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Now taking nominations for the Leadership Mobile Class of 2021

Mobile United is looking for our best and brightest citizens who wish to develop their leadership skills through service to others. If you or someone you know is interested in developing personally and professionally, then Leadership Mobile is an excellent place to start. For close to 50 years, we train leaders who wish to serve our community in an effort to make it the best place to live, work and play. To find out more information about the program, please nominate someone today.

Nomination Form 2021

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Congratulations to the Leadership Mobile Class of 2019!

Congratulations to our Leadership Mobile Class of 2019 Graduates
On September 5th our class of 40 leaders presented their projects focused on seven different areas studied throughout the year. Many thanks to Class Dean Chandra Brown for successfully stewarding them through their year. Below are the project descriptions and several opportunities for YOU to get involved in the positive change these leaders are making in our community!
Arts & Culture
The Arts and Culture Team is supporting Mobile Public Library’s ongoing efforts to bring arts and culture learning to children at the youngest age. The team unveiled their “Bright Beginnings” Program which will provide over 2700 children a year at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital a tote bag, a copy of The Little Caterpillar, a brochure detailing arts and cultural opportunities within the city and a voucher for a library card.
Community Development 
Did you know that nearly 2 million of Alabama’s 4.8 million population lives in or near a food desert? The Community Development Team is creating an Urban Food Forest in the City of Mobile along Three-Mile Creek to help address the lack of access to fresh fruit and vegetables by providing free food in “food desert” communities that can be sustained year after year. Initial groundbreaking is planned for this fall. Donate to their GoFundMe and be a part of history here.
Education Team
The Education Team partnered with Mobile County Public Schools to highlight the incredible work within the academically focused, career centered signature academies housed in Mobile’s 12 area high schools. A video overviewof the Academies was created to showcase the opportunities available at each school, along with a virtual tour to highlight the aesthetic features of each location.  The intent of this project is to create an opportunity for potential students, parents, and community stakeholders to interact with these programs.
Environment Team
The Environment Team used the Litterati app to help aggregate litter data in our area. The team held a Litter War between Murphy and Theodore high schools from September 5 to September 11th. Murphy High School had 325 students pickup 13,993 pieces of litter. Theodore High School had 226 students pickup 13,165 pieces of litter. As the winner, Murphy High School will receive $2500, a school jean day and bragging rights. The best part? You can start your own team on the app and start picking up TODAY!
Government Team 
In an effort to determine how to be more proactive in preventing gun violence, our Government Team is partnering with the MPD Office of Strategic Initiatives. The OSI has recently created a team focused on victims’ rights education and community engagement. The team is collaborating with Faith In Action Alabama, a state-wide faith-based organization with a focus on gun violence, as well as 3 Circle Church in midtown to create community classrooms and target gun violence in that area. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.
Health & Wellness Team 
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 12th for the Change Maker Challenge. Our Leadership Mobile Class of 2019 Community Health team is working with Victory Health Partners to hold a gym-sampling event @ 10 am in Mardi Gras Park. Admission is $25 and provides the opportunity to sample workouts from Mission Fitness, JH CrossFit, Studio Fitness, Crew Fitness and Glow Yoga. Each $25 will translate into $750 worth of medical coverage at Victory for the 19,000 uninsured patients throughout the area. Signup for the event here.
Economic Development 
The Economic Development team is working to survey the employees on Route 43 to pinpoint their transportation needs and to determine if they can help the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission find a suitable partner for ride-share and/or demand-response facilitators for public transportation. This data will be utilized in advance of a Mobile Area Transit System Feasibility Study which will be commissioned in late 2019.
CONGRATULATIONS, GRADS!
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Hungry for Change? Find out how to host a One Table event here

Want to host a One Table Event?

There are a few different options for hosting a One Table, which is a shared space for people from different backgrounds to break bread and hopefully break down barriers. The concept is simple: Choose a space, coordinate the food efforts, get some guests and host! Mobile United & Empowering Change coordinated a One Table event in May 2018 in two spaces and this is how we did it:

  1. Choose your location, date and time:                                                                                                                                           -Our groups met at four locations simultaneously: the first was a church, where members of different churches came together to meet and eat. We also had three public restaurant locations. The date and time were all the same. Once you choose your desired location, it’s simply a matter of gathering some friends who are interested in helping to organize.-You also must find a way to find people to come. If hosting at a church, members from different churches are the best route to go. If you want the public, organizing on social media or with different friend groups, neighborhood associations, mardi gras associations or community action groups can help you gauge interest and get participants.
  2. After you’ve confirmed your location, food planning is next:                                                                                                  -For the church event, the church provided the meat, drinks and basics, i.e. plates, utensils, cups. We used an online sign-up sheet for side dishes, desserts, etc. We used www.mealtrain.com but there are other sites you may use as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                       -The restaurant event is easier because it is dutch treat, which means each person in attendance pays for him/herself. PLEASE NOTE: make sure you have a room that is insulated from sound from the rest of the restaurant. Otherwise, conversation can become strained.
  3. Promote:                                                                                                                                                                                               -To your church members, friends, family, etc. (see 2 above for more ideas)                                                                     -You can use an online tool like Doodle Poll or simply use email for RSVP.                                                                    -Make sure you email all respondents 24-48 hours before to remind them of the function and what to bring (if applicable).
  4. Host:                                                                                                                                                                                         -Conversation starts it all. Food makes everything better. To help with the flow of conversation, we put together some guided wisdom and specific questions for hosts with the help of The Village Square: a Tallahassee, FL based non-profit that specializes in bringing decidedly different groups together around food:

*Suggested flow

-Informal intro: guided by host- check their names on sign-in sheet, make a nametag, pick a seat

-Order/get drinks

-Order/get food /pray (if the group chooses)

-Round-robin formal Introductions

 

Guiding wisdom for our conversation:

-Assume good intentions by others.

-Practice humility, no matter how wrong someone is and how right you are, there’s still something you can learn.

-Extend undeserved favor to each other.

-Listen to understand.

-Segue into questions: can be fluid, not all are required, you’ll get a feel for the direction the conversation is going.

 

Questions:

  1. What brought you here this evening?
  2. Do you have a personal story about diversity & inclusion and how it has affected your life- either negatively or positively?
  3. How do you think we can work towards more meaningful dialogue between people who are different?
  4. In what tangible, concrete ways do you think we could achieve that?
  5. What do you think we could accomplish if we were able to achieve a higher degree of inclusion?
  6. Is there something that really inspires you that you see going on in town that brings people from very different backgrounds together?
  7. If and when you sit down again to break bread again, what changes would you like to see in the community?
  8. If this event were to happen again, would you be interested in coming back?

 

REMINDER: Your job is to:

-Help keep the conversation flowing with respect to the guided wisdom

-Steer the conversation using the questions as a guide

-Snap some pix and or video

-And if you’re so inclined to share on social media, please use one-three of our hashtags: #onetablemobile #mobileunited #diversityandinclusion #leadershipinaction

 

 

 

 

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Read Liz Joyner’s Christian Science Monitor article “Civil discourse that doesn’t taste like broccoli”

Before The Village Square Executive Director Liz Joyner joins us for our Annual Meeting on December 6th, chew on this 2014 article she wrote for the Christian Science Monitor.

 

Christian Science Monitor June 2014

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Village Wisdom- a Project of the LM Class of 2017 Education Committee

9-5-2017 Village Wisdom

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