St. Louis Action Research Project
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|On the weekend of March 7-8, 106 students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign traveled to East St. Louis, Illinois to assist neighborhood organizations and non-profits with a variety of projects.|
Carver Community Center
Students from Professor Mike Andrejasich’s Architecture 372 worked with Rev. Andrew Jackson and members of the North End Church on the Carver Community Center. The purpose of this project is to rehabilitate an old school into a community center for area residents.
A great deal of painting, scraping, and plastering was accomplished over the weekend; students will continue to work on this project over the course of the spring. The U of I students wish to thank the members of the Carver Community Center for providing breakfast and lunch.
Olivette Park Lot Cleanup
Students from Professors Brian Orland and Stephen Wierzbowski’s studio cleared two badly overgrown lots strewn with trash in Olivette Park.
Jackie Joyner Kersee Center Site Visit
These students also conducted a thorough site visit for their studio project—the Jackie Joyner Kersee Center in Lansdowne. Students also talked to East St. Louis children about their studio project.
Resource Manuals for ESL-NTAC
Students from Professor Ken Reardon’s Neighborhood Planning course conducted interviews and research for a series of resource manuals they are producing for the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center. These manuals will provide neighborhood groups and non-profits with critical information regarding affordable housing, non-profit management, community center development and community organizing.
Alta Sita Mini-Park
Members of the Federation of Christian Athletes worked on a variety of projects in the Alta Sita Neighborhood, including creating flower beds in the local mini-park and cleaning up an abandoned lot.
Mt. Sinai Youth Service Computer Center
ESLARP staff installed new computer hardware and software at the Mt. Sinai Youth Service Computer Center as part of the Youthlink initiative.
|Women from Wartburg College, Iowa, spent alternative
spring break in East St. Louis painting, scraping, and cleaning for
the Winstanley/Industry Park Neighborhood Organization.
Our thanks to all of the students and residents that participated in the weekend projects. The remaining fall community outreach weekends are scheduled for April 4-5, April 18-19, and May 2-3. Contact Angie Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
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East St. Louis Action