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Diverse Word at the Dandelion Cafe

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).

 

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Diverse Word at the Dandelion Cafe

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).

 

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Polis Stakeholder Accountability Model

Polis Institute designs solutions to social problems by valuing the perspectives of everyone with a stake in addressing the problem. We serve our three stakeholder groups (Residents, Investors, and Service Providers) in a parallel process —as facilitator— in order to achieve goals that bring the greatest benefit to those directly impacted by the issue, often the local residents.

Residents - People who live in neighborhood, Investors - Those investing capital to help residents, Service Providers - professionals who provide support that work for smaller nonprofits

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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.

 

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MVP Families February Mid-Month Meeting

In May 2017 we began a mid-month MVP Families gathering for our MVP parents to focus on in-depth family goals and for the kids in our program to receive tutoring opportunities. We’re excited to be a part of this resident-led program and to help families in 32805 meet their academic, financial, and health and wellness goals.

Mid-month meetings are located at the POLIS office (1123 W. Conroy Street, Orlando, FL 32805) and happen from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. A light dinner is typically provided. If you’re interested in attending and live in the 32805 area, please contact us via shawn @ polisinstitute [dot] org.

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Diverse Word | Lake Lorna Doone

The Polis Institute hosts Diverse Word in West Lakes every Tuesday from 4pm-6pm as another way to engage community members in 32805. Diverse Word is an open mic night that houses everything from performance poetry to stand-up/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). Join us for the latest installment!

Diverse Word | Lake Lorna Doone

The Polis Institute hosts Diverse Word in West Lakes every Tuesday from 4pm-6pm as another way to engage community members in 32805. Diverse Word is an open mic night that houses everything from performance poetry to stand-up/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). Join us for the latest installment!

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Diverse Word | Lake Lorna Doone

The Polis Institute hosts Diverse Word in West Lakes every Tuesday from 4pm-6pm as another way to engage community members in 32805. Diverse Word is an open mic night that houses everything from performance poetry to stand-up/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). Join us for the latest installment!

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Diverse Word | Lake Lorna Doone

The Polis Institute hosts Diverse Word in West Lakes every Tuesday from 4pm-6pm as another way to engage community members in 32805. Diverse Word is an open mic night that houses everything from performance poetry to stand-up/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). Join us for the latest installment!

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Diverse Word | Lake Lorna Doone

The Polis Institute hosts Diverse Word in West Lakes every Tuesday from 4pm-6pm as another way to engage community members in 32805. Diverse Word is an open mic night that houses everything from performance poetry to stand-up/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). Join us for the latest installment!