Nov 27, 2012

Parkside Neighborhood Center

The latest happenings at Parkside Neighborhood Center
In the past several months, the Parkside Neighborhood Center has been working on some exciting new projects with local businesses, agencies and neighbors.  We have begun a new partnership with our local KeyBank in Portland, with the assistance of Charlie Kennedy, Vice President of Community Development Banking, and Stevan Stromsky, Branch Manager/Vice President of KeyBank Monument Square.

We are offering a quarterly financial management class, “Learn and Earn,” to Parkside adults in 4-week sessions one evening a week.  The most recent October class included French interpreter services.

In addition to our current Night Light After-School Program for youth in Grades 1-5, we have opened our new after-school program, the King-Parkside Collaborative (K-PAC), serving 6th graders in collaboration with King Middle School and USM. 

Other current offerings at PNC include: Family Supper Night, a weekly meal and family activity program run in partnership with Wayside Food Programs, a weekly one-on-one Job Skills program, offering individual job search and resume help with Parkside staff, and a weekly support group for African women with the Community Counseling Center.

We have recently begun hosting a hugely-popular weekly dinner for Central Africans, and a bi-monthly Somali women’s health and child literacy group offering child care employment training for participants with Portland Adult Education.

In partnership with Avesta Housing, we will be soon offering weekly reading groups for parents and children under 5, and we are working with LearningWorks on a new family literacy initiative to be implemented at Parkside.