The assets of L/A

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The best thing about L/A? 

The people. 

As the TIP L/A application deadline draws near(apply soon), I have been fortunate to break up some packed days in really special ways. The last few weeks I have spent many hours having conversations with people dedicated to the future of this community- pastors, artists, doctors, entrepreneurs, community leaders and emerging leaders. It has been amazing- and I take pause each day to appreciate all that L/A has to offer. 

This Thursday, I had a full circle moment. 

Picture it- I was at the Banadir Cafe on Lisbon street, crammed into two booths with a group of 14-18 year olds. It was hot- and the smells from the kitchen were savory and tantalizing. The teens were practicing interviewing skills, asking questions about what I do, how I decided upon my career, and if I had my “DREAM JOB”. I proudly said yes– but  I’m not done dreaming. 

I flipped the script, and asked them what they loved about their community. We went around the table, each taking a turn to answer. They all had different details, but their answers were the same- the people.

Their shared response struck me with its simplicity. I too think the people of L/A are what makes this community great- our collective resiliency, our belief in a bright future, and our willingness to dig in and work together to make amazing things happen. 

Project Tipping Point was founded on the belief that the people of L/A are our biggest asset, our differentiator from other communities. I believe that this community’s best path to its future is through investing in the people and what connects them. As I talk with people in our community, they tell me what they want L/A to be, where the opportunity is, and how to best get there. So often in those conversations, our youth are mentioned as the opportunity and path to our future. And when you ask the youth- they say the best asset in L/A is the people. 

It was a full circle moment- our belief in the youth, and their belief in us. 

 

“I know that the people here will be strong for me, and for each other.”

Youth, 21st Century Program in Lewiston

The TIP L/A Leader Development Program application deadline is 

Friday, August 5th

Nominate someone you know, or finish your application!