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Feedback on Student Work from Mark Fenton


In November 2011, Mark Fenton, a national expert on built environments and healthy communities, accompanied the Live Well Lauderhill community team on a tour led by students.  You can learn more about his work at http://markfenton.com We keep Mr. Fenton posted on what’s happening here and he sent the following feedback after the Going Places Photo Voice exhibit:

This is impressive beyond words, but in no way surprising. I really believe it is a phenomenal model for other communities to follow, and think we should be identifying some of the key lessons of your success. In no particular order, these come to mind:

1. The physical proximity of the Y and the school, so that it is basically a part of the school community and seamless to the kids.

2. Amazing leadership, or better MENTORSHIP and stewardship by the team at the Y. It is critical that the adult guidance be there for the kids insights and skills to reach fruition.

3. A ready outside partner, in this case (at least, if not more) the innovative community art studio and associated redevelopment effort.

4. A well defined challenge (or challenges). Rather than starting with a massive canvas–how do we change the entire community–you are tackling some very specific, well-defined and recognized opportunities for improvement. This means you will also be able to concretely measure progress.

I don’t list the kids as a unique lesson or asset, because in general I believe young people have a huge amount to offer as long as we put these other  elements in place to open the door for them.

Thanks for your ongoing encouragement Mr. Fenton!  We all especially loved the last line about young people and feel blessed everyday to work with such wonderful, hopeful students.


Going Places Exhibit Premires at the Lauderhill Art Center


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!!!!

Sun Sentinel Features Live Well Lauderhill Tour


The Live Well Lauderhill tour was featured in the Sun Sentinel Sunday.  A couple of notes will help expand upon the article:

1) While some partners are listed in the article, far more attended the tour.  Nearly the entire list of partners on the website were represented along with many others.  Thank you to everyone for your participation!

2) The article lists the CDC grant at $12,000.  This is the correct amount of the award, however, it should be noted that only a fraction of the grant was used to sponsor the community tour.  Other important work that this grant funded was two conferences in Washington DC for the leadership team to fulfill the work of the grant process along with the upcoming student art exhibit at the Lauderhill Art Center on January 19th.



Scenes from the Live Well Lauderhill Tour