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Addressing the Community Needs of Elmhurst/Corona, Queens based on data provided by the CCC of NY DEC 2019
What problem would you like to solve?
Based on data provided by the CCC (Citizens’ Committee for Children) of NY, the community of Corona have found the following needs for our community:
1. Opportunities for Families to Spend Time Together
2. Whole-Family Approaches to Behavioral Health
3. Supports for Immigrant Households
4. Early Education and After School Programing
5. Safety in Public Spaces and at Home
6. Information and Support to Access Existing Opportunities
Why is it important to solve? Why is it relevant for the community?
This is important to solve because we have an opportunity to build the neighborhood from the root up. If immigrant families can be supported in the ways they are seeking, we can meet them in the middle to build the foundation of support the Elmhurst/Corona area deserves. If more youth can find niches in community centers, the more outlets the youth have to feel more united as a neighborhood.
What idea do you have to address the problem?
Additional community centers would be beneficial to the neighborhood. Especially ones that run later into the evening/night. These should be geared to attract immigrant families to come and do an array of things. such as: Parent/Child English seminars/courses, community dinner time, special events, sports, movies, homework help, job finding, and more.
According to key findings by the CCC in their Dec. 2019 report, they stated "The district has a higher share of households with children compared to households in Queens or citywide, with North Corona having both the greatest number and share of children among the neighborhoods in the district." Children need a place to go and feel like a community. They need to be supported.
Who would that help?
This would allow families in Corona to have another outlet in which they can support their children.
According to key findings by the CCC in their Dec. 2019 report, "In nearly every conversation with caregivers, youth, and service providers, we heard about families wanting to spend more time together in leisure activities. However, families are limited by the long hours they need to work to sustain their basic needs. Caregivers and service providers we spoke with discussed how long working hours also presented challenges for finding childcare for young children or providing older children with homework help or other support. Caregivers desired greater availability of free or low-cost after school and summer programs; even though several programs are available in the area, demand vastly outstrips supply."
Additionally, in their Dec. 2019 report"...high school graduation rates have been rising, as have test scores for both primary and secondary students, but still lag well behind progress observed citywide. The share of teens or youth who are not in school and not working is lower than the borough and city averages, and the teen birth rate has been decreasing but remains much higher than the citywide average. Finally, while the rate of violent felonies in the district is also on the decline, data from a NYC Health Department survey suggest a smaller share of adults in the district compared to citywide agree that their neighbors are willing to help one another." Students and Children are making the effort to improve and close achievement gaps. They need more support to make it sustainable.
What NYC borough would benefit from your idea?
[Queens, but the idea is just as applicable in other boroughs. ]
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