The Florida ECCS Impact Initiative was represented at the Community Indicators Consortium (CIC) Impact Summit in beautiful St. Petersburg, FL. The Summit took place November 16 & 17th and focused on exploring the role of data in supporting community change. The Summit focused on specific issues of interest including: Place-Based Initiatives, Child and Family Well-Being, Power and Equity, Community Development/ Wealth Building, and Advanced Data Methods. Ghia Kelly, ECCS Project Manager and the USF Evaluation Team co-facilitated a workshop on the Florida ECCS Impact Project and evaluation strategies for place-based initiatives. The workshop was well-attended and well-received by summit participants.
While in St. Petersburg, Ghia Kelly was privileged to learn more about the Lake Maggiore Shores (LMS) Place-Based Initiative. Lake Maggiore Shores is a 48-block neighborhood in St. Petersburg, Florida that is activating the power of their neighborhood to lead comprehensive community change so that all “neighborbabies” are thriving. There are 2000 neighbors that live in Lake Maggiore Shores, including 170 who are neighborbabies—babies and young children up to age 5. Allison Pinto, Ph.D. is the director of the LMS Initiative but the work is truly resident-led at every level. The initiative hand delivers welcome basket to every baby born into the neighborhood and they have community events and block parties for residents. The Lake Maggiore Shores Initiative is currently renovating a building that was donated by a resident to create a community center and garden. The LMS Initiative is off to a great start and we are excited to see what else they accomplish in the future on behalf of their community!
“Regardless of my economic status, my child deserves to have a safe place to eat, sleep, play, and ultimately grow.”
-Lake Maggiore Shores Resident