Collaborate PASadena Convenes Successful Neighborhood Summit

Published : Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 12:39 PM

Brian Biery, Collaborate PASadena Community Engagement Consultant, welcomes participants at the Neighborhood Summit

With an overflow crowd of more than 80 people packed into La Casita del Arroyo in Pasadena, Collaborate PASadena convened a Neighborhood Summit Monday night, with a focus on sharing best practices, learning and building trust together. It is the first time in recent history that community members from Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre have all come together for such a gathering.

Tom Coston, President of Light Bringer Project, whose mission it is to build community through the power of art and education, was among the attendees. “I believe the best way to create trust and ready ourselves for change is to build relationships within and across our neighborhoods. In our willingness to share insights, we can see the future. Through our willingness to partner we can surely create it together,” he said.

The Summit was designed to give participants the opportunity to share in roundtable discussions, each led by a community leader. Topics included: On Being Inclusive: Why Including Everyone is Good for Everyone; Having Fun in Your Neighborhood: Connecting with Your Neighbors; Communicating with Your Neighbors in the 21st Century; Arts in the ‘Hood: How Creativity can Improve Your Neighbors’ Lives; How to Find Out What Your Neighbors Really Think: Surveying Your Block; What You Can Do to Help Your Neighborhood School Thrive; Civically Engaged: Energize Your Neighbors to Take Action; and Follow the Leader: What it Takes to Lead Your Neighborhood Group. Following the discussions, participants were asked to share about the experience, and then to continue to network and build relationships with other attendees.

“Collaborate PASadena’s very active Supportive Communities Work Group did a marvelous job of conceiving the idea and bringing the Summit to a successful conclusion. When nearly every hand went up at the end upon being asked if we should do this again, we knew we had touched on something important for the community,” said Lisa Cavelier, Director of Collaborate PASadena.

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About Collaborate PASadena

Vision: The children of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre all grow up in a safe, stable and supportive environment that prepares them for success in school and in life. Collaborate PASadena is a new way of working together to achieve common goals, based on a Collective Impact model, that builds support for families in the community, particularly those in the Pasadena Unified School District, by bringing the City, school district and nonprofit organizations together to work in partnership. The initiative develops and nurtures new community partnerships; establishes better working relationships; improves communication between all partners and stakeholders; shares accountability for results; supports the alignment of resources; and seeks to incorporate diverse voices in a community-wide effort to ultimately create positive futures for the young people who will one day become our community leaders. For more information, go to







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