Spotlight on Linda Brooks  of Renaissance Pointe Neighborhood Association

| July 15, 2015
Renaissance Pointe Neighborhood Association President Linda Brooks presents Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry with tee-shirt commemorating the association's inaugural Family and Community Block Party.

Renaissance Pointe Neighborhood Association President Linda Brooks presents Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry with tee-shirt commemorating the association’s inaugural Family and Community Block Party. See more photos here.


By Jeanie Summerville

What’s up, babies?

I hope you’re still taking time out to bring yourselves and others some well deserved joy, beauty, happiness and some form of peace of mind, on a daily basis, because it feels great and you shouldn’t want to miss out on that feeling.  On that note, it pleases me to bring to you this week’s spotlight because I love it when people prove that they care about our youth by their actions and I was a witness to that action this past Saturday and felt the love.  So at this time, all we want you to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy because Frost Illustrated is going to take you there and this is what was said:

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is Linda Brooks and we had our first annual Family and Community Block Party on Hurd Street for Renaissance Pointe Neighborhood on Saturday July 11, 2015.  The program was basically to bring about health and wellness, political action awareness, as well as, civic responsibility, because we need to take responsibility for the youth in our communities and start providing them with activities that are positive.  And, while they’re playing outside and doing things, there need to be more adult supervision to make sure that interaction is positive.

So at the event, I announced we’re going to re-activate the Renaissance Pointe Neighborhood Association president position and I had a registration table set up, so each family in Renaissance Pointe neighborhood could fill it out.  With me being in this presidential position, it will allow us to show the youth in the community that we love and care about them and we want to see them enjoy their lives while we make them feel special.  And, we’ll get the people in the community, to be more active and encourage them to become more motivated and to be more civically responsible for some of the things that’s going on.  We’ll also have meetings once a month with our block captains because they’ll know who the people are and will inform on what everybody want and their issues.  Hopefully, that’s going to change the way we think because we’ll be more open for looking after our neighbors and them looking after us, that’s how we can cut down on crime.  And, I hope that once we reactivate this position, we can have fundraisers, yearly physical activities and have something that everybody looks forward to every year.      

“This block party was basically for the kids, to have positive fun.  There was free food, rides, water slides, entertainment, face painting, games plus prizes.  We had a music fitness tournament, game competitions, prizes and an award presentation.  We also had several vendors and organizations that had handouts. Landis Kelsaw was the DJ and MC and we had a lot of African art that illustrated why it’s important for them to respect their elders and respect their own community because I want to educate them while they’re having fun.

“But, what I want to really focus on, is seeing that the kids enjoy this so much that they’ll participate in any other neighborhood association activity as an example, if we have a clean up day everybody will come out and help clean up.  That way, we can have another event of this type or fundraisers for a particular activity, I just want them to participate.  Because it’s sort of like having our own parks and recreation within our neighborhood association,

“Making these changes are so important to me because I had two godsons that were murdered and I’d rather us do something proactive with our youth and what’s going on with them.  Then, we’d stop some of that unnecessary loss of life.  We had t-shirts for our volunteers that say, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ because we want the kids to identify with the people that are willing to help them, they are not alone.”    

Now in closing, I say, Linda I’m so proud of you and what you stand for, keep up the great work.  To those of you that didn’t make it, you missed out on a treat and hopefully, you’ll make it next year.  So until next week, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie.  Bye, bye, babies.

P.S.  If you would like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone that you know, all in the name of love,  just send me an e-mail to upclosewithjeanie@yahoo. com.  I’d love to hear from you.

P.P.S.  I’d like to thank all of you who have been sending me e-mails to give me some feedback on our journey.  Keep up the good work & to those who haven’t please feel free to do so because I’d love to hear from you too.


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