EAST ST LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

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October/November 2000

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FALL OUTREACH WEEKENDS

This fall over 140 University of Illinois volunteers worked alongside local residents and members of various nonprofit groups on two outreach weekends.

Some of the projects included: preparing three soccer fields for league play, refurbished two parks, landscaped and painted at a local church, door-to-door outreach in two neighborhoods, refurbished the Dunham Center Artisanal Village, worked with a children's organization on educational and social issues, worked at a shelter to learn associated problems with the homeless, etc.

Read more about the weekends at: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/update/index.htm#outreach

ESLARP STUDENT VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION (SVO)

ESLARP now has a Registered Student Organization. The ESLARP Student Volunteer Organization was started by Jasson Johnson, ESLARP's Outreach Weekend Coordinator. Jasson saw the need for a larger student presence within ESLARP. Currently, Jasson and Janni Sorensen, ESLARP Research Assistant and UP260 TA, are the SVO officers. In addition to the many benefits the SVO will bring to ESLARP, the organization will play a key role in making the Outreach Weekend process more efficient.

Some of the activities of the ESLARP SVO will include: helping ESLARP with outreach weekend preparation, qualifying for RSO funding, and hosting fundraisers.

We hope to see the SVO grow alongside ESLARP. Interested students should contact Jasson at johnson4@uiuc.edu.

COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS TOUR EAST ST. LOUIS

On Friday, November 10, 2000 ESLARP hosted the College of Fine and Applied Arts Administrative Council and other select administrators from the UIUC campus on a day-long trip to East St. Louis. The group met with the staff of ESLARP's Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center (NTAC) at their ESL office. Cathy Klump, Craig Miller and LaTonya Webb took the group on a tour of many ESL neighborhoods, highlighting areas where ESLARP has had a large impact on residents. The tour ended at noon with a BBQ lunch at the Emerson Park Development Corporation. Don Johnson (ESL developer) and Vickie Forby (Director, EPDC), both UIUC graduates, spoke to the group about the impact they have had on ESL during the past 10 years. Following lunch, Vickie Forby and Kathy Haywood hosted a tour of the Emerson Park neighborhood. The day wrapped up with a tour of the Katherine Dunham Center for Arts and Humanities and a round table discussion of their programs hosted by Jeanelle Stovall.

GETTING EAST ST. LOUIS WIRED

The following excerpt is from a Champaign News Gazette article about ESLARP and Prairienet teaming up to create public computer access sites in East St. Louis.

excerpt: "The idea: Help neighborhood activists in East St. Louis create projects to change their community, using computerized tools ranging from mapping software to models for predicting the impact of new businesses.

Trouble was, University of Illinois officials realized, few folks in East St. Louis where more than half the residents live below the poverty level and unemployment is near 30 percent had access to the Web, or to a computer, or had computer skills.

...In East St. Louis, Prairienet will be setting up at least four public access sites at a youth center, two churches and the UI's technical assistance center office that can be used for public Internet access and as computer training labs..."

Read on...http://www.newsgazette.com/story.cfm?Number=8108

DOWN ON THE RIVER

A group of University of Illinois students is making waves in East St. Louis. The following excerpt is from the September 2000 Planning Magazine Article, written by Kenneth Reardon, on the history of the East St. Louis Action Research Project.

excerpt: ""The last thing we need," she said at our first meeting, "is another university person coming to East St. Louis to tell us what any sixth grader here already knows." At our second meeting, Miss Davis indicated that she and EPDC might consider working with us-provided we agreed to the following guidelines, which my students and I came to refer to as the "Ceola Accords.""

Read more about ESLARP's history at: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/news/planning10-00.html


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Document author(s) : Deanna Koenigs
Last modified: 14 November 2000, Deanna Koenigs
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