On the Move’s Neighborhood Initiatives: Engaging Napa’s McPherson Neighborhood
Organization Name: McPherson Neighborhood Initiative via On the Move
Community building, shared work, greening, education; the McPherson Neighborhood Initiative, a program created by the nonprofit On the Move, has it all. This neighborhood initiative, which they have now started in other Napa County neighborhoods, combats multiple forms of inequity in this community:
Through an intensive partnership with McPherson Elementary School, OTM has established the McPherson Neighborhood Initiative. This effort has engaged over 3,400 neighborhood children, youth, young adults, parents, agency leaders and educators to dramatically shift the academic and professional trajectory of the neighborhood’s children.
This program combats social and economic development issues in this community. It is truly a community-based program where the residents of this neighborhood are involved at almost every level. With extensive partnership building, On The Move has been able to provide resources for the residents in this community as young as 5 years old at the elementary school all the way up to their parents. Through this place-based initiative they are able to tackle the issues that are specific to this community and this neighborhood. They are also able to provide local resources and cultivate community empowerment.
Through On The Move’s model of shared work, equal partnerships, empowerment and community building the McPherson Initiative is able to shift the trajectory of the neighborhood in terms of educational attainment as well as economic progress. In addition to helping the students at the elementary school create a community garden, this initiative also helps parents support their children in educational attainment.
This project is featured on UDPIN because it is community-centered: the community participates in it, are the key stakeholders, help keep the program alive, and give feedback about the results of the program. The place-based model is very effective for true community-based urban development because shared work is a great way to build community and make sure they are involved in and the forefront of any development in their neighborhood.