Community Engagement

Prosper Waco’s Community Engagement Council (CEC) interacts with community members by educating community members on what the Prosper Waco initiative is, how people can become involved and where the initiative is headed. Monthly, the Prosper Waco staff and council members convene to talk about the council’s activities involving Prosper Waco, feedback they have received from community events and plan for upcoming community engagement activities. Council members work together to host events such as block parties, house meetings and other community activities to engage the Waco community. Click on our calendar to view upcoming community engagement council events!


CEC Minutes – April 2017
CEC Minutes – March 2017
CEC Minutes – February 2017
CEC Minutes – December 2016
CEC Minutes – November 2016
CEC Meeting 6.6.2016
CEC Meeting 5.2.2016
CEC meeting 4.4.2016
CEC Meeting notes April 2015 – Feb. 2016


What’s Up, Waco?: Series One To kick off the 2017 year, the CEC and our director of community engagement, Liz, decided to host community visioning events to hear from community members what results do they want in their community & how we will achieve those goals together. Between March and April of 2017, the first series of What’s Up, Waco kicked off! At these events, community members gathered to discuss what results they want to see in their neighborhoods.

Some community members in the East Waco event identified more youth programs, perception shift about the East Waco community and support of local businesses as results they want to see. For North Waco, some attendees noted they would like to see better access to green space, more walking and bike lanes, and better transportation. Certain South Waco attendees identified mentoring programs in schools and more community activities for children as results they want to see in their neighborhood.

Series Two of What’s Up Waco will start in June! Series Two will focus on how do we reach the results identified TOGETHER. Be on the lookout for more information!

Race for the Cure The CEC, Prosper Waco staff and hundreds of others gathered on October 22 to walk in the Race for the Cure event! This event raises significant funds and awareness of breast cancer. The CEC and Prosper Waco staff walked in honor of Sandra Henry, one of the CEC members, who is survivor of breast cancer!


National Night Out at Dewey Community Center On October 4, the CEC engaged with community members are the newly renovated Dewey Community Center for the National Night Out event! While community members enjoyed free, family-friendly activities like bounce houses and face painting, the CEC handed out information about local resources and other Prosper Waco goodies like stickers!


University High School Homecoming 2016 University High had its 2016 Homecoming football game on September 30, and the CEC had a table to connect the families and students to various ongoing efforts within the initiative such as the Okay to Say campaign and Vroom. The council also handed out Prosper Waco koozies and stickers to each person that stopped by the table!


Fiestas Patrias This is the second year in a row that the CEC has been present at the Fiestas Patrias event! This event attracts thousands of community members from all neighborhoods across McLennan County. This time, the CEC partnered with Avance Waco to hand out information about children entering Kindergarten ready and talked to people about the many resources our community has to offer.


Team Mixer The Prosper Waco staff, board of directors and CEC all joined together to have a mixer event to get to know one another. We mixed and mingled while eating delicious food and having great conversations! It’s always good to come all together to talk about what we are all doing to drive the initiative forward and making new connections!


Juneteenth Family Fun Day
The CEC attended the Juneteenth Family Fun Day on June 18! Hundreds of community members gathered at the Brazos Park East and celebrated Juneteenth. Each CEC member attended and held conversations with various community members about local resources in town and opportunities to become involved in the initiative. They had such a great time and are excited for next year’s Family Fun Day!


Waco Downtown Farmers Market
On Saturday, June 11, CEC members and staff attended the Waco Downtown Farmers Market to raise awareness about the free parenting tool Vroom and other avenues community members can take to become involved in the Prosper Waco initiative. Many community members signed up for our monthly newsletter and asked about our Mentor Coalition. Our high school student intern joined us to interact with people, too. It was great to see Waco community members to come out and buy healthy, fresh foods and stop by our table!


Community Discussion Events
The CEC held community discussion events in East, South and North Waco on Dec. 1, 8 and 9, respectively. At these meetings, many Waco residents attended and actively participated in conversations about Kindergarten Readiness, Community Health Workers and Employment Opportunities. The discussion was an open forum event, so each person was able to talk to each other, then share with other groups their ideas and suggestions for how implementing certain strategies in the Prosper Waco initiative will work best in the three areas of Waco. Click here to read the Waco Trib article on the event in East Waco.


To read the feedback from the discussion events in East, South and North Waco, click here.

Block Party
The block party was a success. The CEC made new relationships within the East Waco community, and continued to foster existing relationships. Jeanette Bell, president of North East Riverside Neighborhood Association, along with longtime East Waco residents, learned about employment opportunities available to Wacoans. “I’m so glad we did this. It was great to come to East Waco and inform community members about what job readiness programs are out there. I live in East Waco, so it’s really exciting to see my neighbors and longtime friends excited about the Prosper Waco initiative,” a CEC member said.

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House Meetings

Below are minutes from various community engagement activities hosted by Prosper Waco’s community engagement council members:

Sarah Guajardo house meeting on June 21, 2016
Greater New Light meeting on August 30, 2015
Ruth Graham house meeting on July 16, 2015
Sandra Henry house meeting on July 12, 2015
Goodwill: ESL class meeting on June 11, 2015

The Prosper Waco staff and CEC members hosted a community discussion event on Sept. 17, in East Waco to listen to the ideas and solutions community members have on improving the overall education, health and financial security of Wacoans. Click to view the feedback: education, health and financial security .