Congratulations RYLA Class of 2018!
In early 2015 A. Philip Randolph Institute, in partnership with city agencies such as Department of the Environment, SF PUC, and Neighborhood Empowerment Network, launched a youth leadership pilot programs that became known as Resilient Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA). The RYLA program engaged 10 Bayview youth leaders in an intensive 8 week capacity-building opportunity emphasizing professional skill-building and increased awareness of the role young people play in civic leadership. RYLA youth leaders further developed their capacity as community leaders by learning about how climate change acts as an environmental community stressor in Bayview. Using the professional and civic skills and knowledge, youth developed sustainable mitigation plans to combat the negative future impacts of climate change as it effects their community.
Developing professional and civic skills, learning about the impacts of climate change on urban communities, and developing sustainable mitigation plans to combat this issue are all play into the long-term goal of the RYLA program which to facilitate in the process of setting Bayview youth on a career path that will position them to remain active and effective leaders in the Bayview community.
The RYLA program is quickly becoming a NEN favorite. There have been many positive outcomes to the program, the most inspiring being that teenagers are becoming excited about getting engaged with their city.
Here are a few more of the outcomes from our past RYLA cohorts:
1. All RYLA youth voluntarily participated in evaluation processes to measure the impact and effectiveness of the program on youth participants.
2 Participants were able to identify issues about climate change that was not evident in their everyday news or immediate environment. For example, it is perhaps not common knowledge to a young person that an “evacuation plan” is immediately linked to the effects of climate change. Therefore it seems evident that participants gained in-depth knowledge about the factors and possible impacts on climate change as it relates to their specific community.
3. Participants’ self-identified new skills and leadership characteristics typically aligned with those attributed to community leaders.
4. Upon the completion of the RYLA program, a majority of participants self-identify as community leaders.
Hosting a Neighborfest Block Party is a lot of fun, if you have the right tools and resources. The NEN has partnered with an amazing group of agencies to provide you with the following:
* Courtesy of Public Works – Based on availability
** Courtesy of Recology
*** Based on availability
For questions regarding this program, please contact Tre Russell Allen at 415 554 7011 or email Russell.Allen@sfgov.org.
About the ISCOTT Application Process:
The following is a list of available Neighborfest dates. There are only three slots available each weekend and you must submit a completed Neighborfest Host Application receive a confirmation email confirming your reservation in order to move forward onto the ISCOTT Block Party Street Closure Application process. Questions? Call or email Tre Russell Allen at 415 554 7011 or Russell.Allen@sfgov.org
No Neighborfest dates remain. We have reserved dates for 34 Neighborfests. However we are working to add more dates due to high demand. Please stay tuned and contact Russell.Allen@SFGov.0rg for more information.
Neighborfest Block Parties can be hosted Saturdays between August 4th and November 3rd and there are a limit of three (3) Neighborfest slots per Saturday.
Neighborfest application deadlines are as follows:
There are only forty two slots available this year for Neighborfests, three per weekend, be sure to submit your Neighborfest application to secure your date.
The first steps in getting your 2018 Neighborfest planning process up and running are:
Review the list below of available dates and select the one that works best for you and your team.
REMEMBER: Date reservations are issued on a first come first serve basis!
REMEMBER: Your ability to reserve a date is contingent to submitting a completed application and receiving an email confirmation. Questions? Contact Tre Russell Allen at 415 554 7011 or email Russell.Allen@sfgov.org.
Once you have received confirmation of your reservation – download the ISCOTT Block Party Street Closure Application and submit it ASAP.
REMEMBER: Be sure to submit a completed ISCOTT Application. Questions? Contact Nick Chapman at Nick.Chapman@sfmta.com or call him at 415 646 2414.
REMEMBER: Once you have your Neighborfest date reserved – download the Neighborfest Host Toolkit and start organizing your event. It may be weeks before your ISCOTT Application makes it through the approval process, so be pro-active and start organizing your team.
The toolkit is designed to create a road map for a successful Neighborfest event. It will help identify your goals and objectives while providing a framework of roles and responsibilities. It offers forms, checklists, and a promotional flier to help you plan and execute your event!
Click the orange download icon below to download the brand new 2017 Neighborfest Host Toolkit!