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After participating in six-weeks of intensive community development training, LISC's 2019 Community Connectors Cohort will mark completing their Institute with a community celebration on November 19, 2019.
Connectors are residents of the neighborhoods they serve, sharing information with their neighbors about events, resources and opportunities for those who may not have access to the internet or social media. The outgoing graduates have undergone a six-week training program where they learned how to be conduits for change while applying modern strategies and new technology to engage their neighbors in a meaningful way. The program hires and pays local people to help with projects around the neighborhood and to serve as liaisons between development organizations and residents.
City Councilmember-elect Jamie Gauthier, an urban planner and former LISC Staff Member will make keynote remarks. Concilperson elect Gauthier has dedicated herself to protecting West Philadelphians from displacement and defending them against tax increases. She has also made connecting low-income residents to better jobs and finding more affordable housing solutions cornerstones of her public service. Her agenda aligns with everything LISC Philadelphia has broadly supported and lent their financial support to for almost 40 years.
“LISC and our partners believe that residents and neighbors are vital sources of shared information that drives community development,” says LISC Philadelphia Executive Director Andrew Frishkoff. “The Community Connectors are an integral part of engagement meeting their neighbors at their individual points of need and access.”