By joining North Philly Project, you are choosing to become a valuable and appreciated part of a passionate team of individuals who are determined to be part of the positive change of North Philadelphia. Although many programs and initiatives exist, we feel that a strategy that seeks to integrate the uplifting power of community with the wisdom of various health and wellness best practices, youth and families focused programs that are integrated into gentrification, will offer something new, unique and valuable for residents in North Philadelphia.
We seek to include a variety of different lived experiences and the perspectives they each bring into North Philly Project. Although we each contribute something different, we are united by a shared commitment to the values and principles outlined in this document and our collaborative endeavor. We believe that there is much efficacy and efficiency gained in working to collectively actualize these values rather than working in parallel as individuals, while appreciating what everyone brings to our organization family.
We want to be a team of people who are inspired and motivated to work in the same direction and who endorse the vision, mission and values that drive our collective effort. For that reason, we want to articulate these guide points so that you understand what is driving this organization you are joining:
North Philly Project Core Values and Goals are the navigating principles and mindset that direct us into our mission. They are organic and work succinctly to pilot our policies, procedures and programs.
Ideas: Our project values the ideas of those who are members of our project and other community stakeholders. Our project solicits the ideas of all who have positive change as the motivation to share such ideas.
Positive Objectives: If it is positive, we will entertain it. North Philly Project presupposes that the best is available and can be obtained if we pursue it. As an organization all of our efforts and energies will be used to pursue results and outcomes that will have a positive impact on our communities.
Integrity: Value placed on honest, transparent interactions and relationships in North Philly Project will not be understated. Evident in this project will be openness in conversation and deliberate avoidance of hidden agendas. All of our dealings, personal and business, will be done in the highest display of character and moral ethics.
Team Work: The fabric of North Philly Project is that its members understand team concepts. A commonality of our origin is that we have been part of teams on various levels and capacities. Lending our knowledge skills sets, experience and energies to the mission of North Philly Project is the best expression of our approach. We are as strong as our weakest link. We are weak as our greatest strength. We are a team.
Community: Community begins with individuals and families that impact daily life in North Philly. The term stakeholder is applicable as we define community. Our community is a community of communities. We are diverse in ethnicity, education, spiritually and socially economically. The differences of our community are to be celebrated and embraced. North Philly Project is to be considered a resource to the community.
Investments: North Philly Project is created to invest in community by investing in its people. Our investments of time and resources will make a difference when made available. Our investments begin with the development of and investments in our organization. That investment will allow us to present programs of excellence to our community, thus investing in the change and rebirth of North Philly. We are planting and developing NPP to make long term and lasting investments of change.
Accountability and Excellence-We must be accountable to our values and mission. We must approach our membership with an excellent attitude. Two questions we must ask before we do anything. What is the most excellent way to do this and will the results reflect our commitment to excellence? Our service must be at the highest level, to both project members and the youth and families we will serve. We should continually improve as we grow, learn and serve. North Philly Project must reflect excellence.
By joining North Philly Project, family and organization, you are agreeing to actualize these values and principles by doing the following:
Committing to contribute to the vision, mission and strengthening of North Philly Project through; board governance, team participation, financial contribution, lending of skills, experience and talents. Requested financial contribution is $30.00 monthly.
Participating in shared fund-raising activities for both NPP organization budget and various program mission accomplishments.
Committing to creating a culturally sensitive and inclusive environment
Commitment to participate in at least one (1) community event for organization (ex. WAY wellness event or Youth Summit)
Committing to attend 75% of all NPP organization/board meetings (will occur at least quarterly and no more than monthly)
Committing to facilitating the community building aspect of the NPP mission which may include donating time, creativity, expertise & effort
Committing to treating those we serve and each other with dignity and respect
Committed to having FUN with each other in the work we do.