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Kenilworth DCPNI Proposal Complete - 12 17 12

Kenilworth DCPNI Proposal Complete - 12 17 12

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Feedback submitted to the DCPS Consolidation and Reorganization Proposal (November 2012)

Feedback submitted to the DCPS Consolidation and Reorganization Proposal (November 2012)

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Five Promises for Two Generations
 
Introduction & Overview
 As the District makes its final deliberations regarding the proposed closure of KenilworthElementary School and the re-purposing of the site as a co-located recreation center/educationcampus, the DC Promise Neighborhood
Initiative (DCPNI) seeks the Administration’s approval to
maintain and expand our presence in Kenilworth in the near and long term, to continue to providedirect services and educational supports for Kenilworth-Parkside children and their families.DCPNI i
s encouraged by the Administration’s recognition of the great need for high
-qualityeducation and recreation resources in Kenilworth-Parkside. DCPNI can play an instrumental role inhelping you deliver these needed services. In order to fulfill our commitment to the residents andimplement our mission, DCPNI formally requests 10,000 SF of space in the building in 2013 and2014, and an increase in our presence to 21,500 SF by 2015. We propose that re-use plans shoulddraw from successful local campuses such as Webb-Wheatley, and Walker Jones, and other nationalmodels.
Who We Are
The mission of DCPNI is to increase the number of children in Kenilworth-Parkside who completetheir education from cradle to college to career, and enter adulthood as productive participants inthe 21
st 
century economy and in the civic life of their communities. We accomplish this byimplementing a Two Generation model, which provides for a robust education pipeline for children,aligned with targeted supports for their parents. Our initiative is supported by the collaborativeaction of over forty partners that meet the education and support needs of local students and theirfamilies through data-driven programming. To ensure the quality of our offerings, we measure ourcollective impact on the community through a set of twelve federally mandated indicators. Ourstakeholders include Kenilworth-Parkside residents, schools, technical experts, direct serviceproviders, District government agencies, federal supporters and funders, all of which have a long-term commitment to the Kenilworth-Parkside community. Our efforts support a full continuum of education, afterschool, summertime, health & wellness, and adult education programs providingservices to more than 1000 children and their families annually.DCPNI was founded in 2009. Since the beginning, our work in Kenilworth-Parkside has beendirectly driven by feedback from community residents and baseline data that illustrates the
community’s needs. During our planning phase, Ke
nilworth-Parkside residents provided input through multiple resident retreats and regular participation in our working groups. We solicit ongoing input from residents through our monthly community engagement activities within theneighborhood, and from our Resident Board Members, who make up 1/3 of the DCPNI board. InJuly of 2012, DCPNI submitted a highly competitive Implementation Grant application to the U.S.Department of Education for nearly $30M in funding over the next five years, to support our effortson behalf of the children and parents in the Kenilworth-Parkside community.Additionally, DCPNI was
the Lead Education Partner on the DC Housing Authority’s (DCHA) Choice
Neighborhood Implementation Grant application to the U.S. Department of Housing and UrbanDevelopment. The Choice and Promise Neighborhood programs are sister initiatives built upon theprinciple that successful neighborhood revitalization efforts must transform not only the schoolsfor the children, but also the community resources including adult education, recreation, housing,retail, parkland, and family services. Although DCHA was not awarded an implementation grant thisyear, the Authority was one of nine finalists for the HUD grant and will be using feedback from HUDto improve the application and apply again next year. The Choice grant would be worth $30 millionin federal funds over 5 years for the comprehensive revitalization of Kenilworth
Parkside.
 
DCPNI at Kenilworth Elementary School
 Currently, DCPNI operates out of three classrooms on the third floor of Kenilworth ElementarySchool. This space, provided to us by DC Public Schools (DCPS), allows DCPNI to have a dailyphysical presence within the community that we serve, a critical element to engaging with localresidents and partner providers.We currently work with out-of-school time partners such as the Department of Parks andRecreation, the Fishing School, DC Reads, Jumpstart, Save the Children, local sports teams, andothers to ensure that area students have trusted afterschool and summer programming in theirneighborhood. In just this year alone DCPNI and our partners brought in well over $1.5 million inadditional services and supports directly to Kenilworth Elementary School students, teachers, andfamilies. And we are currently recruiting additional partners to fill gaps in services during theevenings, on the weekends, and throughout the summer so that Kenilworth children of all agesbenefit from extended learning time, targeted instructional support and do not suffer summerlearning loss.To support our two-generation approach, DCPNI is also currently working with the East RiverFamily Strengthening Collaborative and other partners to re-open a Parent Center in KenilworthElementary School and provide evening and weekend programming that will benefit the parents,adults and seniors of the community. Our plans include running an updated parent resource centerwith computers and Internet access for adult residents and adding full-time support for a careercenter, resource referrals, and parenting trainings. Financial services partners such as Bank on DCare poised to use the space to run targeted financial literacy classes for families that have beenidentified by the DCHA as having difficulty paying their rent in a timely manner. Legal servicespartner DLA Piper/Bread for the City has already begun utilizing the existing space to run pro-bonolegal clinics for Kenilworth-
Parkside families. Health & wellness partners such as Children’s
National Medical Center, the DC Primary Care Association, and Unity Health Care plan to use theParent Center to run health outreach programs, provide educational nutrition classes, and connect directly and regularly to the Kenilworth community. DCPNI is also working in partnership with theCommunity College of DC to bring assessment, accreditation, and training programs directly intothe Kenilworth Elementary School facility to more easily reach and serve our residents.In addition to running our operations and partner programming from the school, we regularly usethe facilities in Kenilworth to host community-wide meetings and community engagement activities. The Kenilworth community relies on the facility as a polling location and emergencyevacuation center. There is no other available indoor space in the Kenilworth community to gatherlarge groups of residents for community celebrations, educational sessions, town hall meetings, orother civic engagement events.
Re-Use Proposal
 DCPNI is a one of many Promise Neighborhoods around the country building a cradle to college tocareer education pipeline. One key characteristic of the most successful Promise Neighborhoodsand education-centered community revitalization efforts is access to a physical space within theheart of the community that can serve as a hub for providing services, programming and resourcesto all residents. Some of the most notable examples include:
 
The Harlem Children’s Zone, the original model for the federal Promise Neighborhood
program, serves families from a 100 city block area of Harlem through their system of elementary, middle and high school charter schools, and their own HCZ recreation center.They make additional use of their facilities by turning their schools into community centers

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