After 8 months of workshops, trainings, and events, the inaugural Northside Advocacy Fellowship has officially come to a close. Eight community members completed the rigorous program, having participated in monthly trainings, an advocacy day to Austin, and visits to City Hall, Commissioners Court, and the Houston-Galveston Area Council.
Our fellows learned about advocacy, how policy is made, how to conduct legislative visits, and public speaking best practices. The fellows also worked on an advocacy agenda focused on health and safety in the Near Northside. Most impressively, our fellows spoke with elected officials about the importance of community voices and participation when big decisions are being made, specifically around the Hardy Toll Road and I-45 expansion projects.
Their participation and advocacy set an example for others to follow, and has elevated the voice of the Northside community.
In mid-November, we celebrated our fellows for their time, effort, and commitment to this program with dinner at Saint Arnold Brewery. We are so proud of them, and grateful for having had the opportunity to learn and grow alongside each of them.
Congratulations to our 2019 Northside Advocacy Fellowship cohort:
Machell Blackwell, Joel Cisneros, Chiquita Dexter, Agustina Medrano, Vanesa Medrano, Dr. Sonia Noyola and her son, Alejandro Noyola, Stella Mireles-Walters, and Jessica Sarpu.
Thank you to our partners, Avenue, Antena Houston, LINK Houston, Air Alliance Houston, and Moody Community Center, for your support in hosting meetings, leading trainings, and supporting this advocacy project! We would also like to acknowledge the BUILD Health Challenge for funding the Northside Advocacy Fellowship and making this effort possible.