News and Updates

Better Spaces, Safer Places: Wyoming Street Neighborhood Audit

Community members completing the audit toolImproving neighborhood safety is a team effort. The Lerner Center and its community partners recognized a need for improvements to safety and upkeep in certain areas of the Near Westside. In November 2017, an expert in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED: pronounced “cep-ted”) came to the neighborhood to speak about ways that the built environment can influence perceptions of safety, enhance community, and even deter crime. This event, part of the Visioning Voices Series hosted by SUNY ESF, provided the template and tools for the Lerner Center’s audit of the Wyoming Street corridor in the Near Westside.

 

 

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Throwback Post: Halloween Costume Carnival!

Three girls and a lerner fellow posing for a picture in a crowded gym. On the far left a young blonde girl is dressed as a cat and wears a blue dress. Next to her a girl is dressed as a zombie witch with dark eye makeup. At her side, a young girl is dressed as a pink superhero. Our lerner fellow Eunice is dressed in a cat onesie.

Here at the Lerner Center, we love a good costume carnival. So when we were invited by our friends at Take Back the Streets to host activities and games at the Blodgett Middle School Halloween event, we suited up in our best cat onesies and headed to the Near Westside. Continue Reading

Making Recreation Inclusive, One Mile at a Time

Monday Mile sign along the track in DeRuyter, NYThe Lerner Center’s mission is to improve the health of the community through service, research, education, advocacy and policy. To bring this mission to life, Lerner Center staff and graduate fellows took part in a 10-hour online inclusivity training. The InclusionU training and certification program offered through the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center at SUNY Cortland focuses on evaluation metrics anyone can use to assess the inclusivity of particular recreational spaces. An online database collects information about the accessibility of everything from trails and parks to bowling alleys. People of all abilities can check out the database before heading to a place of recreation to ensure they will be able to access and participate in the activities. The ultimate goal of these assessments is to help all people, regardless of ability, to play wherever they choose. Continue Reading

Mobile Pantry Brings Fresh Food To Near Westside Residents

Amy Wilson, Community Nutrition Manager at the Food Bank of CNY, shows produce items packed in a box.

The need for healthy, fresh food is urgent on the Near Westside.

To help meet this need, the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion has teamed up with the Near Westside Peacemaking Project and the Food Bank of Central New York to bring the Mobile Food Pantry to Syracuse residents who are most in need.

Last week, residents received approximately 150 food boxes filled with milk, eggs, yogurt, fruit, vegetables and bread via the Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry. The distribution on a Friday afternoon was the third Mobile Food Pantry distribution that has been organized since the closing of the neighborhood’s anchor grocery store, Nojaim Brothers Supermarket, last September.

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25th Monday Mile Launch

Monday Mile sign at Onondaga Creek Parkway

On Monday, June 12, 2017 the Lerner Center unveiled its 25th Monday Mile at Kirk Park in Syracuse, NY.

The Monday Mile is a part of the Center’s Healthy Monday Campaign, an initiative aimed at offering weekly prompts and programs to support people and participating organizations in starting and sustaining healthy behaviors. The Center has implemented Monday Miles throughout Syracuse and Onondaga County, Madison County, and in Manos, Nicaragua.

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Take Back the Streets Campaign

Kitchen Table Talk in the Near West Side of SyracuseIn the spring of 2015, the Lerner Center , in collaboration with the Near Westside Initiative and other community partners, led a series of community meetings to better understand the community’s perspectives on health. These meetings took place during the months of February to May 2015, and included neighborhood residents as well as staff of organizations working in the community (“colleagues”).

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Meet Summer at Skiddy Staff

Summer at Skiddy Staff collageIt was a positive summer at Skiddy Park for many families and children. Learn more about the Summer at Skiddy Staff from 2016, who made it a summer to remember.

 

 

 

 

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Bringing Sports Back to Skiddy

Softball game with young child striking ball with a bat at Skiddy ParkWith Syracuse Housing Authority, Missio Church, Nojaim Brothers Supermarket, and the Near Westside Initiative, the Lerner Center was one of many partners to bring a youth softball league back to Skiddy Park. The month long league culminated in the championship game on Saturday, August 6, 2016. It was a joy filled day for the neighborhood. Read more from Syracuse.com on the work being done to ensure kids and families have safe places to play, live, and learn. Continue Reading

Lerner Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary

The staff of the Lerner Center are pictured left to right: Leah Moser, Katie Wood, Roberto Martinez, Cynthia Morrow, Tom Dennison and Rebecca Bostwick.

As it marks its fifth anniversary, the Maxwell School’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion  is taking stock of its growth and accomplishments—an impressive list that includes collaboration and needs assessment in the local community, specific outreach and information projects related to healthy practices and nutrition, an endowed professorship focused on public health and a staff of professionals and graduate-student fellows operating and promoting the center’s programs. Continue Reading

Summer at Skiddy Park

Skiddy Park soccer court with children watching players on the field separated by a chain link fenceDespite recent challenges, Skiddy Park is thriving with positive activities this summer. Watch the youth employed this summer explain why this is important for their neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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