Here's what we have in the works:
Sat. 3/1, 10am – We all have problems that we’d like to see addressed, whether it’s on our own block or city-wide. We’ll start this Saturday with how to begin crafting a proposal to address that problem. We like to call it a "constructive solution.” Once you’ve got your solution ready, you need to present it to the proper governing body. We’ll take you there too. RSVP here.
Sat. 3/8, 2pm – Knowledge is power, right? Another way to solve problems is to call attention to them. People can’t fix what they don’t know is broke. This is where Citizen Journalism comes in. We’ll talk about the various ways that you can use your own blog, the local newspapers, or social media to share what’s happening with your neighbors, or advocate for an issue. RSVP Here.
Sat. 3/15, 2pm – Trenton has over a dozen appointed boards and commissions, many with vacancies, just waiting for you to apply. These boards have direct access to funding or decision-makers on specific issues within the City. For example, the Trenton Planning Board determines what a neighborhood will look like – whether it will be filled with homes or stores, etc. We’ll talk about what these boards do, and how to increase your chances of being appointed. RSVP here.
Sat. 3/22, 2pm – So you know there is a Republican and Democratic party. But do you know what it is that they do? This week we’ll touch upon the powers of these two parties and how you can become part of the decision-making process on what candidates get the party support & funding, and what side of the issues they party will stand on. RSVP here.
We’ll continue to meet on Saturday mornings with a working group of participants who want to start tackling issues using what they learned. We have coaches and experts lined up to help lend advice and best practices for what has worked in other communities.
We’re ready. Are you?
For more information about this empowerment series or our work in Trenton, please visit www.ImpactTrenton.org.