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The Enoch Pratt Free Library will partner with the University of Maryland School of Social Work to implement the Social Worker in the Library program. This project will promote public libraries as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement and economic vitality and will demonstrate how urban public libraries can better serve the changing needs of their customers. The project will provide access to much-needed services to low-income Baltimoreans in communities throughout the city, thereby helping stabilize neighborhoods. Free programs designed to help customers cope with poverty, food insecurity, homelessness, and addiction will be offered at several Pratt locations throughout the two-year grant period. The Social Worker in the Library project will prepare library staff to better handle crisis situations and convert the library's existing patchwork of partnerships and programs to a consistent array of services. The Pratt will gather empirical and anecdotal data through intake charting and evaluations to track progress and outcomes.
The Ohio Historical Society will partner with the Columbus Metropolitan Library and several community organizations to cultivate the leadership and advocacy skills of emerging leaders in the immigrant and New American community. The Emerging New American Community Team (ENACT) will empower aspiring leaders by connecting them with established community resources and fundamental civic education in order to strengthen their skills as advocates. A collective impact model will connect ENACT participants to community resources in the areas of safety, libraries, civic engagement, parks and recreation, health and housing; increase ENACT participants' understanding and engagement in civic processes; foster cultural exchange and awareness of the challenges confronted by ENACT participants and their community partners; and increase participants' sense of belonging in Central Ohio. The learnings and outcomes from the ENACT program will be shared with the museum and library fields to advance best practices and offer a useable approach in outreach and community engagement with New American populations.
The Woodland Park Zoological Society will partner with the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, the Pacific Science Center, the Seattle Aquarium, and several other community organizations to support and engage youth to develop local action plans on climate. This project builds upon a pilot partnership that empowered teens to address climate change and generated interest from a diverse set of stakeholders from outside the museum. Utilizing the collective connections and knowledge of this group, the project team will use community mapping to identify other potential partners to invite to the project, map community assets and needs, and design project activities to align with the data that they gather. The toolkit and results of the project will be shared widely with museums, libraries, and community organizations interested in forming similar networks in other regions.
The Leahy Center for Lake Champlain Inc. will partner with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Watersheds United Vermont, Vermont Interfaith Power & Light, and We All Belong on a project to create a culture of clean water. The project aims to develop a model for museums and libraries to engage communities in solving their most pressing challenges by engaging underserved and nontraditional populations, the business community, communities of faith and in-state, regional watershed organizations. By hosting community listening sessions, conducing collective impact training sessions, and through regional and statewide asset mapping, this project will generate an adaptable model for museums, archives, and libraries to leverage their roles as community brokers and conveners to support local efforts to improve and sustain a community's environmental health.
The Riveredge Nature Center will partner with local community nonprofits to support the Community Rivers Project. Riveredge will develop and build water-based interpretive exhibits to enhance its role as a hub for watershed education, while also creating an interactive digital experience that would allow educators, families, and community members to utilize the tools in their daily lives. They will provide water resource education to communities that fall within the Upper Milwaukee River Watershed. Key community partners that are representative of non-traditional audiences will have several opportunities to inform the initiative. By providing opportunities to hear from community members, the CRP initiative will allow individuals to take ownership of resources in their communities and encourage positive changes among friends and neighbors about their roles in sustaining a healthy community.
The Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) will partner with the Walmart Foundation, Unite US, Inc., Buncombe County Public Libraries, and VAYA Health, Inc. to scale the institute's AmericaServes community impact model for the western region of North Carolina. AmericaServes works to help the military-connected community to navigate benefits and services provided for them in civilian life. With this project, they will engage and encourage libraries to play a more central role in the expansion of this initiative in and around the city of Asheville, NC, where they can serve both as "learning hubs" and "service providers." The project will work to centralize community development and service coordination in the community's libraries and to develop the library as a central focal point for community relations and discussions, as well as for learning.
The Explora Science Center & Children's Museum will partner with the New Mexico State Library, Central New Mexico Community College, the University of New Mexico Cario Toy Lending Library, the New Mexico Public Broadcasting Station, and the Bernalillo County Early Childhood Accountability Partnership (ECAP) to create and support STEM Charging Stations for Young Children & Families. The project will address a critical community issue: the achievement gap between low-income children and their more economically advantaged peers. The partners will frame their work around parent-child engagement in early STEM learning and provide increased opportunities for young children (birth through age four), parents and caregivers, and a variety of early childhood service providers to engage in STEM learning at existing community venues already serving low-income families. This will turn these sites into access points for STEM learning and exploration and will improve access for low-income families to multi-generational, science-rich learning experiences in community settings.
Milwaukee community members will join the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, artist Mary Miss, and the City as Living Laboratory (CALL) in creating a collective vision for environmental sustainability by exploring the water systems supporting their community. Key community stakeholders will investigate how art museums, artists, and citizens can become essential partners to the economic, academic, and civic entities shaping the future of Milwaukee. The project team will produce a series of eight programming activities to catalyze interdisciplinary conversations about water research, pairing artists and designers with scientists, engineers, ecologists, sociologists, and historians for public dialogs, on-site conversations, and in-depth workshops. The project will offer an opportunity for stakeholders to identify water issues and to call attention to things that they wish to celebrate, such as green roofs and rain barrels. These programs will also offer a platform for community members to share personal water stories and will lead to increased "water literacy" among Milwaukee's residents.
Triton College, the Oak Park Public Library, and Oak Park based Equity Team Inc. will develop and implement a program to increase college and career readiness for at-risk youth. Project activities will include coaching, advocacy, and academic support for youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and their families. College and career-ready coaching and mentoring will be offered to 100 families with high-school students and an additional 100 families with children in local middle schools. Local educators, administrators, youth advocates, parents, students, school board members, college professors, social workers, and community members as well as local community college students will serve as mentors. The project is based on the Dual-Capacity Building Framework and aligns with the community's aspirations , which were determined through a public dialog between the Oak Park Public Library and community stakeholders. The project is intended to address the community's aspirations to increase literacy, enhance educational outcomes, and value diversity, inclusion, and equity while providing a safe and healthy environment.
The Rose Library at Emory University will partner with the Equality Foundation of Georgia, Inc., the Emory University Centers for AIDS research, and the Southern Christian Leadership Coalition Women's Organizational Movement for Equality Now (SCLC/W.O.M.E.N.) on a community-based project to address the rise in rates of HIV/AIDS in metropolitan Atlanta. The project team will activate the connections among the medical, academic, social service, religious, advocacy, and artistic communities currently combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic. They will develop a framework by which cultural institutions can deploy their resources to educate and empower communities; serve as a bridge between past efforts and current advocacy; and connect the diverse stories of divergent groups. The project will enhance awareness of the spread of HIV/AIDS in Atlanta, including the historical and societal reasons for disparities in testing, diagnosis, and care. The project will highlight to service groups the benefits of collaborating with libraries and museums as resources to address community needs and contemporary issues.
The Lincoln Community Foundation will partner with the Lincoln Children's Museum, Lincoln City Libraries, Midwestern African Museum of Art, Nebraska History Museum, and the University of Nebraska State Museum to offer the Lincoln Reads Aloud Program, a community-wide reading aloud initiative. The project will coordinate and expand current successful reading efforts so that their purposes are aligned and their impact is multiplied. The foundation and its partners will support area museums and libraries as they take a central and highly visible role with the Read Aloud program. The project will promote reading aloud to Lincoln's overall population and will target a downtown adjacent neighborhood with extreme poverty for intensive focus. The program will provide museums and libraries with the resources they need to extend their reach through reading-oriented complements to exhibits and events and will help build awareness of these institutions among first-time users and new audiences.
The Illinois Joining forces Foundation will partner with the Illinois Library Association, DePaul University's Egan Center, and the University of Illinois - Springfield's GIS Lab to identify the organic assets within the seven most veteran-populated regions in Illinois, and identify gaps in services to the community of active duty service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF). The project will develop a process for conducting asset mapping within a community of available resources that serve veterans, and will leverage existing museum, library, and community assets to support partners as they help to connect with veterans seeking services. The partners plan to establish a veteran support community that is fully connected and integrated into a statewide network of veteran service providers, libraries, archives, museums, and community veteran service organizations and to share this model and their findings with the museum, library and community development fields