Saturday, October 26, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
On Walks To Maywood School, Conflicts Down, Caring Up
One morning during this school year, an adult male driving a van near Irving Middle School 805 S. 17th Ave. in Maywood, tried luring who he thought was a 13-year-old into his vehicle. The teenager turned out to a 23-year-old employee of a program hatched and implemented by parents and community organizations in order to avoid just this scenario.
“The worker radioed me, I called the police and they ended up catching him on 23rd and St. Charles,” said Antonette Dorris, the program director for Smart Routes to School — a pilot initiative that launched during the 2019-20 school year. “When all of that happened, we executed what we had been trained to do, but when I got home and my coworker told me, ‘Do you realize what happened today?’ I just lost it. That really could’ve been a 13-year-old girl.”
Testimonies to the success of the Smart Routes to School program have been piling up ever since the program was launched in the fall, District 89 officials and community members have said.
The program is the brainchild of District 89 parents who sit on the Safety and Violence Prevention Committee, an offshoot of the Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership — a faith-based social justice nonprofit based in Maywood. Continue to full article in the Village Free Press.
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.
The PP4H and the APA-IL team is now summarizing what we have learned from community members. We will share a report that captures community member’s ideas, suggestions, and the broad themes that emerged from the evening’s discussions. In the fall, PP4H plans to reconvene interested residents and business owners who live, work, and play in Maywood to review the report. As we work to bring ideas to fruition, PP4H will continue to ask residents to envision transformational community-driven development in future workshops.
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.
¡Si se puede! Yes we can! Over the last several months, our CSPL Safety and Violence Prevention Committee has been working with our partners to start a Smart Routes to School program in Maywood and Proviso Township in order to ensure that children in the area can walk safely to and from school on a daily basis. After months of strategizing, organizing petitions and support, meeting with our local officials and showing up to local town meetings, we have great news to share! Last week the governing bodies of Proviso Township, School District 89 and the Village of Maywood each voted to approve funding to support the start of the Smart Routes to School Pilot Program. This program will start at the beginning of this upcoming school year in August 2019!
From the Village Free Press - Sunday, March 24, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
A group of parents in Proviso Township have taken the safety of their children in their own hands with a project next school year that they hope will make it safer for students in Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview District 89 to get to and from school.
Marche Williams, a parent of two young boys in D89, said that the idea came about after he and a group of other D89 parents started to meet about some of the district’s most pressing challenges.
“The biggest topic was the children’s safety, [particularly around Irving Middle School, 805 S. 17th Ave. in Maywood],” he said during a recent interview. “The parents agreed that we’d make that our starting point for our Safety and Violence Prevention Committee.” Continued at The Village Free Press
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