Y Leaders, FIU Artists, and Mayor Kaplan discuss opportunities
Live Well Lauderhill champion, Mayor Kaplan, greets the students
Awaiting student leader response
FIU Art Professors Present their designs to Lauderhill student leaders
In support of the Own the Overpath project, the Community Foundation of Broward has provided the Y of Broward County with funding to support the development and installation of a community designed public art project. Students, community members, city and Turnpike Authority officials, and many others have been working for several months to develop a vision for this project. The community’s vision for this project was formed through several meetings and student trips to FIU to meet with Professors Jacek Kolasinski and Roberto Rovira and a team of graduate students. FIU professors then returned to the Lauderhill Y to present the plan to the student leaders for approval. The project is now being presented at HOA meetings and the Lauderhill City Commission. Installation of this amazing work will take place this fall!
Students deliver the message
Reuniting with colleague Mark Fenton
Who’s the student now?
Broward County was the host site for the Statewide Pioneering Healthy Communities and REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) conference. This event was sponsored by the CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Live Well Lauderhill was a host site for one of the mobile workshops and the students of Live Well Lauderhill conducted a plenary session to communicate their story with communities from around the country. A special treat was reconnecting Mark Fenton, national expert and leader of our first community tour in Lauderhill, with the Live Well Lauderhill students. He congratulated the students on their amazing work and on how much taller they all are than when he met them in November 2011!
The Going Places student art exhibit opened at the Lauderhill Art Center on Thursday 1/19 and will remain on display until 1/30. Following its run at the center, it will move to Lauderhill City Hall and finally to the Youth Summit at the Broward County Convention Center on March 7th. While the photos are fantastic, the true power of the images was brought to life by the Lauderhill Community Y students who told stories about each of the images. The students had the opportunity to share their stories with Mayor Kaplan, Commissioner Benson, Commissioner Thurston, and many other city and community leaders. Thank you to each of the students who helped us learn so much more about the Lauderhill community. Your perspective is incredibly valuable and your hard work is greatly appreciated. Great job! And thank you for not selling your photos just yet to the many people who tried to purchase them–we’ll open the bidding March 8th!!!!
The students and staff of the Lauderhill Community Y invite you to join them on Saturday 2/25 9:00am-12:00noon for the quarterly “Own the Overpath” cleanup. Students will lead efforts to clean the overpath and identify safety and sanitation needs for the area. Are you a student, professional, or community organization looking for a service project–we welcome your help. Individuals are also encouraged. Come out and support the students as they work to improve their community. Just bring your energy and meet at the Lauderhill Community Y at 9:00am! Contact Jocelyn Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Spoiler Alert: the boombox crew may be making a guest appearance….
A sneak peek at some of the work the students are creating for their exhibit on 1/19 at the Lauderhill Art Center. The photo below was created by Kevon of the Live Well Lauderhill Student Leader team. He has titled it “Going Places” These students certainly are!