Crime Prevention Program Vocal through St. Petersburg CONA

 

The Pinellas County Urban League, through the Black-on-Black Crime Prevention Program, participated in the 2012 Council of Neighborhood Associations’ (CONA) annual goal setting and planning session on February 4, 2012.  The activity, held at the SunCoast Hospice Center, 3050 1st Avenue South in Saint Petersburg, offers residents the opportunity to influence city priorities by working together and sharing the collective voice of all neighborhood associations.  Mayor Bill Foster set the tone for the meeting by thanking residents for their commitment to the city.  “We want people to love the city,” said Foster.  During his remarks, he stressed the need for more dialog, new ideas and a renewed energy to overcome many of the challenges created by the economic downturn that rippled through the global economy.

Represented by staff and BOBCPP Task Force member, Gershom Faulkner, the program and its constituents spoke in favor of increasing collaboration between CONA and youth groups as a way to strengthen community ties, further reduce crime rates and beautify communities through multiple small-scale projects.  Advocates for increasing neighborhood participation within the Council structure, session participants agreed that CONA must make a greater effort to reach the community with its message and then follow up with training, coaching and resource sharing for communities that need help organizing and managing an association.  Presently, only 32 of the city’s 74 neighborhoods are active within CONA.  The group identified the need to understand why communities fail to participate as a top priority.

Information about CONA is available from its website.  For more information on how the Black-on-Black Crime Prevention Program may assist you, please call (727) 328-1968. 

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Thanks SPC Midtown SGA

On Monday, November 7, 2011 BOB Staff presented before the Student Government Association of the St. Petersburg College Midtown Center.  The invitation came as a result of an introduction during the recent LAWFEST 2011 event held at the Center.  SGA member Jacquan Livingston began a conversation with staff and made the invitation.  Said Livingston, “We are all about making life better for the students here at SPC.  If you offer services that can make a difference, we need to know.”  The presentation provided the student-leaders with an overview of the League’s programs, history and purpose.  Staff demonstrated the relevance of the affiliate network and local programing during this current economic crisis.

Interested in learning more?  Staff will present to your group upon request.  Contact Michael Adekunle at (727) 328-1968 or madekunle@pcul.org.

 

Fathers and Education

Fathers can greatly impact the academic attainment of their children.  I am happy to see a magazine devoted to fathers, and the special issue deoted to education is inspirational.  Have a look by clicking on the cover, gain some insight and pass it along…