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.
A Cat is a catalyst for community change. We’re Identifying one catalyst who will receive extensive training to be the initiator of York XL’s community revitalization efforts in each of York City’s 17 wards. Within the first year, each person will identify another 16 people to form the neighborhood revitalization team, which will create a group of 289 deeply passionate people who will become the stewards of their community.
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.
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.
An ongoing eBay store that sells donated items whose proceeds benefits York XL’s ongoing operations.
Friends of York XL
We adopt a local non-profit and bestow them with all the benefits of friendship - marketing, volunteers, and special projects. Keep a watch out for our first official FRIEND!
projects in development
A neighborhood accelerator is a community hub with the mission to create fast, meaningful, and long-last change in a neighborhood. The accelerator will be have community education as its focus concentrating on helping community members recognize the tools they need to participate in the new gentrified economy and create a plan and a means to acquire those skills. There will be one in every neighborhood, creating web of community accelerators throughout York City. A neighborhood accelerator will be housed in a recovered building which will aim to be a hub of skill exchange, beginning with the renovation of the building. Ultimately, the accelerator will house for profit and nonprofit enterprises, co-working spaces, and market and below-market housing.
Groups of 4 people from a variety of fields will collaborate over 12 weeks to define a York problem, engage with residents, design a solution, create different media about the solution, and present the solution in an inclusive presentation.