In the 1990s, Doreen Abubakar’s inner city neighborhood, Newhallville, was known as a “hotspot” labeled by local and federal government and police as an area with high crime activity. Walking in the neighborhood one day, Doreen saw an open area. She had a vision for a green space that could house services to revitalize and increase opportunities for community members, including a community center, playgrounds, library, gardens, medical institution, farmers market, bike repair services, and social and essential needs services. Following her vision, she founded the Community Placemaking Engagement Network (CPEN) to invest in the community through four organizational pillars: education, entrepreneurship, environmental education, and health and wellness. Now, because of the positive improvements in the physical and social infrastructure that have resulted in Newhallville, Doreen is working to replicate similar green spaces in other underserved communities.
Tri-State (CT, NJ, NY): Episode #
—Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Doreen Abubakar: Using Your Authentic Voice To Create Change
Using Your Authentic Voice To Create Change