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Youth Ambassadors had a great summer!

Last Friday marked the end of the Summer for our Youth Ambassadors. This marked the end of a successful pilot program that matched 12 local youth (ages 14-18) with several local businesses. Every week the youth worked at a local business Monday – Thursday and then spent Friday being Ambassadors to Walnut Hills! Below is a list of the group’s accomplishments:

  •  Utilized a Community Engagement Board to gather community input about the growth of the neighborhood
  • Worked with the City to learn how to report building code violations
  • Worked with the neighborhood beautification committee to re-mulch tree beds in the commercial corridor
  • Initiated and participated in trash clean ups
  • Had weekly lunches with a civic leader who spoke with them about the importance of being a community leader
  • Actively participated in the creation and design process of the Crosswalk Art Installation at the corner of Kemper and E. McMillian during Cincinnati – - Summer Streets
  • Worked with a professional youth development consultant that focused on problem solving and character building
  • Presented their work to Cincinnati City Council’s Human Service, Youth and Arts Committee

The goal of the program was to provide youth from our neighborhood with the opportunity to develop work experience and provide service to their community. After only seven weeks of programming the twelve youth ambassadors have evolved in way the RF did not anticipate. It was a wonderful Summer!

The youth ambassadors will give a brief presentation at the Walnut Hills Area Council meeting on August 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Please come hear about their eventful summer and help us congratulate them on a job well done!

youth ambassador at reds game

   

Walnut Hills Community receives healthy initiatives grant!

We are happy to announce that we are the proud partners with several area organizationsfarmstand boy pb in an effort to increase healthy eating in the Walnut Hills community through participation in a Thriving Communities grant from Interact for Health.  Working in collaboration with Findlay Market, the Civic Garden Center, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, Vitality and Elevate, we accept the challenge to help the neighborhood be healthier!  Look for our work in bringing more produce to the people, more active living, more health screenings.  We will be nudging all of us up out of our chairs and away from the potato chips with recipes, fresh vegetables and yoga on the green.  For today, try this Kale Chip recipe, with ingredients available from the Findlay Market Farmstand.

shake david manns hand Kale Chips

1 bunch washed, fresh Kale
1/2 t sea salt
dash of garlic powder
dash of onion powder
Olive oil spray

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Lightly spray the pan with olive oil.
Tear kale leaves from the stem and cover cookie sheet evenly.
Lightly spray kale leaves with olive oil.
Lightly sprinkle kale with sea salt, garlic powder and onion powder.
Bake for 10-12 min. at 350 , shaking pan once while baking.

Heads up! Listen up!

Listen Up! Oh wait, that’s what we’re going to do! Walnut Hills is a community on the move! We are excited to be a part of that, and want you to be a part of it, too.  The Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation in conjunction with various community partners, will be hosting several listening sessions throughout the neighborhood in the next coming weeks and we want to hear from you.

How do you feel about YOUR Neighborhood? What new and exciting things would you like to see here? Are you passionate about a specific area of interest concerning the community; education, job training, economic development, health? Get ready to join the conversation. Locations, Times, and Dates Coming Soon!

Walnut Hills is the first ever bike friendly neighborhood!

Walnut Hills is the first ever neighborhood to receive the Bike Friendly Neighborhood designation from Queen City Bike! The two way street conversion, the organized rides at Brew House Cincinnati and the fact that we had the largest ever increase in Bike Friendly Destinations (a double digit jump from last year) contributed to the designation! […]

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Findlay Market Stand Comes To Walnut Hills

You’ve seen the yard signs pop up around the neighborhood. You’ve driven by the huge white shipping container on the lot where the farmstand will be. You might have even stopped by on a Thursday evening in the hopes of picking up some fresh vegetables. Well, the wait is over! The Findlay Market Farmstand opens today from 4 pm – 7 […]

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We Are Walnut Hills festival – this Saturday!

The We Are Walnut Hills Festival is this Saturday – and we are gearing up for an awesome day full of food, fun for kids and families, art and live music! The festival is this Saturday, May 17 from 12 noon to 4 pm at Firehouse Row space (the 700 block of E McMillan). You […]

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