Mission Housing staff support Civics Day program to encourage young activism
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 students from all over the Bay Area crowded into The Women’s Building for a field trip day of speeches by civic leaders, project presentations to judges, lunch activities, and a class awards ceremony. The point of the Civics Day semester-long program is help young people learn civics by “doing” civics – by taking action on real-world issues they care about.
Students learn about community issues. Then, the issue is narrowed down to a local focus. Finally, the students learn how to identify the root cause of the issue being studied. This helps them develop a main goal for the action project, and a timeline of strategies and tactics.
The students prepare tri-fold board to present their project to a series of a Civics Day judge groups over the course of 45 minutes. Judges evaluate students on a five part criteria.
“It’s so heart-warming to hear the passion in these students as they learn how to talk about the issues,” said Marcía Contreras of Mission Housing Development Corporation. “Our future is in good hands!”
Civics Day is the semi-annual culminating event of each Generation Citizen semester.
To find out more about Civics Day and Generation Citizen, click HERE
Several dozen Mission Housing residents are now connected to the internet at a reduced rate, thanks to Comcast
A free event held May 6th in the community room of Valencia Gardens was staged to help qualifying seniors sign-up for “Internet Essentials,” the pilot program launched by Comcast in 2015. The program provides seniors with basic access to the World Wide Web for $9.95 a month.
The seniors who qualified were aged 62 or older, receive qualifying federal and/or state public assistance and were without previous connection to Comcast.
“For many of our residents, having access to the internet is how they put their minds to work and keep in touch with the world around them, and with family,” said Marcía Contreras, head of Resident Services for Mission Housing Development Corporation. “This is another way we at Mission Housing work hard to always be improving the quality of life for our residents.”
Employees from other sponsors of the event also provided the manpower needed to interview each resident and help get their applications filled out. Then, Comcast employees volunteered their time to represent the seniors on the phone with the Comcast call center to complete the enrollment.
While the registrations were being completed, the residents enjoyed free catered lunch, Bingo games with prizes, and karaoke.
At the end of the registration event ten laptops were raffled off, as were “Opportunity Cards” — Comcast gift cards that provided free internet service for six months.
The event was co-sponsored by SF Connected, a program of the SF Department of Aging and Adult Services. SF Connected provides free computer training at various sites around San Francisco. Also sponsoring was Community Living Campaign, a program dedicated to reducing isolation other barriers to aging populations and the disabled.
Dangers of high blood pressure shared with Alcantara Court residents
Every month the residents of Alcantara Court have ‘community meetings.’ Speakers are often invited. At this community meeting students from the San Francisco State University Nursing Program make a presentation about the warning signs of high blood pressure. The quiz included in the talk helped dispel the stereotypes about who is most at risk for high blood pressure. The talk was presented in English and Spanish. One of the nursing students translated for a Chinese resident. The SFSU instructor — a registered nurse — coached the students and answered more detailed questions from the residents.
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