Regional VOICE Data Report: Promise Neighborhood

Aggregate data from Regional VOICE sessions held in the Promise Zone in Vanderburgh County, IN in 2021-22.

Hosted at/with: Evansville African American Museum, Dream Center, Lodge Community School, Glenwood Leadership Academy, Lincoln School, Washington Middle School, North Jr. High School, EVPL (with Talent 2025), Young & Established, EVPL (with Evansville Youth City Council, Brown Girls Brunch Group, EVPL (bilingual session), Bosse High School, Potter’s Wheel, Boys & Girls Club of Evansville

Total Sessions

Total Participants

NOTE: Demographic data were estimated for some groups of children. Some data were not avaialble.

Visions from Evansville African American Museum Session

  • Sense of belonging for all residents
  • LGBTQ+ will have their own schools
  • electricity power grids will be limited – oil lamps, flash lights, candles will be in high demand
  • government: rights, law, study our youth
  • children having the opportunity to truly learn in their community- from others
  • economic development, youth, housing, youth mentorship, tech center
  • healthcare is easily accessible for all, where young people don’t have to struggle to find healthcare options or healthy foods
  • how can we be what we are if we aren’t willing to share who we are?
  • Connectivity within communities, education components for the youth through mentoring, housing, friendly neighborhoods
  • cashless society will be the new wave to buy and sell items
  • hand: the city, the bus (open, welcoming, receiving–when the bus stops, people get off and feel this): the thumb: church, faith, trust, fingers: hospitals, clinics, schools
  • All students attend a high quality school. ALL residents want ALL students to attend a quality school.
  • Theater Diversity, everyone participate, for all races
  • avg credit score is 750; no racism, high wage jobs, I-69 completed Mexico to Canada
  • accessible transportation
  • senior citizens will have their own pruvate commuinties with easy access to stores parks transportation and medical clinics
  • community garden- hunger is real- not in our neighborhood- learn for future presevation
  • tech center to teach kids how to turn one another on – the youth is our foundation
  • Schools open to everyone- all ages- affordable- free lunches
  • All teachers utilize trauma informed teaching, so ALL students feel respected and love and ALL schools have a safe and orderly environment, so learning is optimized.
  • a safe healthy and accessible place for kids to get an live and get an education
  • stresslessness for our kids–not worried about falling behind, about money, about food, about safety, or about violence, allowing them to learn, experience joy, focus on opportunity, feel supported, feel more part of a family, experience friendship & love, experience health, and believe in their own ability
  • Judson transformed with beautiful landscaping, diversity, a true community, everyone looking out for each other, like the Flower Man Book. Ideal
  • street will set the standards for other streets/ neighborhood.
  • counties connected for travel by ferry boat,s railway, buses, motor bikes
  • schools that retain and support all students
  • attraction to draw people to town
  • Rainbow- associated with pride as well as represents inclusion for everyone
  • No more drug problems
  • open-door policy, community-oriented city
  • industry, jobs, childcare so people can work
  • Tech Center for all ages, Health center, grocery store with fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • easier access to already available resources
  • Pride in the neighborhoods
  • easily accessible walkways for all, including sidewalks and bike lanes
  • zero waste community that focuses on renewable energy
  • safe neighborhoods
  • people going back and forth across the bridge
  • not forgetting about elderly population–better access to home care
  • community hubs – for race, culture, religion, and education knowledge
  • Every neighborhood should be beautified. All trash is cleaned up. Blighted houses are gone. Houses are repaired. Children have access to clean living spaces. This is something everyone will be proud of. Community gardens should be everywhere. Garden grow fruits and vegetables in addition to flowers. Create something the entire neighborhood/region will be proud of for years to come.
  • nice affordable housing
  • more volunteer programs for youth to connect them to and involve them in community
  • community model is we, function as 1- one neighborhood, 1 community, extended family
  • a way to tie together youth and elderly
  • see downtown grow
  • more businesses opening than closing
  • Affordable and safe housing for the elderly
  • students learning everywhere, not just in the building- tree house, mini-library
  • access to all religion will be acceptable
  • bus to access all services & opportunities
  • sports complex & cultural center & health center
  • less waste
  • community knows each other- police with community- neighbors- learn by example
  • all evsc schools are A+; all students graduate; students can read entering kindergarten, safe spaces for youth
  • mixed income neighborhoods
  • parks and open spaces: people don’t use much around here, barbeque, shelters, brings people together more outdoor opportunities
  • sense of community- a place where everyone can safely go with family/ pets

 

Visions from Dream Center Session

  • I did the bike racks along Main Street. I spray painted them and everything. I didnt ask for permission. I just did it.
  • Take a book, leave a book places
  • Family night at a center or something just for moms to go
  • neighborhood needs to be cleaned up. House on the ally had caught on fire. Still there, not repaired or removed.
  • Non food businesses along North Main Street
  • Fares Avenue to be turned into better housing or a rest area for travelers down 41.
  • Candy store. Sweet Schmitts is leaving.
  • Commercial spaces that are not bars.
  • The old North High School building to be made into a community center on weekends for Sports (football, basketball, tennis, etc.)… Arts (music, painting, designs, etc.)
  • have a basketball facility
  • Neighborhood is full of art, music and fun.
  • Grocery store or some access to fresh foods
  • Infrastructure is for people and residency, not for auto and outsiders, a lot of green space.
  • happiness
  • more fresh food resources
  • teen center for board games, dances, basketball court
  • Or possibly one of the abandoned or forgotten businesses turned into candy store or toy store or clothing store that is ran by children but supervised by businessmen.
  • green space for community gardens
  • Commerse that is locally owned
  • Use old buildings or tear them down. Like the old Burger King building.
  • a cafe in the libary
  • kids playing outside more, feelign safe to play outside
  • Vibrant main street corridor – mix of homes and businesses, uniquer architecture
  • neighborhood grocery with fresh produce
  • More presence of city leaders in the neighborhood/better communication from City Leaders
  • Jacobsville leaders in sustainablity in wind and solar, relieve stress of neighbors for power bills.
  • Revitalize and capitalize on Garvin Park an asset
  • a Daddy & me group
  • grocery store
  • recycling center
  • Shakespeare (or other plays) in the Park
  • more trash receptacles along main street from Oregon st to garvin park; abandoned cars hauled away; empty houses torn down; build new homes like they do on SE side of Evansville
  • Develop a currancy so people can trade amongst one another so they can build community wealth
  • Hahn building be restored as much as possible but make an archery or firing range to teach children the proper way to handle such weapons.
  • Parking garage in the empty ‘flea market’ area on Morgan and Heidelbach with a walk-over to Bosse field to build up our baseball team.
  • Kids dont have access to computers. They need a place to go for access.
  • Better dissemination of community information/community meetings/more forum to collect citizen voices
  • For the baseball fields for our children at Garvin’s Park to have better parking and driving abilities so that more can attend and support our children.
  • clean streets
  • Place where visions and passions become realitity. Expressed in real life
  • Empty Lots be turned into block gardens for children in the elderly.
  • Put a basketball court at Dream Center.
  • Leave a Book/Take a Book – Little Libraries
  • Diverse commerce
  • universal kitchen place
  • family center for everyone
  • business along North Main Street
  • Parks and/or neighborhoods have periodic emergency call boxes with phones
  • For businesses and neighbors to get together in a joint effort to help clean up and beautify our areas both the businesses and the neighbors properties.
  • having a place that hires second change employees
  • heavy trash pickup. The new system is not working. We called and they are not picking stuff up.
  • More affordable housing
  • more street lights
  • be able to talk to a few people who can get something done quickly
  • Dog park, walkble neighborhoods (improved sidewalks)
  • less blight
  • If we make an efforr to call, it should be done. No one is coming right now. It hinders keeping our property clean.
  • maintain trashcans in neighborhood, no litter
  • Could be applied regional Connectedness with people, that neighbors know and love one another, show love, community and belonging, Feel safe to be themselves.
  • Grocery Stores – no more food desert – so people don’t have to travel to get food – reasonably priced grocery prices
  • community for single fathers
  • Trash pickup in the alleys. There are couches and chairs
  • Places for kids to go and do activities
  • crime prevention techniques such as lights and barriers
  • Grocery Store in the neighborhood
  • medical center. Everyone is moving east
  • The Burger King building to be one of the police helping children neighborhood meeting place.
  • concrete business – fenced work yard – would be nice if it was screened so it wasn’t an eyesore.
  • library
  • Food reuse depot. If something is about to go bad on anyone’s shelf, it is turned into a stew
  • Fresh food opportunities.
  • Regain a putt putt golf course in Jacobsville.
  • Pro-environmental green space
  • needs to be in a business area – Aurora
  • For some of that abandoned houses that can be salvaged and be turned into bible discussion houses. Where different religions can come in and freely discuss the differences and the likeness of all religions.
  • Library – kids section so parents can take them – would help with education
  • need street lights that work
  • neighborhood outdoor movie
  • jacobsville neighborhood association building
  • Houses that aren’t livable are torn down – no more eyesores
  • Aurora – the agency needs to be moved
  • Agree with Pink Flamingo Confection and Ice Cream Shop
  • have a green space like they do on main street
  • people outside playing
  • teenage mother support group
  • Not sure all fall in Jacobsville, yet the vision for the areas are real and may possibly be passed on to our neighboring neighborhoods…
  • the homeless people two blocks from Aurora is a big problem
  • Opportunity to be active in the neighborhood – where they are safe (not that a car hits them)
  • no broken sidewalks or streets
  • drivers to transport elderly people. hires second chance.
  • Family/Teen Center with basketball courts – can play board games, pool table – place to hang out – different parenting nights and dances – events for all ages
  • sidewalks on Morgan
  • Well-lit parks
  • family care facility
  • problems reported and nothing is done.
  • Somewhere to learn different languages and ASL
  • Multi-modal transportations, biking, walking, skate boardings, segwey. Multiple options to get places
  • Coffee shop/ice cream shop, neighborhood gathering spot
  • grocery store
  • Removal of blighted houses, new construction houses
  • city needs to take more responsibility in helping get things cleaned up
  • ECHO health open dental clinic
  • get rid of trash in yards
  • dental care because most are not taking medicare
  • owning my own business in jacobsville
  • Kids – JV kids have the same opportunities and access as every other kid, regardless of income, where they really feel loved and supported, they have a vision for their own life and feel like they can reach. Well being, flourishing and all kids feel that way.
  • box truck in yard across the street. Box truck hit garage and reparked in front. Owner hasn’t been paying restitution for the garage. Garage owners would like truck to be moved. Truck finally towed away.

 

Visions from Lodge Community School Session

  • mansion because I’m rich and can give money to homeless–philanthropy
  • bookshelf with a bunch of books with staircase on top of it with a bunch of art–an art studio with computer, printer, canvas, paint brushes; a space for friends and family to make art together
  • living in a city where people can treat me how I feel; me and my brother; welcoming; hotel
  • nonprofit event venue where agencies can come at a cheaper cost for retreats and trainings, also for families to have affordable reunions, etc. or foster kids to have parties and weddings who do not have family financial support
  • biggest rollercoaster that goes to the moon and back
  • school with mountains in background–people come from mountains to school to communicate with each other and participate in activities; people fishing in the lake; people fishing with their child
  • indoor waterpark with a slide; waterparks on the ceiling with booster that helps you go really fast
  • love, equality, happiness, family time, shelter, safe play, hope, food
  • lowest crime rate in the state by community and law enforcement coming together; grades have improved; less suspension; mentors in school; affordable housing in the city because city and CDC work together; city building community center; businesses within black community; all students exposed to STEM; more African American teachers at lodge and other EVSC schools recruited from HBCUs
  • happy, pretty house for sale – 3 bedrooms; designed myself; fence keeps dogs in
  • Schools: funding for teachers & classrooms; no bullying, stronger consequences; higher wages for teachers & staff; unlimited resources for teachers; always available transportation to students to they can come to school; decreased dropout rates
  • Lodge school with tons of people in it because people want an education here; people who struggle can restart and get jobs
  • mountains, relaxing walking, nature
  • Worldwide: no wars; no crime; no natural disasters or human-made disasters; clean oceans
  • mountain and sun; Marshallese flag;
  • Community: exceptional zoo filled with exhibits & well cared-for animals; no homeless people, every child in a forever home; every animal in a fur-ever home; no racism or discrimination; better & safer playgrounds; lower child care expenses or none at all; free healthcare; equality in the workplace; people paid fairly

 

Visions from North Jr. High School Session

  • we’ve designed schools so that there are no more classes that are useless. You learn real life things that you will use; taxes, money saving, getting a job, etc.
  • more school options – RAMP program increased in schools focused on middle school too; revamped downtown and increased technology
  • no homophobia, LGBT flag
  • more advanced technology, cleaner air
  • clean up trash, help animals that are having a hard time, clean river, help put buildings back together
  • a lot of technology, new stuff being built–new parks, new riverfronts, new buildings
  • recycling, park with no pollution
  • same sex married, transgender men acknowledged as real men
  • music to bring opposite people together, stop discrimination
  • mother and son saying they love each other, flutes playing, love
  • more protection for all humans no matter what, no more racism or discrimination; more LGBT protection, more non gendered bathrooms & changing rooms, no LGBTQ phobia
  • tesla tractors, take town useless buildings and plant food for people to eat
  • stop hate, everyone gets along, protect LGBTQ & trans children from being bullied, no more discrimination, we are all human and all bleed red
  • abandoned buildings for exploring and growing plants
  • add additional things to welcome sign outside the airport
  • every community should have a roller coaster; revamped communities, beautification
  • playground that’s clean, no polluted, where kids can play
  • flying cars, schools to be more challenging
  • technology has been upgraded, race problems no more, no more war
  • no bullying, no discrimination, equality, inclusion, no racism, no sexism, LGBT rights, healthy environment self love, charity, world peace
  • bit agricultural area, multi-mile area to. Help feed people
  • everything is orange, no yellow

Visions from Glenwood Leadership Academy Session

  • treat others the way you want to be treated, spreading kindness and love
  • nice school, no fights, parks in neighborhood to be clean, everyone loves each other, want to see people that died before she was born, everyone goes to church
  • community focusing on growth and development of kids, schools that are fair and equitable
  • safe school, people love each other, all bad kids change or become good, school is cleaner, kids pay attention in class when teachers teaching
  • community gardens everywhere so homeless can’t eat so not a lot of people are hungry
  • better life, nicer people; a couple at the park enjoying their time together because you don’t have forever
  • everyone has a big, 2-story house and has clothes and not sleeping on the streets
  • every skin color is equal, no gunshots, everyone is happy and able to walk to store to save car energy; people go to rehab instead of jail

Visions from Lincoln School Session

  • in 15 years we will have a better planet if we turn our eyes to Jesus
  • When I’m past 19 I would like to have a nice house, good shoes, and a nice car/jeep, and go to church often on Sundays.
  • I think it should look like a clean environment and healthy and kind people love people food drinks and have money and help the homeless so they can have a place to live.
  • I want it to be great and I want to. Help people and be nice
  • when I get older I hope that the air is fresh. I want to see recycling bins on the streets. I hope we have plenty of trees for the air. I hope we don’t have as much plastic as we do today. If the streets aren’t paved I hope they are and I wish the houses are nice and colorful.
  • I want to not carry the bad stuff that has happened to me at a young age and how much trouble I’ve been in. I’d like to carry forward good things like my education and grades and helping homeless people like feeding them and giving them money, shoes, and clothes. I’d like to leave behind negativity, violence and racism–black folks shouldn’t be treated like they are.
  • When I go back to Lincoln I will see my teachers and I will come here in 15 years. And I will go back home and I will go to sleep.
  • I think the homeless people should be treated equally and fairly like other people should be treated!
  • I think that we should all help people in need. I also think that people should always believe in their self. God is key.

    Visions from Washington Middle School Session

    • More acceptance
    • people holding hands, we need love each other; Black Lives Matter; no more hate, acceptance; save the earth, LGBT pride
    • more acceptance of black people, LGBT, etc.
    • end of deforestation, bring back nature
    • good people
    • lots of houses, Y-CAP for a lot of people, college
    • bunch of people holding hands, kindness
    • all houses good quality and have privacy, restaurants in every neighborhood, more animal parks
    • no racism
    • humans die off or population goes down–less humans being on earth
    • YCAP, jail with no evidence, free dogs
    • less poor people, people have nice cars and houses; nice lakes and rivers
    • trees, end deforestation, bring back nature
    • politeness, no racism
    • people have stopped destroying natural environments
    • trees, people playing together, community mural
    • clean water & air, healthy food, no racism or murders or suicides, education, no disrespecting other people’s parents, no bullying, no profanity, Y-CAP, don’t flex for money
    • football, gaming allowed anywhere anytime
    • kindness, more parks
    • YMCA, Bedford Collaborative, LE partnering with Community One, Young & Established, Diamonds to do community service and teach about community management and leadership, plant flowers

    Visions from Young & Established Session

    • stop hurting others, end brutality, stop fighting
    • keep sports
    • no animal neglect
    • more youth management – help kids on the street be a part of more stuff.
    • ending racism, bad Karen’s go away
    • more gardening
    • more positivity, more loving people, more people being respectful
    • better computers
    • More sports
    • Better schools, better school food
    • More things for kids, raising kids better
    • Stop litter, get rid of trash, clean water, more water
    • Flying cars, keep advance technology
    • Apartments, small homes, developed beautiful riverfront, no pollution in river,
    • nice fine limo
    • flippy iphone
    • sunny all the time
    • clean ponds
    • More people going to moon, more things that fly, more after school activities like sports, more candy
    • people finding what they’re good at
    • people paying it forward
    • if you are young and you do something bad, there is still a lot of time to create your passion.
    • if your life goes downhill, it will be bad, but if it goes uphill, you can be successful, it’s your choice; whatever you believe, you can achieve. Uphill: you pay your bills & help people; downhill–you get kicked out of the house
    • more animal shelters
    • more homeless shelters
    • people starting organizations
    • people being nice
    • less pollution & litter
    • control your actions
    • more leaders
    • not giving up on your dreams
    • food for homeless
    • raising money for the homeless
    • kids starting their own organizations
    • more homeless shelters
    • no more violence
    • more sports & athletic activities for kids
    • more food trucks
    • more kids outside
    • more Young & Established locations
    • earning money to give to homeless shelters
    • more animal shelters
    • they will see a beautiful sun and sky. A basketball court, pond for people to fish, restaurant and places for people to shop. McDonalds. Bridge over the water.
    • people say hi to each other
    • flying red bird car for people – flying cars
    • ice cream stands
    • the sun represents joy. I want to be a basketball coach and teach kids how to play. When they are better, we are going to create a team. My community center will have a gym, workout room, a water fountain, a restaurant in the back. On the other side there will be another gym for kids 10 and under. But none of the gym is for kids over 14. I want people to feel they won’t be treated differently. No more racism.
    • everyone practices mindfulness–classes in high school
    • more and better pride parades
    • protections for LGBT people in the workplace
    • shadowing program for all kids–every kid has opportunity to shadow professionals in different fields
    • free healthcare
    • free childcare
    • safety & equal opportunity for all people –less racial & class disparaties, less police brutality
    • Greatest chef in the world, an around the world restaurant with all types of food for everyone, some free restaurants for those who can’t afford expensive food
    • no school–online school only
    • people flying to mars & finding new galaxies
    • flying cars
    • hybrid flying goats
    • aliens abducting cows
    • big trash cans instead of dumps
    • there is more enviornnent and places to hang out. You can fish in the river. Futuristic cars and robots taking over because I will be building the robots. The robots would take care of the farming and weaving. Building can camp by the water. No more racism.
    • aliens
    • new sports, new animals
    • levitating homes that can transport you anywhere
    • super powers, turning into giants and flying,
    • New technology, like new phones, new consoles like gaming systems, cars shaped like hamster balls with rockets that go super fast
    • great public transport, bikes, green paths,
    • sunny all the time
    • collaborative setting
    • gardens with fruit and produce
    • apple tree

    Visions from Talent 2025 Session A

    • learning flexibility and innovation
    • multiple organizations doing the same thing – need to streamline – come together to address issues together – wrap around support from community organizations
    • creativity
    • learning for all
    • generational engagement – bring them all together to be part of the solution
    • respect and love
    • kindness and love, accepting of one and other, love your neighbor, old school, looking out for each other, positive, accepting of each other
    • stop idolizing overwork; work hours to support family time; supporting mental health, veterans, elderly; bringing it back to community
    • bringing diverse experiences back to our communities to stimulate creativity and innovation, giving students a choice in their learning
    • high schools & colleges making volunteering part of the curriculum so they’re teaching student about green spaces and taking them into retirement communities, nonprofits, schools, mentoring & teaching in the community about recycling, reusing, planning, beautification
    • students tracked toward tech centers going onto working with manufacturers before they leave high school, then going onto some college, leading them to be journeymen or starting their own companies (college paid for by the manufacturers)
    • school as a community hub; connecting health & mental health opportunities; bringing people in to make connections–mutual beneficial opportunities pulling in elderly to work with kids; resources coming in to make them true hubs of community; partners to expose and connect kids to what is out in the world; a place for people to come together and have a collective impact; trails connecting communities & hubs; fresh food and community gardens at school; access to transportation and foods
    • Collaboration and share resources. Equity. They all enjoy one another and enjoy spending time outside of comfort zones. Schools reflect the community. Green spaces. Bluegrass is one of the gems of the community between Vend and Warrick. Continuing sustaining the beautiful areas already in place. Private and parochial schools should no segregate based on any factors. It’s divided by socio-economic factors. The leave behind stuff come from discrimination, racism. It’s about the systems set up to keep those things in place. It starts with the thinking.
    • Collaboration and share resources. Equity. They all enjoy one another and enjoy spending time outside of comfort zones. Schools reflect the community. Green spaces. Bluegrass is one of the gems of the community between Vend and Warrick. Continuing sustaining the beautiful areas already in place. Private and parochial schools should no segregate based on any factors. It’s divided by socio-economic factors. The leave behind stuff come from discrimination, racism. It’s about the systems set up to keep those things in place. It starts with the thinking.
    • more people in to visit the school
    • playground at schools
    • school with kids [laying
    • safe, fun, learning school
    • playing basketball, swings bikes
    • connecting everything back to schools; connections from young (students) to wise (nursing homes) and all in-between, using the passions & talents to teach
    • farmland still in the developed areas
    • clean, updated facilities for all students at all schools
    • thriving corporate community that has skyrises with areas for recreation (swimming); community is beautiful, people are getting out and enjoying their surroundings (not in the home); mimicking other cities with thriving metropolitan areas where buildings and residents outside the buildings show the progress; playing at work and getting the job done
    • what is the root cause of why people don’t feel sense of community
    • get negative social determinant
    • All children youth are the future Youth take the lead time to pass the mic and let the voiceless determine the conversation
    • community collaborations and partnerships
    • Love is at the center
    • we are all one village
    • we all have imperfections vision hope strength
    • most work 5 day work week, move to 4 day work week and on day 5 do community work – volunteer day (childcare, volunteering, supporting others ), pay and hours don’t change based on 4 day work week.
    • equitable education. Limitless possibilities
    • kids at the center
    • sense of belonging
    • mental health
    • foundation that differences are valued not feared
    • healthy families – all kinds of families
    • food housing medical that become barriers when they are not there
    • surrounded by supports so they can a realize their possibilities
    • access to healthcare at community schools
    • school is at center of community
    • meet people at greatest point of need
    • treat whole child with healthy spaces and nutrition
    • Fully funded schools where every school is a good school. A parent wouldn’t have an issue sending their kid to any school because they are all great. Less standardized testing. Revised curriculum for all subjects. Teaching real history instead of white-washed history. Really prioritizing what students learning in each grade level. Higher expectations for people who enter the teaching field. Better training. University curriculum need to be revised. University training is not useful. Paid family for when a baby comes in the family, mom and dad can both stay home. Women don’t have to worry about going to work too early. Universal preschool. It’s not babysitting. It’s to ensure all kids start school on the same level. Too many kids start out day 1 behind because preschool is not affordable. All school should be public school and public dollars should not go to private schools. If we guarantee we are providing an excellent education, there would be no reason to have a private school. Relying on the science and the research should be encouraged. Too many false info on reading outcomes and it’s going to have a negative impact.
    • Unilateral church with all the colors and beliefs, it doesn’t ,matter what you are but recognize our togetherness. Senior citizen home that connects to daycare that signifies that in order of the daycare to survive, they appreciate and acknowledge how they can withdrawal from the knowledge bank for the future.
    • amateur soccer program for under 23, lead to semi-professional league, access to public soccer facilities in , promote professional training, not just soccer but all recreational sports, sports medicine, athletic mental health, lead to an opportunity for all ages, be a true grassroots program where you’re not paying to play, catering to those who want to achieve athletic goals locally, getting organizations invested in this idea. would bring new people to the community
    • ymca, ja, experience core and added to school and coordinate together; business and the people are joining together ; daycare has community people together – share love; connect with elderly community – daycare and senior center connected together
    • faith centered connected community, most important is school, no standardized tests, teachers have tools to do their jobs, our parents are involved and engaged, our churches and community organizations are engaged, everyone wants to be involved in community together desire diversity, inclusion, equity students love learning; families living together living on front porch, excited to come over with community to gather – community garden; parents happy have affordable and accessible childcare; arts and culture spaces where we can create together; workplaces love working at a job, living wage and still have time to live with family; sustainable future to children; innovative jobs; build sustainable community, attract and retain new and diverse talent; strong families supported by all areas of community; employers, healthcare, childcare, schools, community orgs, churches ; intergenerational family engagement; healthy outcomes; sustainable community
    • extended schools, school, houses to include a community garden that extended curriculum of school and involves people in the neighborhood and supply grocery store;
    • coop between education and elderly, all races represented in the schools, elderly to listen to students read thus giving back. Graduates have access to various companies. Connect Henderson and Evansville as far as opportunities, educational standards, a lot of crossover of students because of the proximity of the communities. Align standards (common core). Need to be on the same page because students are coming with gaps in learning.

    Visions from Talent 2025 Session B

     

    • I wish for a place where the city hall stands proud and is a center of activity for areas around it. People can gather around it to speak over matters and protest peacefully. It isn’t something that is ignored, but something that is talked about. Where people are able to walk from place to place to get to where you need to go, or they can use the bus system that has buses that come through every 15 min. A place where the police don’t have to be feared, nor often used. Where police give help to convicts right as they leave, not months or weeks after, but right as they leave. A place where housing is open and available to all. People can walk from work to home to parks while feeling safe. I wish for unfortunate people to be able get help in many different places.
    • I wish for a place where the city hall stands proud and is a center of activity for areas around it. People can gather around it to speak over matters and protest peacefully. It isn’t something that is ignored, but something that is talked about. Where people are able to walk from place to place to get to where you need to go, or they can use the bus system that has buses that come through every 15 min. A place where the police don’t have to be feared, nor often used. Where police give help to convicts right as they leave, not months or weeks after, but right as they leave. A place where housing is open and available to all. People can walk from work to home to parks while feeling safe. I wish for unfortunate people to be able get help in many different places.
    • The city is well developed and a close community that is not self-centered (whether that be for their lives or for their way of life) and communicate with each other (getting help or giving help in developing and enriching the community or the city). The Youth and Young Adults listen to advice and stories from the elderly, who are well taken care of and supported greatly in the community. Their information is priceless as youth to youth is the end to all knowledge so therefore its essential to hear the voices of e v e r y o n e in order to bake a well made Lemon Meringue Pie, as each idea or people involved is its own ingredient; without one of them the flavor would be minimal or nonexistent or would fall apart eventually. Once abandoned areas are converted to green spaces as a park/ community space that would sometimes hold events so their purpose and location would not be forgotten. Civic centers appear more welcoming, with doors open and have frequent visitors from the locals interested in being involved or witnessing the study of the rights and obligations of citizens in society; such as, should they want to alter what was previously made, they have a chance, a voice to give their opinion and be willing to communicate and comp
    • Community leaders sharing and encouraging one another with resources, experience, advice, funding, care, advocacy, love‚ setting an example for young emerging leaders who will continue that vision.
    • Educational equity and access for those with both visible and invisible disabilities, family supports, and community engagement that lead to better life quality and economic outcomes for disabled people
      Economic improvement-better paying jobs, affordable housing, poverty reduction, and healthcare access
      Environmental improvement-more/better green spaces for community use, reduced pollution
    • Educational equity and access for those with both visible and invisible disabilities, family supports, and community engagement that lead to better life quality and economic outcomes for disabled people
      Economic improvement-better paying jobs, affordable housing, poverty reduction, and healthcare access
      Environmental improvement-more/better green spaces for community use, reduced pollution
    • The community will have economic growth along with schools and community growth : People will come together to discuss future growth plans and activities for the youth in the community.
    • I would love to see a future where people can disagree about ideas while still operating out of a place of true respect for differing opinions. Serving together does not require agreement on every single issue.
    • We need a rail system that connects Henderson, Evansville, and Princeton. Stops include businesses along the way like near Berry, Deaconess Midtown, Ameriqual, Toyota, etc.
    • We need a transition program for students with disabilities that are ages 18-22 that are still enrolled in the school corporation. This program would be located in a house. It would be called Adult LIFE (Learning Independence for Everyone). The students would learn the needed skills to be able to live independently one day. Skills include cooking, cleaning, laundry, dishes/dishwasher, making their bed, vacuuming, sweeping, landscaping, mowing, weed eating, etc. Students would learn to plan meals, make grocery lists, learn the city bus system to go to the grocery store, shop for food, and return to make their own food (breakfast and lunch). They would learn budgeting/money skills as well as telling time and time management. Students would also attend a jobsite to learn on-the-job skills.
    • Good public transportation. Maybe a train that goes around the city or more access to bus transportation. A large place for people to hang out, have local bands play, poetry slams, food, and small businesses could be present. More accessible sidewalks around the city. A community garden for anyone who wants or needs it. In the future schools should have more mental health resources and counselors and teachers being paid more. Town halls for people to be more informed on what is going on in the city and politics. Better voting education and for one day for youth to have a vote.
    • Leaving no one unseen, our community is inclusive and broad minded. Understanding that everyone comes from different backgrounds and have different purposes in life. We need all to be a complete society. Not just college bound, but workforce, and we have education and supports wrapped around all of it. Shadowing leadership to each younger group the knowledge and wisdom received. Flowing into our community is positivity, education, awareness of all.
    • A future where humans listen and learn more from each other, and create together. Falling/trial-and-error is normal and encouraged. Spectrum thinking is prevalent. The connections between everything/everyone are more readily seen.
    • Professional, caring, creative teens and adults take charge of the future‚Ķof our future‚Ķof or regions future! Volunteer and mentor – not because we have to but because we want to. Attend community events. Have an investment in being the change we want to see because we care!
    • Independent sustainability for our community. Giving individuals the skills and tools to support and live. Allowing our community to grow and flourish. Making us a desired place to live.
    • Clean energy generated throughout the region, so we may drastically lower utility bills and eliminate dependence on fossil fuels or even on other regions at all. Green space galore. Quality of life for families to only need ONE job, which provides them with the necessary time to focus on their families and self-care. A home for every pet. Collaboration between government, nonprofits, and businesses to achieve goals. (By then we better have passed universal health care in the United States so that everyone can focus on bettering their lives, rather than how they will pay for health care even WITH insurance!) Schools and nursing homes grow their own food and flowers onsite, with an on-staff horticulturist and on-staff farm to table chef. Schools prepare kids for whatever career path they choose and they graduate with financial literacy, not in credit card debt or having no idea how to save/invest. People suffering from addiction have clear, free avenues to recovery if they choose. Homeless people have effective, proven avenues out of poverty. Positive parenting is ‚Äúthe in thing to do‚Äù and screaming at your children has become a thing of the past.
    • Community leaders sharing and encouraging one another with resources, experience, advice, funding, care, advocacy, love‚Ķsetting an example for young emerging leaders who will continue that vision.
    • increased youth voter turnout l
    • voter busing system to make voting easier for ALL
    • youth involvement in all municipal actions
    • voter/civic education (civics are for everyone)
    • diversification of public education, especially with books. No more white-washed history lessons
    • Green energy. Affordable sustainable public transit. Less funding for police and more for social services, mental health services, addiction counseling. Healthy local food.
    • More collaboration between region especially Henderson and Evansville
    • Green space
    • Affordable housing
    • community partnerships
    • Volunteerism
    • Access to healthy foods

    Visions from Evansville Youth City Council Session

    • education on mental Health taught earlier in education
    • a more environmentally friendly community, more accessible natures spaces in at risk areas.
    • more diversity in local government positions
    • better opportunities for local artists
    • diversity in history being taught in local schools
    • expansion of cultural backgrounds
    • equal pay, ethical work environment
    • LGBT equality
    • equal medical opportunities for minorities
    • environment protection
    • experienced counsellors in schools
    • unbiased and considerate administration
    • affordable mental health treatment
    • creative expression
    • people coming together as one body to achieve the same goal, to challenge the norm and think more broadly, to develop a sense of unity that can then be branched out to the rest of the state. We will then begin to operate as less smaller communities and more as a larger body of people.
    • Try new things together like the Flower Man
    • still can be an individual (not cookie cutter)
    • green spaces, including trees in urban areas = cooler environment, use natives and educate about what is there
    • environmental health = individual health
    • Make simple steps to connect our whole community to nature
    • leave behind being scared–not being scared outside
    • solar and recycling equitable. Quality water sources & soil for growing & playing
    • use roads/trails to connect to other places
    • innovation
    • fair/livable wages, diversity in the industries, competitive wages/benefits
    • family fun, safe spaces for minors, safe/functional places for the elderly
    • livable housing, affordable housing
    • access to education, affordability, diversity/inclusion
    • better access to healthcare, affordable healthcare, non-discriminatory care
    • improved condition of downtown bus station
    • using river more for recreation & social activities
    • Events and neighborhoods are diverse
    • station for electric cars
    • community celebrates diversity
    • people working at home, in shared spaces, and at different times (flexible)
    • everyone has access to healthcare
    • all groups coming together
    • Access to formal and informal arts & education
    • Education is fun and challenging and not just to pass a test
    • youth and elderly citizens are valued and their voice is heard.
    • No child, elder, person hungry
    • We understand systemic racism and actively work to build a fair & equitable system for everyone.
    • we understand as a society mental illness and value self care
    • LOTS of green space. Yards entirely filled with fruit, vegetables, and flowers, cultivated together by the local neighbors.
    • Kids & adults in a crisis are immediately met with support and resources.
    • We rehabilitate individuals in jail/prison
    • proactive, positive collaboration leading to accessible, affordable, quality healthcare, food, employment, etc.
    • science is celebrated and supported by the masses
    • change is common, but with a purpose.
    • resources/finances are more shared for the betterment of all
    • education is diverse and abundant
    • more importance put on the quality of life fore all citizens and immigrants
    • no more do adults resist the acceptance of new ideas and theories that contradict their lessons from 30+ years ago.
    • environmental initiatives are old news and green technology is commonplace
    • Healthcare is universal.
    • Youth & young adults involved in decision-making. Elderly taken care of, but they don’t stay in power past their turn.
    • Diversity is celebrated.
    • Equity is the mountaintop that we strive toward.
    • Our Region is friendly, and not exclusive to newcomers–our external perception is positive to the rest of the world, rather than backwoods
    • Green spaces everywhere! Managed and sustained for all to enjoy!
    • Term limits exist to keep power moving forward
    • Internet/transportation/connectivity a necessity granted to all without question.
    • Education is accessible and quality.
    • Places for elderly to see their sports and tech for their ages.
    • Its a young teenager seeing the world and, finding someone to talk to might be hard, but in between, we still have time to dream
    • Ohio river being cleaned in some spots, recycling everywhere
    • Our home working to help us, to help us past days of hate, and prolong our years of freedom
    • Schools letting students plant their own fundraisers
    • Houses powered by solar panels, underground water collectors, plants that are healthy for animals, and ones targeted for endangered plants.
    • in every region, every state, people are seeing the world as it is. Youth, young adults, and elderly. I
    • Areas of past use are revitalized of old buildings are not abandoned
    • Different forms of transportation allow for more physical exercise
    • Nature areas are kept from pollution such as the river, lakes, streams
    • Yout have smaller settings to learn their specific likes of vocation
    • a community where learning and education is valued by all. A place where all kids are equally excited to go to any school in the region. A place with equitable access to innovative technology, tools for learning, information, and high-quality learning experiences. a place where it is everyone’s responsibility to continue learning, growing, and improving
    • Youth attending a local school that provides education, training, and certifications. This training opens doors for financial opportunities and paid internships. College becomes optional rather than expected. Quality education attracts more families to the region, urban & rural as transportation is available to both. Transportation from all schools creates connections and relationships beyond immediate typical geographics.
    • pure intentions for community growth, shared regularly, allows for collaborative growth. Open awareness for all that the community offers allows each person/group/initiative to thrive, giving each person a sense of belonging and purpose. When you feel needed & purposeful, your life has meaning g7 value and thus full, joyful, happy, loving, caring, forgiving, giving unity in our community.
    • A frequently-used space to evaluate our effectiveness in implementing change in children’s lives, a place where educators, occupational therapists, speech, behavior therapists, parents, and most importantly, children, discuss the procedures/plans to improve children’s lives. This would include individual needs and community. The entire community would be accessible and safe. Beautiful parks, schools, and constant opportunities to create connections.
    • everyone feels a sense of belonging–they matter! Everyone has a place they can feel free to be who they are. Free from judgment. Everyone feels loved and safe. Their basic needs are met. There is no trash on the streets, neighbors help neighbors, the community works together to provide the basic needs to one another. There is a place anyone can go to just talk, feel heard, feel valued, and be reminded that they truly matter. There is an open gym to escape that doesn’t close–the doors are always open and it’s always clean. Communal accountability!

    Visions from Brown Girls Brunch Group Session

    • ALL our schools are A+ schools because we have A+ classrooms with A+ teachers, A+ curriculum, and A+ interactions between students, teachers, and the curriculum: parents, teachers, leaders, and community working together; student-centered and places prepare them for success in college/career/civic engagement; fully resourced for excellence and innovation; great places for teachers to work; supported by and supportive of the community; equal access and support to thrive in all available opportunities; our children and future leaders are prepared to continue transforming our community and making it better for generations to come
    • evansville is the place for collaboration, a place where white & brown, youth and old, women and men, nonprofit and for-profit, urban and rural, work together for the common good
    • each community has great public schools
    • no segregated neighborhoods
    • eliminate detached youth (ages 16-24) by promoting “enroll, enlist, employ” as a community agenda
    • community partners are highly regarded as school supports
    • women are helping to create steady values in their family setting working on bringing back family time (with their own family’s man, not anyone else’s man) less social media as a way of life and developing family time as a constant way of the future – having dinner at the family table again, family discussions, board games, vs kids being on social media
    • more black owned businesses and developing black wealth
    • positive changes will not be just saying we want to create our vision but doing it
    • youth will be empowering other youth planting seeds to motivate the come up in their own vision boards
    • affordable housing worth the stay–get rid of slumlords and make housing affordable and make them where you want to stay; housing is safe and prepares you for home ownership 
    • more education opportunities in the black community
    • more small business owners (diversity)
    • more physical activities in open spaces
    • networking
    • finance for women (courses)
    • family – community. action starts at home
    • equality – can use resources from everyone
    • youth- a feeling of self worth to take care of themselves
    • elderly – taken care of and valued
    • youth adults & adults – able to obtain credits to own homes & businesses
    • community and family activities to keep the family together
    • affordable healthcare for the elderly
    • better mental health awareness
    • more youth activities in the inner cities
    • equal education in our school systems
    • community centers that are safe & well funded
    • equity in pay among gender & race
    • healthcare is affordable to all and there are doctors that don’t stereotype
    • community gardens and nutritionists that teach about healthy eating
    • a school system that integrates organic and unprocessed food for all of our children so that they will be able to learn, have thealth (not dependent on drugs/medicines) and be productive; sith all farming & gardening being organic, we will improve the overall toxic environment within ourselves & our city to build our city so that it is for everyone
    • violence has decreased in numberses and policing doesn’t just happen in urban areas
    • economic growth has sustained evansville through businesses, tourism, and sports
    • elderly along with veterans in affordable housing that provides resources (health, education, lifestyle, etc) to help them live sustainable lives
    • businesses are thriving!
    • youth are engaged in extracurricular activities and have a positive impact on the community–giving their time back to the elderly
    • EVSC college-going rates have increased and their curriculum is equitable across all schools
    • youth adults will be actively leading these communities stressing the importance of collaboration, education, community, and building together
    • youth will be living in thriving communities whether its urban, suburban, or rural
    • elderly will be giving out guidance and understanding
    • youth adults will help ensure that affordable living for all is available, especially to our elders
    • social services for teens
    • alternative education
    • more small/locally owned businesses
    • greenspace/community gardens
    • larger volunteer base
    • e is ACTUALLY for everyone
    • community learning to work together as one
    • community 

    Visions from LatinX Session

    • I would like there to be an inclusive city with no cultural barriers where we can learn about one another’s world views and ways in which we all perceive the world. 
    • I would love a city where everyone feels included and safe where everyone has access to good schools and universities and jobs that can pay a good enough salary so that we can live well. 
    • Young people participate in volunteer work in their communities especially helping the elderly who are able to, in turn, share their wisdom. Community gardens are everywhere giving all access to fresh vegetables. An organization is formed similar to big brothers and big sisters so that well-established families can adopt an immigrant family, advocating in all areas such as health and education where assistance is needed. This interaction in culture will lead to empathy and understanding. 
    • With the anticipated growth of the latino population, I envision in 2037 a center to train the latino community in various disciplines so they can in turn serve the overall community.
    • Spaces to sell from different kinds of gardens. Living spaces with their different gardens. Different kinds of sports courts. Concerts of classical music and music from different countries so that children can learn. Playing on the weekends in an open space where people of all ages can enjoy the nice, outdoor air. To be able to open free schools where the children can develop their talents in different musical areas. 
    • My vision is to see a city unified with more information centers for newcomers and visitors. More recreation areas for families. a more reinforced police department. 
    • My vision for the community is to better work for people who are addicted to various substances but in order to do that we need to preach the word of god–with god everything is possible. I am a person that suffers from these addictions and god saw me
    • I have a vision of the future of our region that is more inclusive and with a more open mind to cultural diversity. A region that works together with the local authorities to empower women and the important role that they play in society. 
    • Better opportunities for immigrants to study, and more entrepreneurship options.
    • My vision for the city is to grow and develop more tourism. To have a safe, happy, and peaceful city. I would like more outdoor areas where we can do activities–free activities for kids to do after school like painting, rollerblading, a space for music, fishing, swimming–free classes. Children and teenageers are the future of Evansville. 
    • In the next ten years I would like to see much of our region change significantly, for adults and children to have their respective spaces to have fun and play, and young people take care of the elderly. For there to be more recreation areas and sports centers. For the area to have excellent teachers, education is valued, and the schools are A+. 
    • I would like to see more integration in our community and less segregation of classes. We see a lot of cultural division. Access to affordable housing and to pay utilities. There is no way that a person making minimum wage can pay for housing and utility bills. 
    • I see a place that reflects the population: leadership at the county and key levels/ orgs reflects this diversity. (banks, hospitals, schools etc.) and policies and systems are (can’t read). Arts, leisure and recreational spaces also reflect our diversity. Schools are other organizations are all high quality and excellent at meeting the needs of the community. People have the opportunities to explore and develop their talents through their professional lives and by participating in nonprofits/ volunteering focused on issues they care about/ gifts they have to offer. Everyone from the youth to the elderly are able to contribute to their families and to society at large through supporting their families, churches, non profits, schools, etc. 
    • Electric cars, no gas (smoke), more outside things and animals are allowed in the streets, and high school research about birds.

    Visions from Bosse High School Session

    • I would like for the school to change
    • everyone has a home, everyone is happy, all have great paying jobs too; there are green spaces and even buildings have green spaces incorporated into them, no air pollution and climate change has been resolved; no leaky bathrooms, no roaches, no holes in the ceilings, and no peeling wallpapers in the schools; no final exams, homework in classes like math and chemistry are for participation; students also have a variety of classes they can take such as coding, accounting, etc.; there are also hygiene items available in the bathroom and greater understanding when students are absent–ex. girls when experiencing period pains should be excused
    • giving high school students opportunities to get involved with middle schools students
    • more lights around town not just downtown, more hangout places, more community places like coffee shops, thrift stores, vinyl stores; Bosse needs to update the inside of the school rather than the outside, alleyways need to be lit up and have parked food trucks with places to sit, more public gardens, free college for people who cannot afford it, and not forced for us to get straight A’s to get into college, more outside activities from school
    • safer neighborhoods with better homes, safe roads with no potholes, safer traffic zones, less light pollution in neighborhoods, destigmatizing drug users and free medicine dispensers, clean and safe parks and playgrounds,
    • better treatment for animals, public access to vending machines, better access to health care and therapy, more open air and outdoors activities for adults and children, more school funding, more recreational classes and hobbies for youth
    • more accessibility overall, more access to mental health and rehab, more shelters and security, more respect between teachers and students, take away uniforms and add comfortability, more community service and fixing of houses/neighborhoods, better support instead of high expectations, stop pressuring kids to take higher level classes, teach kids modern skills and knowledge, free lunch, more access to food
    • less excessive work, less accessibility to drugs and more access to rehab, clean neighborhoods, safe housing, respect from teachers, taking away uniforms and adding comfortability, more hand on learning, more support instead of expectations, take away unnecessary learning and add more important learning, more learning about sex education, free lunches, h
    • higher pay for school staff especially cafeteria ladies, different methods of learning, more forms of transportation to schools, draw more awareness to bullying and help prevent it, school wide surveys on what could be done, school wide wellness checks
    • environmental awareness, affordable healthcare, sidewalks, hands on learning, food options, less accessibility to drugs, more accessibility to necessary drugs, clean up neighborhoods, equal support for all sports
    • education: student/classroom bonding activities; mental health education and screening/ teacher understanding; life skills education, equal sport support, practice social skills in school, lower the impact of exams, food access, no dress code Leisure: drive-in theatre, picture spots, community track and fields, outdoor theatre and concerts, outdoor walking path, emergency help buttons/phones all around town, fun classes, more community events
    • diversity, funding for sports in general, cleaner lockers, equality, better utilities, bigger parking lot, working tampon machines, get rid of book fees, free parking, clean lockers, cleaner school, kindness, free dress
    • More and better housing, more job opportunities, schools should allow more freedom like free dress
    • Equality, cleaner school, diversity, bigger parking lot, free parking passes, free dress, no book fees, better utilities, fix vending machines, funding for all sports, pre-court, microwaves
    • more sidewalks, hands on learning, more options, less stress/structure, school provided healthcare, public sports equipment
    • More community homes, better public parks, open air in schools, safer neighborhoods, better traffic regulations, fix our streets, 
    • funding for girls sports, support; cleaner lockers, equality, better utilities, bigger parking lot, working tampon dispensers, get rid of book fees, free parking passes, clean lockers, cleaner schools, kindness, diversity, free dress, free lunch
    • Equal funding for clubs and sports, free dress, better utilities/hygiene, free parking passes, diversity, kindness, equality, no unnecessary book fees, cleaner school, new utilities, cheaper prices
    • The community could use more love and care. It could be just as simple as block parties. The bigger picture could be sidewalks or even more healthy food. More hangout spots for every age group. More lights. Bosse could host a small festival 2 weeks before school starts to get the community and students more excited for school. Students could do a soup kitchen the last day before winter break to help the homeless or elderly. The school could be brighter and cleaner.
    • students could do a soup kitchen the last day before winter break to help the homeless or elderly. The school could be brighter and cleaner.
    • Bosse gets an update so it looks clean and welcoming to everyone, gender inclusive bathrooms, more food options, more free options to hang out, mentoring program with high school and middle school students, free drivers ed
    • food options, better parks, security, free dress, hands on learning, more support with sports; unnecessary learning, group work
    • funding for girls sports, support; cleaner lockers, equality, better utilities, bigger parking lot, working tampon dispensers, get rid of book fees, free parking passes, clean lockers, cleaner schools, kindness, diversity, free dress
    • equal funds for sports, more park
    • more trees and less dress code; food banks, lgbtq, recycling, a garden & more parking
    • more parking at Bosse, easy access to planned parenthood, LGBTQ resources, garden at school, more food banks, food chests in communities, sports, recycling centers, more trees
    • more choices of food, more gender neutral bathrooms, free lunch and free drivers ed
    • More gender inclusive restrooms, helping freshman, update the school interior, mentoring program for middle schoolers, more activities for teenage youth that doesn’t cost money, community activities, free lunch for students, free drivers ed, community and school gardening, student’s freedom of speech, less street rules, student involvements
    • More people helping others; more youth getting involved with the community
    • Add more clubs, a green house, better lunch, update inside the school, mentoring program, free drivers ed, hangouts for teens; start a club where we can take to everyone
    • have a botanical garden so everyone, all ages can come and plant seeds for the new generations to care for; make a place for everyone who goes to highschool to chill and relax and where all feuds and drama get left at the door
    • Bosse High School facilities are equal or greater than each of the high schools in town. Students are excelling in classroom and in athletics
    • schools to have more diversity, clean water, more funding, and less judgement; cleaner and more nature, better access to healthcare 
    • to provide clean, safe, and open environments for future Bosse students, and a place where all different colors of people are welcome

    Visions from Potter’s Wheel Session

    • to have a better community
    • Jobs and careers, get people away from depending on government assistance long term
    • Everyone feels everyone belongs
    • See everyone is loved and strive not fall down; everybody equal; no one left out of anything
    • Our schools are the true hub of our community. The schools has support of all stakeholders. There is a system for retaining school personnel that is enticing and equitable. Parents, community partners, and religious organization provide mentorships. There is affordable housing on school property that gives families opportunities to rebuild, to gain foundational skills, and to flourish as a family unit. Spaces exist for after school programs and connections to college and career readiness are available. Equity is truly represented.
    • all individuals will see the value of the next generation that foundational in the schools and contributed to by all area entities i.e. church, businesses, health care, govt access, etc.
    • Community partners, homes, businesses, families, faith based, schools work together and join other communities; there is no difference in what any of the communities visually look like
    • Equity, access, value, increase in housing similar, more consistent and far reaching public transportation and sidewalks
    • where equality is visual, african american and native american history is taught and embraced in the schools. a future where every community and streets are properly maintained, where jobs are obtainable
    • Everyone loving one another. Each person viewing others are more important than himself, that would give more opportunities to all
    • Parents with resources to enable them to put children in daycare/ early learning, thus giving the children an equal footing when they enter school. Max exposure to many opportunities as they go through school.
    • Happiness and better mental health
    • to have a better community
    • a group of kids exploring the environment and school, better community and better mental health
    • Helping the young youth of today learn how to budget their money, finance program; show them the value of money, also more after school debate team, tutoring
    • Happiness and better mental health
    • World full of sunshine and joy for all ethnicities, leisure love
    • Collaborative community where all stakeholders have a voice and feel a sense of belonging and have equitable opportunities for education, healthcare, jobs, safe housing, etc.
    • Having churches coming together as one in unity
    • Have all people living around each other and assistance within the community with school, hospital, library, museum, church, and safe area for everyone to share food and everything needed in community

    Visions from Boys & Girls Club Session

    • community is positive, no ageism, art, music, technology, transportation, wifi, school is everything I hoped for, more walkable, accessibility
    • I want world class teacher that can work hard and get students motivated. Everyone can get a job. Community project will be regulated internally. Racism has stopped. People work together more and don’t bully each other
    • I want to have a lot of money, I want to buy my mom her dream car and her dream house, I want to have a nice working 
    • less killing, less black on black crime
    • A community that provides housing for all its people; access to great paying jobs, very low crime; tech hub of the midwest; many local attractions for nightlife; great outdoor space to hike, walk, bike, etc.; high quality education for all; better restaurants near the river
    • no more shootings, more income, more goal opportunities, no riots, more kind people, our great future
    • teacher making 100,000 per year, there’s affordable housing for everyone, we have tutoring for all school children, free transportation for those that need
    • movies, pools, basketball park, housing, hospitals
    • help others in as many ways as I can
    • equitable schooling, employment rates up
    • more kids to have activities that keeps them out of the streets and more places that keep adults and children active; maybe an after school program to keep kids there and learn about community; everyone to just be safe and get the right just to be outside and not get harmed
    • Everyone gets paid the same for their work depending on what they work, everyone taking care of each other, no shootings, nice houses, schools more activity and more lively, gardens, food everyone can survive on, old people taken care of and fed, communities brought together, eating, hanging out, kids playing outside, bills low, kids eager in school, technology high and can find out anything in seconds, sickness rarely seen
    • less homeless people
    • young people flourishing and thriving in the community
    • more collaboration, youth engagement
    • People are working and sustaining themselves with just one job. There’s a booming, free community garden to fresh produce. There’s after school programs for kids and teens. The universities/colleges in town have better community involvement and engagement. There’s more programs to support the homeless and incarcerated and those releases. The crime rate is really low.
    • Everyone in the community is loving and supporting one another. The schools have world class teachers and the students receive real-world experiential learning. There’s less blighted properties. Families don’t struggle with housing. Individuals do not struggle with housing.

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