Following the kick-off event in July, the participants returned to their neighborhoods to work together as teams on their prototype ideas for helping to make their neighborhoods safer from violence and deportation. The teams spent six weeks working together – navigating schedules, planning meetings and collaborating around different points of view and thoughts. On August 25, they came back together in the social lab setting to report on progress.

 
 

Reconnect, Review Progress, Receive Feedback

The teams gathered together to review progress on the development of their prototypes. The day-long studio offered participants an opportunity to catch their breath, reconnect with the entire social lab team and identify any changes that needed to be made to their prototypes or how they are working together as a neighborhood team.

 

Teams shared their stories, highlighted wins and identified any blocks or barriers that have impacted their progress. With guidance from the facilitators and input from other teams and invited guests, the teams left energized, resourced, motivated and clear on what they need to do to move their projects to the presentation date on September 29.

COMMUNITY TEAMS

LITTLE VILLAGE CHALLENGE 1: Parent/Family school engagement in Little Village

 
LITTLE VILLAGE CHALLENGE 1 Full Service Schools.jpg

Challenge Statement:

How can parents and families from Little Village be effectively engaged and lead the fight to create and/or sustain full service schools in the community that function as safe havens for families impacted by prejudice and discrimination, manifested as lack of resources, funding inequities and a broken system?

LITTLE VILLAGE CHALLENGE 2: Parent/Family school engagement in Little Village

 
LITTLE VILLAGE CHALLENGE 1 Full Service Schools.jpg

Challenge Statement:

How can parents and families from Little Village be effectively engaged and lead the fight to create and/or sustain full service schools in the community that function as safe havens for families impacted by prejudice and discrimination, manifested as lack of resources, funding inequities and a broken system?

AUSTIN CHALLENGE 3: Love in Austin

 
AUSTIN CHALLENGE 2 Austin Love.jpg

Challenge Statement:

How can we work together to get in touch with those who are unloved to prevent actions of violent behavior?

 

AUSTIN CHALLENGE 4: Community Food Initiative

 
AUSTIN CHALLENGE 3 Community Food Initiative.jpg

Challenge Statement:

How can we address the lack of healthy food in Austin and the impacts on mental wellness, which can trigger violence, drug abuse and alcohol addiction?

LITTLE VILLAGE CHALLENGE 5: Legal support and rapid deportation response in Little Village

 
LITTLE VILLAGE CHALLENGE 4 Rapid Response.jpg

Challenge Statement:

How can we organize families to be protected, informed, supported and empowered to fight back against policies and ICE who target undocumented individuals with criminal records who are most prioritized by the current administration?

BRIGHTON PARK CHALLENGE 6: Developing neighborhood resilience in Brighton Park

 
BRIGHTON PARK CHALLENGE 5 Legal Support.jpg

Challenge Statement:

How can we help undocumented/low income families receive free legal and mental health services in Brighton Park?