Danielle Parker is a PhD student in the School of Education and CCP Intern working in Lenior County
Members of the Kinston Promise Neighborhood Program haven’t lost momentum since the submission of their Promise Neighborhoods application to the US Department of Education. Groups that applied for the grant have had some concerns about the future of funding. President Obama originally requested $210 million for the project however, on Tuesday July 27, a Senate Appropriations committee voted to fund the project at $20 million. The national research and action group, Policy Link has forged a national campaign to continue to advocacy for the funding. The group has suggested that supporters of Promise Neighborhoods set up meetings with Congressional members while they are on August recess.
Although Kinston Promise Neighborhood Program (KPNP) realizes the potential decreased funding, they have pledged to move forward. KPNP recently meet this week to discuss their future plans. Each agency present realized that their meetings have helped to identify the numerous agencies in the community that are committed to youth development. The monthly meetings are helping to better coordinate services for children and families.
KPNP was recently contacted by Youth Today, a independent, national newspaper that focuses on issues of youth development, juvenile justice, gang and violence prevention, adolescent health and others. The newspaper was interested in Kinston because of its application in the category of Priority 2, rural areas. Kinston is among 49 applicants in this category.
This week’s meeting proved to be productive in allowing the group to move forward with plans for creating a neighborhood of promise. Funding decisions for the Promise Neighborhood program will be announced in September 2010.