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2. Investing in our Youth in Route One Fairfax County

In the 2011-2012 school year VOICE started training leaders from area faith communities, schools, sports teams and communities centers to organize "house meetings", small group listening sessions, to put a face on the urgent need for more afterschool activities and better recreation facilities for Route One/Mt Vernon youth. 

So far our organizing has:

  • Increased the number of youth from Audubon Mobile Home Park, a heavily-immigrant community, involved in soccer & secured a commitment from the manager to build a mini-soccer field on the property, and
  • Won $3 million from Fairfax County & FCPS to renovate the athletic fields at West Potomac & Mount Vernon high schools to synthetic turf.

In 2014 we plan to work with more talented parents, school staff, and youth on this type of organizing.