Neighborhood Partnership Initiative
The previous Neighborhoods in Action Program is now known as the Neighborhood Partnership Initiative! Here are some of the changes that have been made to the program:
- The previous 22 neighborhoods have been combined into nine. These neighborhoods are based on the Development Services neighborhood planning groups and will be used for planning and communication purposes only.
- There are no more leadership positions. Previous chairs have been invited to participate in neighborhood plans, trainings, etc.
- Communication to neighborhood residents will be done through targeted emails, mailings, social media, utility bills, newsletters, schools, and the utilization of a network of community leaders that are connected with the people of a given neighborhood or area.
The Fall Clean-Up is right around the corner! Clean up your house and your neighborhood by getting rid of your waste at these events! There are options for almost all types of waste. See the link below for details
One of the new focuses of the Neighborhood Program Initiative is to work more effectively with schools in the community. Recently, the City of Orem Police partnered with Geneva Elementary to pilot a Reading with Police Program. The new program was designed by Neighborhood Preservation Unit Sergeant Mike Paraskeva. Sergeant Paraskeva was concerned about the correlation between illiteracy and incarceration rates. The program is designed to be simple and is meant to encourage students to read and to help them feel more comfortable around police officers–seeing them as friends and not enemies. Police officers and dispatchers read to 184 kindergartners, first-, second-, and third-graders for 80 minutes during the month of February. Students received pencils and bookmarks as well. The program was very successful and we are working to expand the program to other local income schools and also provide books to students.