We Need Your Support, Donate to Mid-City CAN

rss-icon twitter-icon google-plus-iconfacebook-icon

Mid-City CAN Blog

In my own words: Compelled to join School Attendance team

Rhoda Abdi has been involved in City Heights for 16 years. She is a member of the School Attendance Momentum Team and recently traveled to L.A. to participate in The California Endowment's Statewide Convening of the 14 Building Healthy Communities sites.
Rhoda Abdi has been involved in City Heights for 16 years. She is a member of the School Attendance Momentum Team and recently traveled to L.A. to participate in The California Endowment's Statewide Convening of the 14 Building Healthy Communities sites.
My name is Rhoda Abdi. I've lived in City Heights 10 years. For the six years I lived outside of City Heights, I also worked and came in and supported City Heights. I’ve been involved for about 16 years total.

When Mid-City CAN started the School Attendance Momentum Team I went to some of the meetings, but I was not a member at that time.

In 2012, that's when I joined. I was compelled to join because of what was happening at Crawford at that time. It went through restructuring within less than five years, twice, which is detrimental to the system.

Mark Tran, who is the Mid-City CAN staff coordinator of the School Attendance Momentum Team, approached me when I was coming to those town hall meetings for Crawford High School restructuring.

City Heights has changed so much already thanks to organizations like The California Endowment and Price Charities. The City Heights schools also changed because of them and steps our momentum team is taking.

If our campaigns are successful, Crawford will change for the better. Students will have more options than just the status quo. I firmly believe that Crawford can make new changes and look forward. We have better leadership now. We understand some of the challenges that we have and the sky is the limit.

The new principal at Crawford [Ana Maria Alvarez] understands the challenges she has at the school. She is very open-minded and listens to ideas. She has very good rapport with people like those in our momentum team. I am also a School Site Council Member. I had my first meeting in October. It really humbles me that people have confidence in what I have to contribute.

I am convinced by the Building Healthy Communities Initiative. The Initiative is a 10-year plan from The California Endowment to change how health happens in 14 communities throughout California, including City Heights, by focusing on things like prevention, education and safety.

I don't have any other self-interest other than changing City Heights. I whole-heartedly believe and support what The Endowment is doing and I think they should be appreciated more.

My teammates selected me to represent them at The California Endowment's Statewide Convening of the 14 Building Healthy Communities sites in October in Los Angeles.

Some high points were for the Endowment to take the time and put so many resources into this event of bring together 14 selected communities to make changes.

The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative members came and answered our questions. [The initiative is a community driven redevelopment effort in Boston that has been the subject of several documentaries.] Initiative members walked us through how they changed the policies in their community and some of their successes.

It was a great chance for these 14 communities to see another example of what change is like. Some of the other 14 communities participating in Building Healthy Communities were presenters, and I loved them. Some of the promises that The California Endowment made included training people to be leaders and to use their communication tools.

I met a lot of amazing people who are changing the narrative and policies — Whoo! — it was amazing.

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

REACH US AT

(619) 272-7582

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
4305 UNIVERSITY AVE.
SUITE 550
SAN DIEGO, CA 92105

MAILING ADDRESS:
P.O. Box 12319
SAN DIEGO, CA 92112



Quotation (Left)

The Mid-City Community Advocacy Network's mission is to create a safe, productive,Quotation (Right)
and healthy community through collaboration, advocacy, and organizing.




Fiscal sponsor Mission Edge San Diego.


COPYRIGHT © 1995-CURRENT, MID-CITY CAN. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.