Coming Together as One City: First Neighborhood Summit Announced.

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Mayor Ed Pawlowski announced on October 3rd that the Allentown Presidents’ Council and the City of Allentown Department of Community & Economic Development will hold the first Allentown Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The free event will take place from 10am until 2pm at the Sacred Heart Hospital Conference Center, 421 Chew Street in Allentown.

City of Allentown Neighborhood Coordinator Phyllis Alexander and St. Luke’s Neighborhood Center Elementary and Teen Coordinator Hector Sanchez joined the Mayor for the announcement.

The Summit will offer workshops for residents who want to make their neighborhood a better place to live.  Topics for adults include: How to Effectively Communicate with Adolescents, How to be Prepared in an Emergency, and Housing and the Empowered Resident.  A workshop for teenagers is being offered in conjunction with the City of Allentown Week Without Violence and will be presented by staff from Turning Point and the Crime Victims Council.   Topics will include:  Dating Violence, Sexual Harassment, Sexting and Cyber-bulling.

Residents will connect with other empowered and engaged residents and learn information and practice skills that lead to safe and dynamic neighborhoods.

The Summit will close with an honest and open conversation between adults and youth entitled: What you Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask. Please bring your questions!

Registration can be done on-line at http://www.allentownpa.gov. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, and parking is free in the Sacred Heart Hospital parking lots and the 5th Street lot, which may be the most convenient. For more information, please contact the City of Allentown Neighborhood Coordinator at 610-437-7679 or email Phyllis.Alexander@allentownpa.gov.