Hyde Park Spooktacular 2016
LinkStL, along with community partner ND&S Management Co. and students from the Brown School of Social Work, organized the 2016 Spooktacular for the second consecutive year. Thanks to the teamwork of residents and volunteers, this year's Spooktacular was bigger than before with more than 450 residents in attendance.
Social Capacity Community Meetings
The staff at LinkStL met with residents of Hyde Park to learn about the importance of coming together to create a positive impact within the community.
Hyde Park / Brown School of Social Work Collaborative Meeting - September
Residents and stakeholders of Hyde Park met with second year Washington University Brown School of Social Work students of instructor Barbara Levin to address issues impacting the Hyde Park neighborhood. Resident, stakeholders, and students were split into work groups focusing on one impact area including education, housing, economic and workforce development, infrastructure, and resident safety, and more.
Summer Jobs League
Partnering with SLATE and local Hyde Park businesses, Links helped the youth of Hyde Park and Old North get jobs within their neighborhood. For some of the youth, this was their first job. Knowing this may be the case, SLATE held a three-day job readiness training seminar for all summer workers. They learned about proper attire in the workplace, workplace etiquette, and even financial responsibility from our partner Prosperity Connection.
What better way to celebrate Earth, than to celebrate in our community! Taking something common and adding a twist, LinkStL celebrated its first Earth Day in Hyde Park. Earth Day was a day to celebrate residents and their space in the community. To bring people together, LinkStL partnered with many organizations to create a family fun event. This event featured family and community partnerships, which resulted in face painting, positive images with chalk drawings on the streets, community gardening, music, food and so much more.
Financial Literacy Classes
Working with our partner, Prosperity Connection, we hosted several financial literacy/empowerment classes covering different topics including credit building and repair, creating a budget or spending plan, financing a home, and predatory lending.
Understanding there was a need for enriching summer programming for local students, LinkStL developed a summer camp for neighborhood children between the ages of 8 - 12 years-old. This 4 week program included activities like yoga, financial empowerment, arts and culture, gardening, free writing, book club, dance, theater, and karate.
Hyde Park Spooktacular
On what is the most dangerous day of the year, Halloween, families joined to walk the streets safely for the first Halloween(trick-or-treating) event. More than 200 residents joined in as 32 homes and 5 organizations created a route for youth to trick-or-treat.