Lessons learned by our MUSE team:
When we shifted engagement efforts online during the pandemic, our team was afraid we might lose the youth participation that we had been counting on for some of our projects. However, one of our partners came up with an idea to continue supporting our engagement efforts for the Divvy Expansion in Little Village: a group of young leaders biked to proposed locations for Divvy stations, documenting their bike rides and observations with a GoPro. This same group also interviewed business owners and other community members about biking in the community and to get feedback on proposed Divvy stations.
When your bilingual engagement plan succeeds, my people succeed. Intentional bilingual and bicultural engagement allows non-English speakers to be fully immersed in a planning process, becoming collaborators and long-term stewards of their own communities.