Welcome home, Commons Community! This is a non-traditional housewarming party. Parties like this usually come complete with appetizers, drinks, and a tour of the homeowner’s sweet, new digs. But since our housewarming is all digital, we’re going to jump straight […]
As a core partner of Community Commons, the BroadStreet team is helping to re-envision and completely redevelop the Commons to become a more dynamic platform to empower those working on community change. Together, we have created a community-centric platform. This means CommunityCommons.org will be more than just a website for those wishing to improve their communities and build new data tools. It will be a platform that can be built upon (think plugins and integrations), a place of shared resources with carefully curated collections and user generated content, and a place for connecting.
Remember that time we said that a new Community Commons was just around the corner? Turns out it took several corners and a couple of hills to get there, but it’s really happening this time. We promise. On December 31, the old Community Commons will close and will reopen as a brand new, exciting site on January 7, 2019.
We believe in the power of storytelling and the importance of investing in the future by sharing those stories – whether they are stories of successful community ventures or lessons learned from stories of things you wish happened just a […]
Proviso Township experienced adult and childhood obesity rates much higher than national rates. There was no grocery store, and few goods and services were owned by black and Latino residents. There were also disparities in education, socioeconomics and health outcomes, and a significant number of formerly incarcerated residents trying to “get back on their feet.”
The need for resiliency is not an unknown problem in the United States, but in Laramie County, it became clear that to build resiliency, housing stability for local youth had to be first priority. After a Point-in-Time count was facilitated by those on the Strong Families action team of the Laramie County Community Partnership, the need was clear: there were too many homeless youth in Laramie County. The necessary resources to ensure safe and stable housing for youth were virtually non-existent.
For generations, Algoma students have graduated from high school and faced the decision to either leave Algoma and explore educational and job opportunities elsewhere, or to join the manufacturing labor force that has kept Algoma afloat for decades. Knowing that so much of the community’s legacy rests in the hands of its youth, Algoma leaders sought to pursue innovative strategies necessary to produce a culture shift.
On one evening, community members began comparing Pine Ridge to other reservations – Why weren’t they advancing like others? Why did Pine Ridge lack so much in so many areas? During ceremony, these young people were called into action and propelled to look beyond the poverty that was so ingrained on the Reservation, and instead look into systemic changes that could shift the wellbeing of their people.