RCHI Visual Report
By Kayla Davis
Created 2 years ago
This presentation is an overview of the Riverambee, Riverwest V. Harambee Community Clean up. We focused on the Healthy Neighborhood blocks between Concordia and Keefe from North to South and Fratney to Palmer from east to west.
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Slide 1 - Riverambee Clean The Hood Initiative
- Session 1: The Kickoff
- Youth Summer program created by Kayla Davis & Ruth Weill of Riverworks Development Center
Slide 2 - Purpose
- The initial purpose of the Riverambee Clean the Hood Initiative was to educate the youth in our community on the importance of caring for their neighborhood by hosting educational sessions, followed by neighborhood clean ups. By following this model and leading the youth in our community, we are hoping to instill these good habits into their daily regimen. As a kickoff to our five session summer program, we hosted the Riverambee Riverwest Vs. Harambee Clean Up, which was a great way to start off the summer and build momentum for future clean ups.
Slide 3 - Planning
- Because the Great American Cleanup fell within the timeline of our proposed summer youth program, we decided it would be ideal to host a clean up of our own focusing on both the Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods. Beginning early March, we began the introduction of the RCHI program, hosting focus groups, undergoing intensive planning with collaborators and youth and so much more. Since this day had so many moving parts, the planning process was a bit overwhelming, however the turnout was beautiful and everyone enjoyed their selves.
Slide 4 - Participants
- Marquette Students– 61
- Riverwest Residents- 14
- Holton Youth & Family Center Youth– 11
- Christ Redeemer – 10
- Riverworks Staff & Family- 8
- Harambee Residents – 6
- UWM Students – 6
- Public Allies – 5
- Teens Grow Greens- 4
- District 5 Police - 4
- AmeriCorps – 2
- Safe & Sound – 1
- Milwaukee County - 1
Slide 5 - The most crucial component to the RCHI program is our youth. The five session program was created to teach youth about land stewardship, cleanliness and working together to build a stronger, more beautiful neighborhood. On the morning of April 18th, 11 of our youth partners from Holton Youth & Family Center, and four of our youth partner’s from Charles Uihlein’s Teens Grow Greens Program, came and participated in our first session. During the cleanup, we were able to speak with youth about the importance of keeping our neighborhood clean and further spoke of more ideas for engagement and ways to involve other residents.
- “My block is dirty and I don’t like it, I try to clean it sometimes to make it better.” recalls Derriana, 11 of HYFC
- “I don’t mind cleaning up my neighborhood because I want it to be clean, and sometimes it makes people want to join
- once they see you doing something to better the neighborhood.” Shares Kearra, 14 of HYFC
- “ At first, I didn’t want to come out here, it was like 9 in the morning!” says Trayveon, 14, of HYFC
- “but it’s really not as bad as I thought, it didn’t even seem like a long time and we got a lot of trash up.”
- Bonding over Clean Streets
Slide 6 - Picking Up The Pieces
- A small group of the
- Marquette Students who came
- out to support the Riverambee Clean up
- Our fearless Public Allies beautifying
- our beloved West Concordia Ave.
- Scaling the blocks of Concordia, Buffum
- and Burleigh with the
- Holton Youth & Family Center.
- By 12:20pm, We collected a
- total of 80 bags of litter!
Slide 7 - The Groundbreaking Event
- At 1:00pm, directly following the Riverwest/Harambee cleanup, Riverworks Staff, Residents and a number of our tiny pals joined Victory Garden Initiative to implement the installation of the Beerline Orchard. By 3:30pm, 25 fruit and nut trees were planted along the Beerline trail, one plot near Holton & Townsend, and the other plot near Fratney and Concordia. Welcome home fruit trees!
Slide 8 - Forever in the Minds and Hearts
- of Our Volunteers
- “ I was super excited to hear about the orchard when Riverworks initially placed in the contest. It’s wonderful for more than just the fruit though- it brought many people from the community together to learn, work and connect with the earth.” Clair Sprenger Riverwest Resident
- “I was excited to plant trees with my mom and co-workers.” Bradley Page Age 6, La Escuela Fratney student
- “It was great to see all of the HYFC teens participating. Special shout out to Lamontae and Toejoe for getting all those teens up and out!” – Damien Smith Safe & Sound
- "Having a clean neighborhood is important to taking pride in one's community. I'm proud to be working with so many other to make Harambee and Riverwest the best communities in Milwaukee. And it was fun! #teamharambee“ – Rick Banks HGNI LISC AmeriCorps Member