The IN-CROWD was created to serve those who serve. For the last year and a half we have built the platform to perform our mission. We now have moved from our organizing phase to the action mode. Here are several of our projects in progress:
FUND RAISING AID FOR FRONTLINE CHANGE-MAKERS
Helping front line organizations have the tools for more effective fundraising. Through our Partnership with the Kannico Agency and Kapacity For Good we’re inviting all groups working to improve the quality of life in underserved communities to valuable monthly free interactive coaching sessions that imparts valuable information to assist in their funding activities. Our Partner 211 has sent a flier inviting PBC organizations.
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SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE THE UNDERSERVEDFREE interactive fundraising mentoring series. Increase your ability to raise funds for your group using proven strategies and tools for success.
You are receiving this e-mail from The IN-CROWD as an acknowledgment of the committed work that you do to improve the quality of life for residents of the underserved communities of Palm Beach Co.
Your contribution to the community entitles you to FREE live coaching sessions presented by Capacity For Good and facilitated by the Kannico Agency. This opportunity is a no strings gift for you to enhance your fundraising tool bag. This kind of support program could cost money that could easily be unaffordable. The program includes live interactive one hour monthly zooms each 2nd Friday + Varied topics and strategies + Support materials. If you can use this help don’t let this opportunity pass.
Mark your calendar to attend the full series, All presentations from 1:00-2:00 PM
Registration Required: E-MAIL your contact information below to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: STEVE 561-499-0974 with questions or comments. I’m available 7 days a week. 9AM-9PM
BUILDING LAW ENFORCEMENT/UNDERSERVED NEIGHBORHOOD RELATIONSHIPS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PBC PDs and Community LEADERS & RESIDENTS
Palm Beach County is blessed with many good and caring police departments which are committed to engage with the underserved neighborhoods in their jurisdiction to build mutual understanding and responsive policing that serves the goal of justice for all. If this topic is of interest to you click the TRAD MORE button below.
POLICE/COMMUNITY UNITY OPPORTUNITY
THE IN-CROWD IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORT POLICE AND COMMUNITY TO UNIFY TO FASHION TOGETHER a comprehensive program to build a genuine community/police partnership which will create an environment of mutual trust and understanding resulting in collaborative actions to achieve the mutual aspiration of equitable protection and service for all residents. A roadmap for the 10 step program to these goals is found below:.
UNITE: Law enforcement and underserved communities each unite behind the goal of equal justice and opportunity for all. County-wide unity – local implementation.
EARN TRUST: Each group earns trust of the other by word and deed. (See The IN-CROWD’S Building Bridges Program)
CELEBRATE TOGETHER: A large Countywide celebration brings all together.
RAISE EXPECTATIONS: Each group raises expectations focusing on what can be if we make it so.
TRANSFORMATION: Mutual cooperative and protective law enforcement resulting in a stable environment that provides the atmosphere for equal justice and opportunity for all to grow to reach their individual and societal potential.
IMAGINE all Palm Beach County PDs forming a united countywide front to actively demonstrate their genuine commitment to build mutual understanding and trust with the neighborhoods that they serve.
IMAGINE PDs serving in welcoming trusting communities by building relationships through concerned involvement in underserved neighborhoods, thus earning trust replacing cynicism.
STOP IMAGINING, LET’S DO IT: The elements exist in PBC to stop imagining and actually achieve this aspiration. Fortunately, Palm Beach County possesses the pieces of this puzzle. The trick is actively putting the pieces together. Our PDs are sincerely committed to improve community relations. Many PDs already have people and programs in place and working to generate mutual understanding. These programs are geared to build confidence show that they really want to be part of the community. By unifying as a countywide force for transformation, you can imagine the beneficial results.
Read the details of the 10 Step Program by clicking the READ MORE Button below.
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THE 10 STEP PROGRAM
NOTE: This is a framework to be used as a guide. It would be wrong minded and counter-productive for the IN-CROWD to come to either the police or the community with “our” specific plan. Our job is to offer up a skeleton for the front line participants to put the muscles and flesh on. What we humbly offer up here is meant as a discussion starter to be brainstormed together so the most practical and effective program emerges.
STEP 1: PBC PDs participate in a private zoom to take place July 14th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM. The purpose is to brainstorm the aspiration of genuinely affirmative police/community relations and how to achieve the ultimate goal.
STEP 2: Have a similar private zoom with leaders and residents in affected neighborhoods as well as survey and meet the community to ask them how they can best be served. The IN-CROWD Partnership and the PDs should both do this.
STEP 3: Organize a joint committee to produce a final Action Plan. The committee would include both officers and community members. All work will be done electronically for speed and convenience. Include others such as State Attorney, Public Defender, the Sherriff’s Department, Judges, Leagal Aid, etc. to be involved in the process.
STEP 4: Begin Public Awareness Campaign through tradition media, electronic media, the IN-CROWD Partner’s communication network including houses of worship, and all other available means.
STEP 5: Begin the Action Program to demonstrate that the PDs genuinely care about serving and protecting everyone in their jurisdiction. For example, Departments or individual officers plug into Building Bridges Partnership Program (ie, mentoring, tutoring, food bank volunteering, community beautification, etc. etc. through IN-CROWD/United Way, Urban League, etc existing community programs.) There are hundreds of officers in our combined county police forces. The overwhelming majority desire to protect and serve the community they work in. The IN-CROWD will work with the departments to inspire officers to donate one hour a week to mentor youngsters, help out at the food banks, work on community beautification, ref or participate in sports events, and in some personal way demonstrate their caring human side.
STEP 6: CELEBRATION: This is the fun way to bring everyone together in a celebratory atmosphere. After the preliminary work of organizing, coordinating, publicizing, and activating, PBC will hold a huge Countywide celebration. We will shoot for a Saturday in late October? (Assuming that things will be mostly back to normal) This will not only be a positive celebration it will be set up for positive interaction between all elements of the community. There’ll be food, fun, entertainment, prizes, speeches, etc. There will be volunteer stations set up where front line organizations will be able to recruit volunteers and resources for their programs.
This celebration will be the end of the beginning of the program and the beginning of the end of unequal opportunity and injustice . All will be celebratory and positive. police, pols, orgs, clergy – all aspects of our broad community will attend and rub elbows. We’ll create events and processes to encourage mingling. All people’s Day will inject their time tested processes to entertain and bring people together in conscious barrier breaking activities.
STEPS 7, 8, 9, 10: Will be building on these above first steps to help raise expectations and standards within and without the community. This process is geared to unify all participants to participate in creating a community that has had enough of the elements that hold the uneven dispensation of opportunity and justice in place. When people understand the problems, and desire common sense change, there is no force that can hold them back.
This is where the rubber meets the road. The discussion of what policing in the actual transforming process looks like from the PD’s side. This involves questions such as “no tolerance” policies with the drug trade and the perpetrators of violence. The hard core neighborhoods need to break the perpetual negative cycles at the source to help create the culture shift we are all after. A consequence of building trust in the first phase will result in everyone having an ear to identify, analyze, and implement the policies that will keep the residents safe and remove the overhanging cloud of fear that pervades some neighborhoods within the general community. That parallel discussion needs to take place in a serious dialog between the community and law enforcement from the start to end of the process. Finding the points of agreement and putting them into action is the purpose of this process.
FOR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS CONTACT STEVE WEST: 561-499-0974 OR STEVE@THERATIONALMAJORITY.ORG.
MENTORING PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNITED WAY
The Palm Beach County United Way is a venerated pillar of Palm Beach County life. They say it best in their mission statement: “At United Way, we believe compassion and generosity are at the heart of the Palm Beach County community. For more than 90 years, we’ve seen our neighbors step up in big and small ways to help each other meet daily basic needs, recover from hurricanes, and persevere through the economic impact of a global pandemic. We invite you to See, Feel, and Be the Heart of Palm Beach County with us!”
The IN-CROWD’s mission of “Serving Those Who Serve” provides us with the opportunity to help empower those whom the United Way serves – the frontline organizations which are working in the underserved communities of our county.
Working with Allison Overstreet, Volunteer Services & Mentoring Outreach Coordinator, and her team we will reach out into the community with another voice to help recruit and match up volunteers with the ideal situation for them to use their life skills to contribute to enhance the lives of their neighbors.
Click the READ MORE button below to view the United Way’s inspirational presentation of how you can literally change two lives by giving one hour a week.
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When you were young, did you have a role model who inspired you or was a positive voice in your life?
It takes one person to make a difference in a child’s life. You can be that person.
With all that our world is facing today, it’s more important than ever for kids to have a caring adult in their life who will encourage and empower them through real life decisions. Right now in Palm Beach County, 1,050 kids are waiting to be matched with a mentor.Watch to see how you can turn up your impact in our community through mentoring.
Research shows that students who participate in mentor relationships miss fewer school days, are less likely to participate in negative behaviors and more likely to graduate on time.
Spending just one hour a week with a mentor can help a child become:
- 55% more likely to be enrolled in college.
- 81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.
- More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.
- 52% less likely to skip a day of school.
- 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs.
- 27% less likely to start drinking.
What Does It Take to Be a Good Mentor?
All you need to do is show up, be present, and be yourself.
Often we get asked “What does it take to be a mentor? I just don’t know if I am qualified.” Our response is usually the same. Why would you not be qualified? Your unique life experiences will help a kid navigate their path and overcome obstacles.
Being a mentor is being a listener, a guide, a support, a cheerleader, providing insight, and fostering success in others. Here are a few qualities that all mentors share:
- A sincere desire to connect with a young person
- Respect for young people
- Active listening skills
- Ability to see solutions and opportunities
It’s normal to go into mentoring being unsure of what impact it will make, not realizing that you have the opportunity to create a positive shift in the life of a young person- impacting generations of people to come.
We can guarantee that you will change two lives through mentorship – both you and your mentee will experience incredible fulfillment.
About Our Mentor Center
Under the Mentor Center, United Way now funds and has oversight of 23 local mentor programs.
The Mentor Center also serves as the anchor of the Palm Beach County Mentor Network, a professional affiliation of 50 formal mentor programs working together to elevate mentoring in the community. These local mentor programs oversee more than 10,000 mentor matches.
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TUTORING PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PBC PUBLIC SCHOOLS