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Save the Date: May 3-4, 2017

One Linda Vista Community Forum:

"Community Collaborations & Deepening Pathways"

 

May 3rd: 3:00-6:00pm at the University of San Diego

3:00-5:15pm: Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Rooms A&B

5:15-6:00pm: Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Garden of the Sea

The first day of the One Linda Vista Community Forum will focus on institutional and stakeholders collaborations in the Linda Vista community, the successes and challenges in community collaborations, and how to join and deepen existing pathways. The event will feature Keynote Speaker USD President James Harris III with comments from Dr. Zachary Green, San Diego Western Police Department's Captain Connelly, and Impact Linda Vista Initiative co-directors Kim Heinle and Kevin Guerrieri. The event will be emceed by Montgomery Middle School principal, Stephanie Brown. Please join us for a reception to follow at the KIPJ Garden of the Sea at 5:15pm.

 

May 4th: 5:00-8:00pm at Bayside Community Center

5:00-8:00pm: 2202 Comstock St., San Diego, CA 92111

The second day of the One Linda Vista Community Forum will focus on the role of grassroots leaders in creating community collaborations and deepening pathways within the Linda Vista community. The event will feature presentations by community members on their projects and initiatives in Linda Vista that work to strengthen and improve the neighborhood, including garden collaborations, Montgomery Family Dinners, and beyond. The second half of the event will feature MY STORY, the inspirational event that features the stories of the Linda Vista community, from residents to Mesa College and USD students, from institutional icons to school founders, and beyond. The event will be emceed by Turn Around Youth Foundation founder and director, Sharon Larios. Please join us for a potluck to follow at 7:30pm.

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One Linda Vista: Community Resilience to Domestic Violence

As the second event in the ongoing OLV Community Resilience series, the One Linda Vista Community Resilience to Domestic Violence picked up where the Community Resilience to Gang Violence left off. Thanks to the collaboration of Bayside Community Center, University of San Diego (USD), Montgomery Middle School, Turn Around Youth (TAY) Foundation, and San Diego Western Police Department (SDPD), the event focused on bringing attention to domestic violence. The event was hosted at Montgomery Middle School and had more than 30 attendees. The community was informed of the statistics and realities of domestic violence by presentations from TAY and SDPD, as well as provided with resources and agencies to support victims of domestic. Given Linda Vista’s demographic layout with a sizeable portion of residents being migrants, the challenges of reporting domestic violence were discussed. Community Resilience to Domestic Violence therefore included a discussion on the strategies and avenues through which community can report domestic violence and victims can seek support.

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One Linda Vista: Community Forum Workshop

In preparation for the 2nd Annual One Linda Vista Community Forum in May 2017, a workshop was held in December 2016 to begin planning for the forum. The workshop provided the Linda Vista community with an opportunity to share their voice and opinion on the upcoming forum’s focus. One key theme that emerged was the idea of showcasing the community collaborations that help drive Linda Vista forward, as well as discussion on how to deepen those pathways and increase their accessibility to the community. That notion is the focus of the 2nd Annual OLV Community Forum: Community Collaborations and Deepening Pathways. The 75 attendees at the planning workshop were also given an update on OLV happenings and progress since the 2015 Annual Forum, and the movement’s impact on the community.

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One Linda Vista: Community Resilience to Gang Violence

The One Linda Vista: Community Resilience to Gang Violence event came as a result of increasing incidences of gang violence and gang presence in Linda Vista. It embodied the spirit of OLV, built on the collaboration between Bayside Community Center, the University of San Diego (USD), the San Diego Western Police Department (SDPD), and Turn Around Youth (TAY). Hosted at Bayside with 30 attendees, the event centered around utilizing community assets to address gang violence and increase safety and security in the neighborhood. Presentations from USD and TAY, as well as testimonies from former gang members in attendance, focused on identifying strategies to unite the community around the concern instead of marginalizing it. One key recommendation put forth as a means to move forward on the matter was increasing the number of and access to after school programs to engage youth at an early age.  

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One Linda Vista: 1st Annual Community Forum

The 1st Annual One Linda Vista Community Forum was held in December 2015 at Bayside Community Center. Nearly 125 people attended the event, which featured discussions around the role and significance of grassroots leaders, institutions, and stakeholders in uniting the Linda Vista community. It showcased the efforts of the Cooperative Leadership Academy students following their first full semester auditing classes at the University of San Diego (USD). Keynote speakers included USD President James Harris III, District 7 City Councilmember Scott Sherman, and representatives from several other elected officials’ offices. The first episode of the OLV Documentary was shown, featuring the role of various community leaders in Linda Vista. The forum’s take away question for attendees asked, “How will you get involved?”

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Bayside Community Center: Leadership Academy

Bayside Community Center’s Leadership Academy shaped the formation of One Linda Vista (OLV). Through the Cooperative Leadership Academy (CLA) and Resident Leadership Academy (RLA), residents were provided with the opportunity to study at the University of San Diego in an effort to deepen their wisdom, develop strategies, and sharpen advocacy skills to improve the quality of life in the Linda Vista community. They then grounded this academic knowledge in tangible action plans through weekly meetings at Bayside.

These programs provided a platform for discussion on the issues that the grassroots leaders in Linda Vista wanted to address such as education, housing, food security, and beautification of the community (gardens, parks, clean up days, etc). These discussions motivated the grassroots leaders to reach out to various institutions and community members in order to identify the ways to improve the quality of life in Linda Vista. One Linda Vista was born through the participants and as a result of these programs.

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One Linda Vista: Yoga

One Linda Vista Yoga was the first official OLV event. Held in December 2014 at Bayside Community Center, the event was designed to connect community members through yoga, music, and massage therapy. The event drew 15 community members, ranging from senior citizens to University of San Diego students, and beyond. The first ever One Linda Vista event was a healthy expression of what it means to be community.

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