Maywood Residents Participate in Workshop on Local Entrepreneurship and Community Wellness Co-Hosted by APA-IL Pro Bono Committee and PP4H
Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H) and a volunteer team of urban planners from the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-IL) engaged community members in visioning discussions about local entrepreneurship and community wellness for a thriving Maywood. More than 30 residents, local entrepreneurs, and business owners who attended the July 17 workshop shared their ideas for growing Maywood’s local economy and creating a community hub of opportunity for the entire Village.
PP4H would especially like to thank the Pro Bono Committee of the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-IL) for its leadership and collaboration organizing and co-facilitating the July 17th workshop. PP4H is honored to be selected by APA-IL as the winning applicant from across the state to receive expert urban planning assistance and workshop facilitation from a 7-person volunteer team of urban planners from across Chicago.
The PP4H and APA-IL team summarized what we learned in a report that captures community members' ideas, suggestions, and broad themes from the workshop. (A copy of the report can be found here.)
At its Fall Summit in November, PP4H facilitated roundtable discussions with coalition members, residents and business owners to further explore a mix of possible local retail and business ideas, entrepreneurial opportunities, and nonprofits that promote health and wellness. As we work to bring ideas to fruition for the Health Hub, PP4H will continue to engage residents in a community-driven planning and development process.
The Community Wellness Hub is advancing racial equity by creating opportunities through the first community-owned and operated space to incubate, develop and support social enterprises and small businesses for talented African American and Latinx Maywood residents. A collaboration of community partners and residents, the Wellness Hub will create a pathway for sustainable, systems change by supporting individuals’ career mobility, resident leadership, and seeding entrepreneurial opportunities. The Hub’s businesses, programs, services, and arts activities will be grounded in PP4H’s deep commitment to shared power where residents are integral leaders in co-designing and building an inclusive thriving economy.