Today we launch a new section of our blog: the Thread STL Member Snapshot. In this section, we’ll regularly feature some of the work of our members with the hopes that the profile might inspire some new connections, ideas, and community building. If you’re a Thread STL member and interested in being a future Member Snapshot, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Name: Lindsey Noblot
Title: Education Resource Manager, Beyond Housing
Name of partnership, coalition, or collective impact initiative: 5byAge5
What is your effort trying to achieve? 5byAge5 is a collective impact coalition, utilizing 20 + partners, to increase kindergarten readiness in the Normandy Schools Collaborative geography. We use 5 indicators for measuring a successful kindergarten entry and they are: access to healthcare services, early screening, access to quality early learning, successful parents, and strong community support.
What are some of your strongest beliefs that support the work you do or your approach to it? Meet individuals where they are and go from there. Community development is all about building trusting relationships, you cannot achieve anything without their COMPLETE support.
If there was one piece of advice you would give someone just starting out in a role similar to yours as a partnership/coalition facilitator, what would it be? Talk to anyone and everyone that will listen to you. All I did when I started out was go out and talk to as many people as I could. I went everywhere, drove down most streets in the Normandy district, and did anything I could to integrate.
What are you most proud of about your work? Tell us about a small win or big achievement and why it matters. The infant mortality rates (IMR) in the Normandy district/24:1 (63133 and 63121) hav dramatically decreased from 2007-2013. The IMR is dramatically lower in communities where there is adequate access to prenatal healthcare, availability of living-wage jobs, access to transportation, stable housing, and access to healthy foods. Historically, the 24:1 community has held some of the highest rates for infant deaths, but within the past 5 years through our efforts at Beyond Housing and the tireless work of our 5byAge5 partners we have seen that number DECREASE. For example, 63133 is no longer the highest zip code for infant mortality in St. Louis County or City. The number of infant deaths in 63133 has decreased dramatically by 31.5% from 2007-2013. In 63121 the IMR has also decreased by 18.7% from 2007-2013
What might someone be surprised to know about you? I speak Moroccan Arabic and I do jiu jitsu!
What’s the best way for other Thread STL members to contact you? Other Thread STL members can reach me via email at email@example.com.
What’s the best way for other Thread STL members to learn more about your effort? Check out Beyond Housing’s website, www.beyondhousing.org.