TWIR 03/27/2016

This was an eventful week for the NCR 594 Project. Monday was the first official outing for the project when I took part in the CSUDH Community Engagement Symposium You can read about that here).  On Friday I participated in a grant writing workshop sponsored by Assemblymember Tom Gipson (more info here).

I met Assemblymember Gipson’s Field Representative Roxanna Gracia for the first time at the workshop and was finally able to put a face to the name. Roxanna has been very proactive in offering assistance. I would also like to thank Mark Lomeli, the Assmblymember’s District Director, for answering an email I sent and referring me to Roxanna. I am grateful to the Assemblymember’s staff for being so responsive.

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The grant writing workshop was hosted by the Providence Community Health Wellness and Activity Center. I had the opportunity to speak with Rafael Garcia, their Community Outreach Supervisor. He explained to me that Providence is sponsoring a leadership development program of their own. Their program will be focused on alleviating the isolation of young mothers from the community at large. Though their program has different objectives I do not believe the two projects are mutually exclusive. I hope to speak further with Rafael and his colleagues to see if it is possible for us to assist each other.

I  ran into my old pal Robert Trani from the United Wilmington Youth Foundation at the workshop. We spent some time talking and he took me around Wilmington to show me some of the things he has been working on. I am hopeful that we can work together on some interesting projects in the future.

It has been a very fruitful week. I met people. I got a better idea of what is happening in the community. Hopefully I have made some new friends. Most importantly, I have not been discouraged from the idea that the project I am working will provide some utility in the community of Wilmington.

-Leo

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