The North Flint Neighborhood Action Council exists to address issues related to safety, education, communication, housing and beautification by bringing together residents, block neighborhood associations and organizations to develop responses for North Flint to enhance the quality of life for all
The North Flint NAC supports block clubs and neighborhood associations to perform neighborhood cleanups We assist residents in banding together to clean up all or part of their neighborhood. The effort may be led by the community, by an organized neighborhood association or council, by a grass roots neighborhood group, or by one or more concerned individuals.
The North Flint NAC assists in neighborhood beautification programs which can build neighborhood pride and ownership. Litter in lots and yards, broken windows, dirty walls, obscene graffiti, and barren streets with no street life don’t only make a bad first impression; those attributes also decrease resident’s pride and sense of community. When residents notice improvements – or better yet help with the changes– they develop neighborhood pride and feel better about their community and home. If they’ve been responsible for the change, they’ll not only take ownership of it and work to sustain it over time, but may feel motivated to change other things in their lives as well.
Neighborhood beautification can also improve the quality of life of the residents. Living in pleasant surroundings improves daily life. and may help to foster connections among residents When a person has a good quality of life they are happier and relieved of many stressors related to their safety and well-being.
Capacity building provides the framework for your block clubs or neighborhood groups to best serve your residents and achieve outcomes as a group. The skills, knowledge, resources, and confidence gained from completing one project can carry over to the next one. Your group will have greater abilities to take on additional projects and as it does so, expand with even more capabilities. This continuous growth cycle can make your residents and community more equipped for other responsibilities.
Civic engagement involves working to make a difference in the civic life of one’s community and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. Civic engagement includes both paid and unpaid forms of political activism, environmentalism, and community and national service. The NFNAC offers community members the opportunity for civic engagement through census information gathering, voter education and the Civic Leadership Academy’s for both adults and youth.
The Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) and the Civic Leadership Youth Academy (CLYA) are both an engaging 8 week program(s) that provides residents with an in-depth look at government with an intense focus on city government. The program includes hands-on demonstrations and presentations that give participants an insider view of how the City of Flint operates. With this knowledge, participants will be better equipped to lead collective action towards the advancement of neighborhoods and residents’ quality of life. The Civics Leadership Academy was created to foster civic engagement by developing citizen’s understanding of city government and how local offices and services are employed to serve communities. With this knowledge, participants will be better equipped to lead collective action towards the advancement of neighborhoods and citizens’ quality of life.
Crime Reduction is the attempt to reduce victimization and to deter crime and criminals. It is applied specifically to efforts made by our citizens to reduce crime, opportunities for negative activity generators and strengthen community bonds
Safety is defined as the state of being free from harm or danger. It does not take many incidents of violence on a city street to make people fear the streets live, play and work on. And as they fear them, they use them less, which makes the streets still more unsafe. The goal of the NFNAC is to create an environment that is inclusive of the people, their physical, and social surroundings, and how people behave and act in a positive way.