The Commit! team has started a new tradition of sorts; once a month, our staff arranges a lunch-hour visit to learn more about a partner organization, neighborhood or initiative. The purpose is simple: to listen, learn and break bread together.
Thus far, we’ve been hosted by some great organizations: Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation, Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, Concord Church, Vogel Alcove and, most recently, Jubilee Park & Community Center.
It was only recently that the thought struck us: “Why don’t we share what we learn with a wider audience?” So, thanks to our friends at Jubilee Park, we offer up our first “partner spotlight” post!
We were attracted to Jubilee Park due to the significant impact they have helped achieve in their neighborhood, from their youngest to eldest residents. Through an integrated, partner-driven approach, the neighborhood has achieved a significant reduction in crime, constructed affordable senior housing units and seen nearby O.M. Roberts Elementary School go from being one of the lowest performing schools in Dallas ISD to exemplary status.
As with many similar efforts, the organization is tackling challenges related to data and youth engagement, but with implementation of a new data system, expanded capacity to serve and a new affordable housing initiative underway, Jubilee Park continues to stand tall in the community. Read on to learn more!