Conversations are a gateway to communication, understanding, and empathy. Conversational York aims to create interesting opportunities and spaces for Yorkers to break barriers through talking to one another - whether by learning a new language to speak to our residents from around the world (like the 8-week Spanish Primers) in their home language or getting together at Living Room to discuss relevant texts that inform community action.
Sometimes you need a shot of adrenaline to get you to the next stage in your progress. The #RiseTogetherChallenge is a shot of adrenaline to your community. One day, week, or year of concentrated actions where everyone comes together to complete their big ideas to create lasting community and community change.
York XL's big idea to kick-off the #RiseTogetherChallenge will create a network of 100 gardens mostly in York City that will create community out of unused spaces.
This is a York XL signature event. The challenge will take place annually starting in 2018 during the Go Green in the City event hosted by Downtown Inc. The challenge pits teams of 10 people against each other to complete activities that clean and beautify York. In 2018, teams will compete to photograph, tag, and pick up the most trash. Each team member will download & install the Litterati app (www.litterati.org) to photograph litter prior to picking it up and disposing it. Each photo will tagged with #theTypeOfLitter, #theBrand, and #TeamName. At the end of the activity, each person will upload the images to Litterati, which will result in the photos appearing as a pin on a publicly accessible map at www.litterati.org.
10 Benjamins for change contest
How would you use $1,000 (10 Benjamins) to revitalize your block, street, or community? This yearly contest invites you to submit your idea via video to the York XL Facebook page and then get your friends to like, share, and comment on your video. If your idea is selected, York XL will work with you to complete the project.
On a regular basis we’ll converge on a street or porch. We’ll bring activities for children and adults, food, and a tools that will make it easy to engage in individual and community conversations. While we’re there, we’ll be on the lookout for cats (catalysts), do participatory mapping of the area’s assets and opportunities, but most importantly, we’ll be ready to listen.
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Friends of York XL
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projects in development
Coming in January 2019. Living Room will be a cool space to meet to start projects, to join one of the many book clubs, or to hang out with your favorite Excelerators.
Shark Tank, York-style. This highly produced event brings a group of 10 aspiring starters who have ideas for neighborhood projects/businesses. Through a series of rounds, an eventual winner is chosen by a panel and audience. The winner will receive focused training by York XL and be connected to resources such as SCORE and Downtown Inc.. The winner will have the opportunity to bring their project to fruition under the York XL umbrella. All participants will be provided with feedback on next steps for their project and can participate on future Hustles.