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Fighting Poverty with Passion

Field Report: Urban Research and Outreach/ Engagement Center

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place”

– George Bernard Shaw


Communicate, meet, plan, and action….these are some of the ways that ideas are heard, plans are implement and actions executed. Over February and March 2012, Cathy and I have tabled at different events such as NAAPID (National African American Parent Involvement Day). The most recent event was at MCTC (Minneapolis Community and Technical College) for Community Involvement Day. This event was focused on giving students a chance to find volunteer opportunities at different organizations in Minnesota. This was by far our most successful tabling events! Students were coming up to our table left and right. I was just overall surprised that we received so much participation in this event from students who wanted to volunteer without any incentives, just plain old personal satisfaction (and maybe a mention on perhaps a résumé).


Presently we are planning and working on hosting the UROC 2nd Annual Summer Resource Fair


This fair was created out of a conversation between our supervisor, UROC Community Liaison, Makeda Zulu-Gillespie and another parent. There are a lot of parents who need to be aware of all the summer activities and programs that are out there. Parents are some of the busiest and craziest people I have ever met. I could not imagine working and keeping up with all of the obligations of the world we as people get tied up into. PLUS, keeping that all in mind while trying to feed, clothe, shelter, school and nurture another human being or beings, and then on top of that remembering to plan an entire summer…So yeah, this fair is definitely meeting the needs of the average super busy parent who just might have forgotten that summer is coming soon, enrollment is filling up and scholarships are going fast!


Also this is an event for the kids, elementary to high school (Note: anyone who is younger than me is a “kid”), to find something constructive to do during the summer. We want to give kids a chance to be stimulated and engaged while out of school. If you were ever a kid that never had anything to do all summer, then you can relate and agree that it’s absolutely BORING! As of right now we are approaching approximately 25 organizations/programs that will showcase their summer programs at this event.



I love N Mpls! 612!


-Brittany M. Lane, TNVNET AmeriCorps VISTA, Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center, University of Minnesota


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Notes from the field from the AmeriCorps VISTA team at Tulane University.


This entry was posted on March 23, 2012 by in Uncategorized.


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