EAST ST LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

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Outreach Weekend Report

September 8-9, 2000

Quick Facts:

Seven Projects Accomplished:

Three Knowledge Based Activities:

Reports:

Adventures in Motivation

East St. Louis is making a conscious effort to bring the community together to advance and revive its infrastructure. One of the core ideas is to motivate and inspire the children in the community in positive directions, give them opportunities to show their talents and strive for accomplishment rather than take an undesirable road to destruction towards themselves and the community. One way they are achieving this goal was to give them an opportunity to play organized soccer. It was our task to help them help themselves revive three existing soccer fields prior to the beginning of the first game. We cut the grass, paint the lines and generally clean up the brush and debris on the site.

Alta Sita Community Development Corporation

One of the long-term goals the city of East St. Louis with University help has set is to revive and maintain the parks, which have been previously neglected. By helping the area residence in Alta Sita maintain Virginia Park we made a positive impact, which spreads through the neighborhood inducing community activity, spirit, and safety. It has been proven in the past that neighborhoods pull themselves together after seeing the positive results a project like this will reap. The project we focused on was general park cleanup and the restoration of an enormous flower bed in the center.

Bride of Christ Church

Rev. and Mrs. Prude had a calling to bring this old vandalized building into a place of worship. Through lots of love, patients, and elbow grease they, along with the help of the ESLARP project, have done just that. The church is currently thriving with new activity and every step counts. We helped them landscape around their newly installed sign, as well as help with several needed maintenance issues.

Illinois Avenue Playground Committee

By helping the area residence in East St. Louis with this playground we continue to leave a positive impact, which spreads through the neighborhood inducing community activity, spirit, and safety. It has been proven in the past that neighborhoods pull themselves together after seeing the positive results a project like this will reap. This project will give the children in this area a safe clean place to play. The project required general maintenance such as clearing brush, trimming bushes, and weeding play areas in the playground as well as in front of two abandoned houses across from this area.

Lansdowne Steering Committee

Students in this project helped the community by handing out flyers to help recruit new members to the Lansdowne Steering Committee. The more people recruited the more likely change will happen. Change in a positive community effort for safety and general well being.

Housing and Homeless Workshop & Urban Planning Workshop

Discussed with Urban Planning 260 small group.

Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities

ESLARP has been partners with this affiliation for the past 6 years in a continuous effort to bring heritage and culture to the East St. Louis area. This Center features a museum and an artesian village: help them expand their center by converting the basement into a usable community space. They also needed help with some extensive maintenance in the village. This was an opportunity to see and help improve a creative concept.

Photos from the weekend.

More photos.

Other photos collected by UP260 students.

Document author(s) : Jassen Johnson
Last modified: 10 October 2000, Deanna Koenigs
EAST ST LOUIS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT