2pm. Attendees must attend all sessions.

Cost: $50

Led by Phil Hissom.

All training materials will be provided. There will also be snacks throughout the training and lunch on Saturday.

REGISTER BELOW

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April Lunch & Learn: Orlando Neighborhood Improvement (MO CO-OP)

MO CO-OP (Metro Orlando Cooperative for Thriving Neighborhoods) is a membership association improving quality of life in distressed Central Florida neighborhoods. Each month the CO-OP covers a topic related to Asset-Based Community Development and shares lessons learned from the field. If you are involved in community work or would like to become involved, the CO-OP is a great place to meet-up with like minded individuals and organizations.

NON-MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. Current members include  LIFT Orlando, POLIS, Kaley Square, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Emmanuel Fellowship, St. Lukes United Methodist Church, South Street Ministry, and 306 Foundation.

Note on Parking: Please use the additional parking lot located on the southern side of the UP Campus. This parking lot is surrounded by a white, iron fence. The COOP Lunch & Learn will meet in Suite E.

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Diverse Word at Lake Lorna Doone

We must learn to express ourselves and respect others voices if we hope to live in healthy and vibrant places. Diverse Word, the longest running open-mic night in Orlando, houses everything from performance poetry to stand-up and improv comedy. This night is and always will be FREE (though donations are accepted and appreciated to help fund our quarterly slam competitions and features). Diverse Work now has a weekly gathering at Lake Lorna Doone Park in an effort to further engage 32805 residents and high school students, serving as a safe space for artistic expression in their own neighborhood. With the help of several local poets, this effort now includes a quarterly poetry slam that draws artists near and far to the historic park. Join us for the latest installment!

 

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Diverse Word at Lake Lorna Doone

We must learn to express ourselves and respect others voices if we hope to live in healthy and vibrant places. Diverse Word, the longest running open-mic night in Orlando, houses everything from performance poetry to stand-up and improv comedy. This night is and always will be FREE (though donations are accepted and appreciated to help fund our quarterly slam competitions and features). Diverse Work now has a weekly gathering at Lake Lorna Doone Park in an effort to further engage 32805 residents and high school students, serving as a safe space for artistic expression in their own neighborhood. With the help of several local poets, this effort now includes a quarterly poetry slam that draws artists near and far to the historic park. Join us for the latest installment!

 

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Why Place Based?

In 2015, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, issued a statement that “a child’s life expectancy is predicted more by his ZIP code than his genetic code.” In the United States, the 12th richest country in the world, there are neighboring  ZIP codes that have a 20-year difference in life expectancy. That should give everyone pause. It should make us all ask why this is the case … and then move to do something to change it.

The most common factor in neighborhoods with relatively lower life expectancy is lower than average income levels. Low-income neighborhoods tend to have less healthy amenities (e.g. bike paths, sidewalks, access to fresh produce, parks, and exercise facilities), while also having more conditions that are antagonistic to health (e.g. factories, traffic, brownfields, and crime). Add to that mix the fact that opportunities for advancement are often stymied through chronic stress, overly restrictive housing and employment policies, and underperforming schools for the next generation.

“In the United States, there are neighboring ZIP codes that have a 20-year difference in life expectancy.
That should give everyone pause.”

And yet, these very neighborhoods are filled with people fully aware of their dignity and worth; people with talent and passion whose gifts are far too often neglected or ignored. This costs all of us something. This is precisely why place-based philanthropy is so vital — we need the people who live in these neighborhoods to be a part of strengthening our cities and making the world a better place.

This is an excerpt from our 2017 Annual Report.