Mission: Improve the well being with the urban poor through research, training and community building.
Programs: 1. Neighborhood improvement - population level changes through polis facilitated partnerships and direct community engagement in distressed neighborhoods. Number of neighborhoods of primary polis support: 24 -with improved percentag high school graduation: 24 -with improved median household incomes: 18 -with improved percentage of owner occupied housing: 5 -with improved total crime index: 4(compared to the average change in all neighborhoods in orange and seminole counties)2. Non-profit support: coaching and training efforts to improve nonprofit effective-ness in place-based revitalization work. -nonprofit organization coached/trained 87 -volunteers trained 1128 -neighborhoods influenced 61 -professional leaders/staff coach 229 3. Mvp families: two-generation education support program -active mvp families: 64 -children: 126 -total participants: 196 -children above 2. 0 gpa: 93% -children with additional academic goals: 46% -families with health and wellness goals: 38% -families making progress on h&w goals: 26% -families with financial stability goals: 36% -families making progress on fs goals: 48%4. Community leaderhip: coaching and training residents to advocate, partner, and leadefforts to improve their neighborhoods. -residents coached and trained -neighborhoods influenced
I give to POLIS institute because they seek to change the lives of both the giver and the receiver. Often times an non-profit only focuses on making the giver feel good and keeps the receiver in their place of receiving. Both those situations are unhealthy. POLIS and their programs challenge people to work for mutual interdependence. Dignity Serves, one of their training programs, has changed the way I think about serving others. It has made me more empathetic, opened my eyes to the ways in which I am needy and shown me people in "need" have valuable assets and I should be open to them giving to me as well. Ultimately we all have some sort of poverty or lack in our lives and I believe POLIS is trying to lift EVERYONE out of that place.