NeighborUp new Kokomo Urban Outreach Initiative seeking interns

Connecting Neighbors to Neighbors

NeighborUP is an exciting new initiative of KUO with the goal of developing community by connecting neighbors to neighbors. Guided by the Asset Based Community Development(ABCD) model, like a pioneer, we will discover and map assets located within a specific geographical area. The idea is not look at the negatives as much as discovering the positives, the possibilities; making the invisible, visible.

Currently, there are four intern openings: NeighborUP Program Developer, NeighborUP Connector, NeighborUP Storyteller, and a NeighborUP Administration/Data Base Manager. This program is new and the internship will give participants experience with planning and starting a new non-profit program. Learn about program development, budgets, databases and Asset Based Community Development. Interns will work 15–20 hours per week and will receive room and board and a weekly stipend. Briefly, the program developer will work with the KUO staff with planning, fundraising, and grant writing to help the program begin. The Connector will listen to neighbors and record their thoughts, stories and assets. The storyteller will tell the stories using a variety of media(video, writing, social media, etc). The storyteller will also tell the story of KUO through the project. The Administrator and Database Manager will keep records and record neighbors assets. Interns, along with KUO staff, will map neighborhood assets and begin connecting neighbors. This is a project geared toward developing community. It works like this. The connector sits on Mable's porch and listens to her story. She is asked about what she likes to do, what is her passion; she might say gardening. The connector then asks who she/he should talk with next and Mable might say go talk with Jim. The connector talks with Jim and learns that he plays the banjo. The banjo player and gardener are neighborhood assets; names and assets are recorded in database. Over time the neighborhood is mapped and neighbors are connected. There could be a community garden where all who like to garden work together, or a musical group could be formed with those who like to play instruments. The storyteller tells the story of how the neighborhood is being connected and will record events and activities that come out of the shared experiences. If you know someone who might be interested have them call Jeff Newton at 765.461.9618 to arrange a meeting for more information. The time commitment we are seeking is 6–12 months.