Statement of Problem
In recent years community centers have been closing due to lack of funding and general maintenance challenges. Community centers have for decades have been a staple of unity, encouragement, and most importantly support for the community and its residents. For many communities, this loss can be devastating. These losses can include a safe place for children, teens, homework help, tutoring, sports, art and culture, lastly resources and support for the family. Along with this community, centers can be a deterrent to jail and prison.
Positive Transitioning plans to solve this problem by partnering with libraries, schools, churches, and other organizations for donated or low-cost space for a few hours to run the pop-up community center. With this donated space we will provide activities that will help children increase their skills in a variety of different activities. Positive Transitioning will also provide resources and services that will help the family as a whole. This will solve the challenge of funding and building maintenance. Positive Transitioning Volunteers will assist with set-up, activities, and tear-down. This will provide the community with a safe place to find support and resources for adults and children. By providing the pop-up community center this will be one part of rebuilding the communities and deterring both adults and children from jail and prison.
Our ApproachPositive Transitioning will partner with schools, churches, parks, libraries, and other organizations for donated or low-cost space. These pop-ups will happen on the weekend for 12 hrs during the week and after school.
We understand the barrier of transportation for many families, so for families that would like to attend; we will provide transportation by the community outreach volunteers. Rides will be booked through our App.
The pop-up community center will be delivered by means of Positive Transitioning Volunteers that have diverse backgrounds. This provides the community with access to different experiences, and chances to learn skills that can create new opportunities.
During pop-up hours we will partner with restaurants to provide donated or discounted meals. Meals will also at times be provided by Positive Transitioning food truck Broke Eatz. This will assist families that are dealing with food insecurity.
We will provide a variety of activities for adults as well as children. These activities include:
Sports and Physical Activities
Mobile Music Studio
During Pop-up hours the community will have access to the Positive Transitioning Mobile Unit.
Mobile Food Pantry
Enrollment in PT programs
We will partner with mobile clinics, dentists, and other mobile units that support the community. Positive Transitioning will request that these units come during the hours and days.
Pop-Up Center Timeline and Hours
10:00am - Set-up by Pt Volunteers
1:00pm - Pop-up center opens
3:45pm - Homework Help and Tutoring
5:00pm - Mobile Units Arrive
6:00pm - Dinner is served
8:00pm - Pop-up Closes/Teardown