What's happening : official publication of the High Point Model City Commission. volume (None) 19??-197?, November 10, 1972, Image 1
Town Meeting Set For Dec. 5: Plan To Attend! WHAT'S HAPPENING Free Copy OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE HIGH POINT MODEL CITY COMMISSION November 10,1972 Redevelopment Commission Is Laying The Groundwork For NDP’s Implementation . \' YOUTH SERVICES counselors (left to right) WENDY WILLIAMS, LINDA BROCK, and TERRY BOTTS prepare for “You and the Law.” The Southside Neighborhood De velopment Plan (NDP) is alive and well in the Redevelopment Commis sion. Originally proposed to begin July 1, the NDP — a federal grant aimed at improving the conditions of the Southside neighborhood — has ex perienced many delays in getting un der way. The sum of $629,250 has been made available to High Point for Southside, one of five sub-neighbor hoods in the Model Cities target area, under the new federal funding tech nique called NDP. Money coming to cities under NDP is administered by Youth Services’ Youthful Counselors Help Teenagers Get Back On Their Feet “You’ve got to become involved with every kid; otherwise there’s no trust, and the kid thinks he’s just another t y 99 case. These words from counselor Wendy Williams of Youth Services Bureau sum up the staffs commitment to every young person who becomes their client. Aimed primarily at the prevention of juvenile delinquency, Youth Serv ices Bureau works closely with the city schools, courts, and parents of troubled teenagers to help them solve problems before these young people become involved in the juvenile jus tice system. Youth Services Bureau was begun in August as part of Model Cities’ Third Action Year Plan. The agency is funded jointly by Model Cities and the Law Enforcement Assistance Ad ministration under the U.S. Depart ment of Justice. Its office is located at 205 West wood Avenue, on the comer of N. Elm Street. The oldest member of its staff is age 25. He is Edgar Timberlake, the pro ject’s director and former juvenile counselor in the 18th Judicial Court here. Timberlake, along with Ms. Wil liams, Terry Botts and Linda Brock, comprise the counseling staff which hopes to reach 250 youths during their first year in operation. So far, they are pleased with the progress they have made in estab lishing themselves in the community. REFERRALS “We’re doing far better than I an ticipated we’d be at this stage,” says assistant director Terry Botts. “We’ve been getting referrals from everyone middle, upper, lower classes, schools, the police, the courts, par ents . . . Principals and guidance counselors, for example, call us and ask us to handle a particular case.” Although the Bureau’s heaviest con centration is on personal counseling of young people in and out of its office, it has set up a number of programs geared at helping kids get back on their feet emotionally and fit back into society. One is a tutorial program reac tivated by Ms. Botts at High Point College, where she started it while in school there. The program is co ordinated on campus by Bill Cope, a sociology instructor, and George Jones For Informal Discussion and Debbie Stamper, students. At present 37 college students serve as tutors for Youth Services Bureau clients on a one-to-one basis, and more are being recruited. Each tutor and his student spend a minimum of two hours a week together, and the agency encourages much more time. A close communication between the classroom teacher and the tutor is also stressed. And beyond helping the teen ager with academic problems, the tu tors also are their friends. “We think the friendship aspect is equally important,” said Ms. Botts. “A lot of kids we deal with have emotional and self-concept problems. (Continued on Page 2) Pre-Commission Meet Set Model City Commissioners and Model Neighborhood residents now have one more chance to get together, discuss problems, air grievances, and talk about projects on which decisions must be made. The opportunity is coming in the form of a “pre-Commission” meeting, to be held exactly one week prior to the regular monthly Model City Com mission meeting. The first of these open meetings was held Thursday, October 26, in Fourth Street Library. Anticipating the reg ular Commission meeting of Novem ber 2, a group of about 35 residents, new and old Commissioners, and Model Cities staff members discussed matters of interest in the Model Cities process. At this time, anyone with a com plaint or suggestion can bring it be- the local Redevelopment Commission, the same as conventional Urban Re newal projects. Plans for the use of the first year’s funds were dravra up in the spring and submitted to the U. S. Depart ment of Housing and Urban Develop ment. Final approval came this sum mer. According to Kenneth Martin, Re development director, sufficient funds finally arrived October 18 from Wash ington to proceed with the Southside Neighborhood Development Plan. The seemingly slow progress of work on the Southside renewal pro ject has caused some concern on the part of Thomas O. Moore, chairman of the Southside NDP Resident Re view Committee. The committee, made up of Model City Commission ers from the Southside and three members-at-large, set priorities for the spending of the NDP grant and helped steer the direction of the plan. “It’s frustrating,” he said. “The NDP appears to be at a stall, and I should think an unexplained stall.” He added that neither he nor his committee men knew the nature of the hold-up. On the other hand, Martin explains that groundwork is being laid to pre pare for the actual construction which will take place. He warns, “Physical improvements can’t be expected just to drop in overnight.” The area of concentration for the first year lies in the west central por tion of the neighborhood. Work out lined in the plans include the fol- (Continued on Page 2) fore the group in an informal setting. No business can be formally acted upon, as the Commission is not in session. The new pre-Commission meetings grew out of a concern that at reg ular Commission sessions, a strict agenda is followed which supposedly allows little time for neighborhood persons to comment or enter into dis cussion. Efforts are being made to con duct the added meetings in an un hurried, unstructured fashion. Citizens from all over the city are welcome to attend and to participate in these, and all other Model Cities meetings. The Model City Commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the City-County Build ing. The next pre-Commission forum will take place Thursday, Nov. 30. Boxing Club Story Page 4 DANIEL CREFT of 509-F E. Com merce Street, left, and DON TAYI.OR of 607 Carter Street, work out at the Boxing Club gym.