Community involvement that actually involves the community
When we say we are ‘accelerating community transformation’ we mean we’ve developed a holistic, evidence-based plan to build a sustainable future with one of Orlando’s most distressed communities and its residents. And in this case, holistic means our strategy involves residents in every step of our process, because it is the right thing to do.
Partnerships continue to elevate and provide momentum for the Communities of West Lakes.
One of LIFT Orlando’s signature engagement programs, MVP Families, was created in partnership with the residents of West Lakes and Florida Citrus Sports, and includes families with children under the age of 18. The program includes the existing summer camp program at Florida Citrus Sports for middle school-aged children, in addition to an annual calendar of 12 events for the entire family. These events include Family Fun Days and MVP Family Meetings, all designed to encourage family interaction and support. What’s unique about this program is that it was designed by parents over the course of four planning meetings. Their input determined the calendar, the meeting style, the objectives and goals of the program.