Friday, September 3, 2010

VIS ADVOCACY | Rosedale Community Problem Definition

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Individually or in a group, identify a problem specific to our community partners and design a
solution to address that problem. The audience, media, and subject matter are all open, though
should be driven by your research—as your goal is to instigate, inspire and lead positive social
change on behalf of the community partners. Project proposals will be developed and submitted
to the “design ignites change” 2010 implementation awards for consideration of up to $15,000
to produce your project.


ROSEDALE
The community partner in which we are working with is Rosedale, a historic community in Kansas City, Kansas. We are working specifically with the Rosedale Ministerial Alliance Healthy Kids Initiative and their efforts to fight childhood obesity, as well as general health and safety within their community. 

Last week we were able to meet with the leaders of the community initiative to get a feel for their problems and needs. During that time we were exposed to their entire community, its interactions, accomplishments, and aspirations. From this meeting I identified some of the problems that resonated with me and have an interest in working with and developing.

AREAS OF INTEREST 
01. Access to and knowledge of healthy food, and the appreciation of it – also the effects it has upon the community and more importantly the individual in regards to mood and spirit.

02. Lack of schools, Parks & Rec, and individuals implementating sports / activities – In regards to after school and extra-curricular activities and the relationships, life skills, and traits they develop with the individual and the community. Also involving individuals and KC Parks & Rec that could take a non-academic approach.

03. "Kids don't dream..." – Addressing the fact that these kids do not have a lot of forward thinking and goals – working towards defining individuality, establishing idols and getting parents and teachers involved. 



DECIDED AREA OF INTEREST 
02. Lack of schools, Parks & Rec, and individuals implementating sports / activities – In regards to after school and extra-curricular activities and the relationships, life skills, and traits they develop with the individual and the community. Also involving individuals and KC Parks & Rec that could take a non-academic approach. 

Audience: This problem will most likely target the influential age of kids 3rd to 8th grade, as well as potentially involving athletic directors, high school students, KC Parks & Rec, and community park developers (activity organizers).
 

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