LifeLine's primary mission is coaching, consulting, and cultivating Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD). LifeLine operates and facilitates a few projects at various locations, using them as opportunities for individuals and civic and religious groups to see and learn more about how ABCD concepts work in real-life settings. Here are a few of our "living laboratories" where we are applying ABCD principles:
Meadows Apartment Youth Outreach
Meadows Apartment Complex
3113 Meadows Ave.
Merced, CA 95340
Focus: The Meadows Apartment offers youths living there positive alternatives and outlets. Various after-school activities are offered, including sports, crafts and science projects, homework assistance, and mentoring. Community members are creating a safe and fun environment for children to thrive and college ready. Other activities for the whole community include a community garden, regular gatherings to learn and grow together.
A message from the leaders:
Youth Empowerment: ABCD targets strengths and gifts, we go into communities with the understanding that we aren’t going in to “fix anything”, we are going in to remind community members of their potential and capabilities. At The Meadows LifeLine Community Center, we know that empowering the youth is our chance to create a better future, it is reminding the communities youth that the world is theirs to grasp. Children are not given enough credit for how much they are able to grasp and the power that they hold, which is why we create a safe, structured environment at our After-School Program that encourages the youth to realize their potential. The children here participate in activities that promote growth academically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and personally. From self-awareness to awareness of the world around them, we try to turn confusion into wonder, and with that, the possibilities are endless.
Contact Person: Chanel Weaver
The Meadows Apartments are located in the Loughborough area in Merced, California. This area is known as "ground zero", a highly dense low-income neighborhood with lots of crime and gang actives. After walking the community for a year and just listening to community members we had an opening to help with a summer lunch program in the Meadows apartments. During conversations with community members there the biggest interest was to have an after school program going on to create a safe environment for the children and give them opportunities to thrive.
Since 2009 there have been activities for the children and adults in the community. In 2013 the owner of the building saw the effect this program had on the neighbors and gave us one of the apartments to run the programs. A daily after school program in a safe and fun environment with lots of activities keeps the children engaged and learning. Trips to the library, the UC Merced and other places helps the children dream about a future.
The efforts are driven by local community members with assistance from UC students, community volunteers and churches.