River City Skate Park- Building a Healthy Community
I’m a snowboarder turned skateboarder because I live in the city. What started as a means of transportation turned into something more important to me.
This video was my first attempt at telling my own story as the co-chair of River City Skate Park.
It was part of a project called MOVE, Mapping Our Voices for Equality.
MOVE emerged in response to an RFP from Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative. Four community-based agencies developed a proposal based on preliminary successes with digital storytelling to harness the power of stories to promote changes related to healthy eating, active living, and tobacco prevention. We accomplish this by combining grassroots organizing with new media technology rooted in story. Our approach is based on our belief that telling our stories can engage new leaders in neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by inequities, strengthen grassroots organizations’ ability to advocate on their own behalf, and lead to social justice. The founding partners helped community members produce over 100 multilingual digital stories during the course of the twenty-one month grant period and showed these stories to decision-makers in a series of community forums and other venues. Excited by the concrete policy and systems changes we’ve seen and widespread support, the partners are now committed to broadening the focus and reach of MOVE, both in terms of issues and geographic region.