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October 12, 2011

Before I get into the formal reflection and response, I just want to jot down some first impressions on our visit to Elementz:

1.   This is, by all appearances, a really good program.  They have a laundry list of success stories.  They left me feeling pretty optimistic about both their ability to improve the community and our knowledge of what makes a community tick.  They talked a lot about building on what’s already there in Over-the-Rhine (their comments on 3CDC were quite interesting) and building connections with the community, so they’re working hard to make sure they understand the community and cover all the angles.  And at ~$800 a kid, they’re an impressively efficient program.

2. I take back what I said about Block, because while his writing sucks, his idea of not focusing on problems and solutions is pretty good.  Elementz isn’t just asking “What’s wrong with your life and how can we fix it?”, but “How can we get more good things to happen in your life?”  Doubtlessly that will involve fixing a few problems, but this is a more comprehensive approach.

3.  I still don’t “get” hip-hop, but hey, if it works, it’s not stupid.

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  1. I like how you tied Elementz approach to their kids to Block and his approach to a healthy community. How do you think Elementz could reach more students?

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