By Merrie Benasutti, CHANCE Coordinator
These are just a few of the comments from the guest book of the CHANCE
five year anniversary celebration last week. The evening was an enjoyable gathering of community folks, students, CHANCE alums and University staff. The Cedar Cultural Center was the perfect setting with music provided by musicians from the West Bank School of Music and food catered by the Afro Deli.
Guests spoke of many ways that they have been inspired by CHANCE. They noted the variety of those involved, the weekly Somali conversation circle, CHANCE student leadership, and quality projects that are community-driven and inspiring energy!
We asked guests "What time is it now in Cedar Riverside?" The responses:
- It's time for action; development of neighborhood
- It's time for meaningful conversations
- It's time to build collaboration among neighborhood organizations
- It's time to better utilize existing resources
- It's time for building trust - create a culture of respect
- It's a hopeful time to engage youth further
- It's time to be supportive of one another breaking stereotypes
- It's a time of opportunity
"What will CHANCE be celebrating 5 years from now?" Guests shared these thoughts:
- Continued CHANCE collaborative engagement in Cedar Riverside
- New opportunities for partnership
- Educated and aware student and faculty community at the U of M
- Completion and successful transition of LRT
- More partnerships within the University (additional schools, students)
- CHANCE model of engagement in other neighborhoods
- Engaged CHANCE Alumni
- Success of new local businesses
We look forward to continued shared involvement in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, addressing community concerns and building an increasingly positive relationship between the University and the neighborhood.