parkhilltalks

#ParkHillTalks - Park Hill Branch Library

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#ParkHillTalks are small, conversational community meetings to cultivate change through the sharing of personal stories, recognition of shared interests, leadership, and organizing for action.


  • 8 attendees

  • Key topics

    • Education

      • School segregation

      • School resources

    • Emerging Adults/Youth Leadership

      • Building a sense of community in high school

      • Cultural differences

      • Volunteering

      • Business gentrification

    • Economics/Housing

      • Housing affordability

      • Community wealth

  • Outcomes

    • Attendees agreed to help plan and promote two more talks at each of the libraries in the community.

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#ParkHillTalks - House of Hair Barbershop - Part 6

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#ParkHillTalks are small, conversational community meetings to cultivate change through the sharing of personal stories, recognition of shared interests, leadership, and organizing for action.


Overview

We host #ParkHillTalks in places that people feel comfortable to share their experiences and stories. These are often places that people already congregate regularly.

In a barbershop, conversations occur about community. It’s a place that people return to on a regular basis to not only freshen their appearance, but also to develop friendships, talk about what’s impacting their lives, and ultimately building community.

#ParkHillTalks have unofficially been occurring in places like House of Hair Barbershop for as long as the neighborhood has existed. Bringing the structure of community organizing to the barbershop helps provide the platform to turn the conversations to action.

June 18, 2019

  • 15 attendees

  • Key topics

    • Economics/Housing

      • New development in the neighborhood

      • Community wealth

      • Housing affordability

      • Home ownership

  • Outcomes

    • Attendees agreed that it was time to take action and to host a community assembly around the issues that have been raised at the six barbershop meetings.

#ParkHillTalks - House of Hair Barbershop - Part 4

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#ParkHillTalks are small, conversational community meetings to cultivate change through the sharing of personal stories, recognition of shared interests, leadership, and organizing for action.


Overview

We host #ParkHillTalks in places that people feel comfortable to share their experiences and stories. These are often places that people already congregate regularly.

In a barbershop, conversations occur about community. It’s a place that people return to on a regular basis to not only freshen their appearance, but also to develop friendships, talk about what’s impacting their lives, and ultimately building community.

#ParkHillTalks have unofficially been occurring in places like House of Hair Barbershop for as long as the neighborhood has existed. Bringing the structure of community organizing to the barbershop helps provide the platform to turn the conversations to action.

April 16, 2019

  • 10  attendees

  • Key topics

    • Economic/Housing

      • Community wealth

      • Financial literacy

      • Impacts of reverse mortgages

      • Lack of support for minority owned small businesses

    • General Community Issues/Concerns

      • Loss of community history and connections

#ParkHillTalks - House of Hair Barbershop - Part 3

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#ParkHillTalks are small, conversational community meetings to cultivate change through the sharing of personal stories, recognition of shared interests, leadership, and organizing for action.


Overview

We host #ParkHillTalks in places that people feel comfortable to share their experiences and stories. These are often places that people already congregate regularly.

In a barbershop, conversations occur about community. It’s a place that people return to on a regular basis to not only freshen their appearance, but also to develop friendships, talk about what’s impacting their lives, and ultimately building community.

#ParkHillTalks have unofficially been occurring in places like House of Hair Barbershop for as long as the neighborhood has existed. Bringing the structure of community organizing to the barbershop helps provide the platform to turn the conversations to action.

March 19, 2019

  • 10  attendees

  • Key topics

    • Education

      • Opening schools to the community again - Community involvement

      • School choice

      • Quality of education

      • Accountability when students are displaced

    • Community Health

      • Mental health at schools

      • Social-emotional support after trauma

    • Juvenile Justice

      • Concern about Community Resource Officer presence over social workers

  • Outcomes

    • Attendees agreed to continue to organize for the next meeting.

#ParkHillTalks with Mayor Hancock - March 4, 2019

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#ParkHillTalks are small, conversational community meetings to cultivate change through the sharing of personal stories, recognition of shared interests, leadership, and organizing for action.


Troy Grimes speaks next to Mayor Hancock about issues facing Park Hill.

Troy Grimes speaks next to Mayor Hancock about issues facing Park Hill.

Denver’s Mayor Michael B. Hancock stopped by on Monday to see what #ParkHillTalks is all about. Along with the community, the Mayor discussed issues facing Park Hill and what his office is doing to recognize and work on each topic. The room was split into three different small groups that took time to express the personal experiences of the people that attended. The Mayor made time for each group, responding personally to each person about their concerns.

At the end of the meeting, Mayor Hancock agreed to stay involved with the conversations occurring in Park Hill and expressed a desire to replicate the talks in different communities across the city.

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  • 25 attendees

  • Key topics

    • Gentrification/housing affordability

    • Eduction

      • School equity

      • Segregation in Park Hill’s elementary schools

      • School choice

    • Emerging Adults/Youth Leadership

      • Needing to live with parents to afford Denver

      • Youth engagement/power

      • Cost of college

    • Economics

      • Competing with the demand for Denver’s jobs

      • Homelessness

  • Outcomes

    • Mayor Hancock agreed to stay engaged in the conversations and expressed the desire to see similar activities in other neighborhoods. He said he would reach out to Park Hill Collective Impact for technical assistance in assisting.

#ParkHillTalks Facilitation Training - January 8, 2019

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#ParkHillTalks are small, conversational community meetings to cultivate change through the sharing of personal stories, recognition of shared interests, leadership, and organizing for action.


Over 30 community members gathered to learn about the new efforts of organizing the community with #ParkHillTalks. Community power, voice, and participation was discussed, then attendees we taught how to facilitate meetings for themselves. Afterwards, they were asked to commit to hosting meetings around the community, including their homes, churches, barbershops, and anywhere else that community already congregates or would be comfortable to congregate in.

  • 30  attendees

  • Key topics

    • Education

      • School closures and school choice

      • Elementary school segregation

    • Economic/Housing

      • Gentrification/housing affordability

    • General Community Issues/Concerns

      • Lack of neighborhood social inclusivity

  • Outcomes

    • Attendees signed up and agreed to host and facilitate additional meetings throughout the year