Thursday, April 14, 2011
Presenting the Central Harlem Coalition (CHC)
Next week, the group will focus on reaching out to local organizations to recruit the kids......stay tuned!
Once the event planning concluded for the evening, talk turned to the coalition structure with much of the discussion centering on branding (especially since the flyers needed to go out). Members debated the name of the coalition and came to the consensus that the use of the words "Drug Free" were perhaps a little limiting and could potentially turn away some community stakeholders. They unanimously voted to shorten the name to the "Central Harlem Coalition". Additionally, they may add a tagline to help describe the focus of the group.
From there...talk moved to officially selecting two co-chairs for the group with representatives from both Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center & Our Children's Foundation being frontrunners. While I'm pretty sure this will end up being formalized....I don't want to announce it prematurely...Stay Tuned!
Finally, the group voted to establish a P.O. Box and Coalition email address to help with correspondence and donations. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They will also be working on revising the mission statement to better reflect the work and purpose of the group, creating some membership guidelines, and finalizing their MOU's.
It's been a lot of progress in a short time....not bad for a group that was unsure if they would continue three weeks ago....BRAVO!
Until next week.....CW