Local NStat: Van Dyke Houses Voting

Welcome to Van Dyke Chooses!

Let’s work together for a safe and healthy Van Dyke! This is your opportunity to make decisions for your neighborhood. 

Please review the 5 projects below, then click the vote button to select your top choice to invest $30,000 in your community!

Voting Window: 9/16 – 10/16 (CLOSED)

Project 1: Physical Space | Improve Unsafe Conditions

This project aims to make rapid improvements to unsafe conditions. The team will co-design quick improvements to construction areas, conduct safety walkthroughs, and execute policy campaigns that address chronic repair backlogs, such as lack of gas, and more.

Project 2: Economic Stability | Education and Job Training Programs

This project aims to connect community members with education and job training opportunities that foster long-term, stable careers. Resources include on-site college fairs, youth mentorship, career coaching, subsidized apprenticeship programs, and events offering funding opportunities for education programs and entrepreneurial start-ups.

Project 3: Health and Well-being | Holistic Health Training

This project seeks to train and support resident leaders and community-based organizations in providing culturally competent wellness & healing services, like mental health first aid training that centers racial equity and coping skills, access to resource guides, and small group “safe place” meetings to promote trust, sharing, and healing.

Project 4: Safety and Justice | Reduce Gun Violence

This project aims to increase community-based support in responding to and preventing gun violence with mini-grants. The grants will aid the following community-led strategies: training on peacemaking practices and restorative justice, intergenerational healing events, and increased access to therapeutic services.

Project 5: Youth Development | Youth Designed Projects

This project will co-create programming by youth for youth. There will be a range of opportunities, including arts and entrepreneurship programs; mentorship options to address trauma and provide healing circles, or peer-to-peer support groups; life skills training on financial management and healthy relationships; and expanded networks for youth to access a wider range of resources.