TRIP supports grassroots efforts to develop leaders and to improve neighborhoods and communities in the City of Troy. Upon request, we may facilitate, administer, or serve as a fiscal agent for community-based projects or initiatives, including:
TNAC (Troy Neighborhoods Action Council). When Little Italy’s neighborhood leader and business owner, Rocco DeFazio, wanted to bring all the neighborhood associations in the city together in 2008 to support each other and share information, he requested TRIP’s help in doing so. Since then, TRIP continues to facilitate TNAC, scheduling meetings, disseminating information, and supporting its signature events, Meet the Candidates and National Night Out.
TRIP also supports several of the initiatives that sprang from TNAC including the Troy Drug Free Community Coalition, the Troy Vacant Properties Workgroup, and the Troy Salvage & Deconstruction Committee.
communityLAB (Leadership & Action Building). A strong commitment to building community, power and hope led two long-time organizers, Shanna Goldman and Harrison Watkins, to share their collective knowledge with others who are engaged in community improvement efforts. The result is a 12 week leadership training program where people can learn and practice the skills needed to be effective. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to communityLAB.
Troy Drug Free Community Coalition. At a TNAC meeting in 2009, residents from different communities across Troy talked about the impact of drugs in their neighborhoods. Understanding that they could be more effective if they worked together, a citywide network of various stakeholders came together to learn about the breadth of the problem and possible solutions. The Troy DFCC received federal funding in 2014 to implement its action plan to keep youth from substance abuse. For more information, go to Troy Drug Free Community Coalition, email TroyDFCC@triponline.org or call (518) 272-8289 x216.
Mount Ida Community Development Micro-Grant Program. Created by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity (Gamma Tetarton chapter) in 2013, this program provides up to $1000 grants in the Mount Ida neighborhood in which its chapter house is located. Grants may be used for home improvement, historic restoration, neighborhood beautification, maintaining community parks and green spaces, or for not-for-profit programs serving neighborhood residents. For more information, visit www.pskrpi.com.
Col. Albert Pawling Statue Memorial Project. A group of community residents are committed to erecting a statue of Col. Albert Pawling,Troy’s first mayor, to be located at the corner of Congress Street and Pawling Avenue in Troy. Col. Pawling was a commander of a regiment in the American Revolution and served as General George Washington’s Aide-De-Camp in 1779. After the war, Col. Pawling became a business man, a director of Troy’s first bank, several term village trustee, three-term village president of Troy, Rensselaer County’s first High Sheriff, and the city of Troy’s first mayor. A local sculptor has been commissioned to create the statue, for which funds are being raised. For more information, visit www.pawlingstatue.org.
TroyLOOK (Life Options Opportunity Knowledge). TroyLOOK was created by Kevin Pryor to promote male awareness and mentoring of youth particularly in Troy’s African American community. This group sponsors various events to which the community is invited, including block parties, basketball tournaments, and more.
The Pull Em Up Campaign is an endeavor of TroyLOOK to raise awareness among youth about the perils that come from wearing sagging pants. The initiative behind this project is to urge minority youth to rid themselves of this image so that they can take advantage of opportunities to better themselves. For more information, visit www.troylook.com.
Troy Landlord Training Program. TRIP created this 4-hour program at the request of residents who heard about something similar at a Community Leadership Institute to which we brought them. In partnership with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the City of Troy, this very useful program is offered to landlords or potential landlords in the spring and fall each year. A variety of presenters from TRIP, City of Troy, and other agencies provide information about tenant screening, Section 8 vouchers, codes, local ordinances, the eviction process, marketing to students, resources to deal with lead, and more. To register for the next Troy Landlord Training, go to register.