“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
SNA Neighborhood Advocate Charter 2017.03.18 rev 2017.11.25, 2020.08.15
Advocacy Definition – Acting in support of something.
Mission: We are residents and managers who advocate to enhance the safety and quality of life for residents and visitors in our shared urban environment.
Vision: We envision Streeterville as a community where residents and visitors feel safe in a neighborhood which is publicly recognized as the safest and most vibrant in Chicago
We value: Individual integrity and apolitical commitment in service to community.
Our Strategy: Engage individual Advocates that have a vested interest in the security and quality of life in their own building, their vertical community. Building Advocates, network with Advocates in neighboring buildings and thus form a community of individuals. Together, we leverage the power of our collective voice to advocate for greater Safety and a higher Quality of Life.
- SNA Steering Committee develops templates, monitors progress, maintains momentum, continuous Improvement and serves as an Advocate liaison with Safety Forces, City Departments and elected officials.
- Advocates are residents who build teams within their residential building.
- This requires Supportive Condo Boards, Management and staff, neighboring Business and institutions, Elected officials and City Service Departments.
- Form an Advocate group in our respective Building (Social or safety committee?)
- Define Lead role and secretary roles (schedule monthly building meeting, SNA liaison, Board liaison, inter-building liaison, CAPS liaison, meeting minutes)
- Develop a Charter-plan template for each building
- Meet regularly
- Use a consistent reporting template
- Solicit Board and Management (staff) support and engagement
- Funnel content to SNA Steering Committee
- SNA Shares best practices with all buildings
- Network with neighboring buildings and communities
Individual Advocate Roles
A. Desired Skills
B. Building Community
- Build a Residential Building community
- Create social events to keep residents engaged and supportive
- Neighborhood Walk (one or many buildings)
- Develop a communication system like a buildingnewsletter, Building link, Facebook or Nextdoor.
- Network with Advocates in neighboring buildings
C. Enhancing Safety
- Develop Building Safety Inventory checklist
- Evacuation plan
- Fire prevention plan
- Resident communication process
- Security system checklist
- Cameras, internal and external (link to OEMC)
- Panic Button at Front Desk
- Shatter proof Glass
- Electronic Emergency Door LockOther-iPad, in.telligent, citizen App, smart 911, notify Chicago, need a tool box as not everyone will use the same tool, WHAT’SAPP Facebook, email distribution list, individual buildings
D. Crime Prevention
- Participate in SNA/CAPS crime reduction program (monthly meetings)
- Contribute to Resident education program
- Engage residents and managers in crime reduction program, reporting.
- Reporting Suspicious activity, 911 (see something, say something)
E. Improving Infrastructure
- Take an active role in reporting issues inside and outside
- Support your Board and Management to assure routine maintenance is done (repair “Broken Windows”)
- Educate residents on what they can do (311)
- Issues to report to 311
- Uneven sidewalks
- Streetlights maintenance
- Crosswalk marking
- Crosswalk countdown timing
- Signage maintenance
- Sidewalk and crosswalk snow removal
- Abandoned Bike
- Tree trimming
- Help residents resolve issues that don’t get repaired
- Engage in ways to improve the community (Public Art)
- Level of engagement-Be aware, meetings, suggestions, petition, letter write, research, advocate with others, take a leadership role, network
- Invite neighbors to participate, adopt your block sanitation
- Other Community organizations, network, best practices, common voice
- Chamber of Commerce, Mag Mile
- Roles and expectations of Aldermen
- City Ambassadors
- Welcome Wagon
- Facilities for meetings and forums
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