Get Proximate: Experience Mayfair – Si Se Puede!

Join us for SV2’s second Get Proximate experience as we visit the Mayfair neighborhood of East San Jose with community members on Tuesday, June 4th. Facilitated by Somos Mayfair, our alumni Grantee, we will meet residents of a community that is both grappling with challenges as well as building on its strengths as it looks ahead. We seek to listen and deepen our understanding of this community.

Our morning begins with a walking/driving tour of Mayfair accompanied by residents and community leaders who will share the rich history, many assets and vexing challenges of a dynamic neighborhood that is undergoing change. Then we’ll engage in conversation with Mayfair residents and community leaders over a delicious lunch from Mayfair restaurant El Pirrin. We will learn about how history has shaped this community and led to some systemic issues that persist. a. We will meet a community that is grappling with a variety of challenges and learn how various stakeholders are working to improve the future of this community. What role do we play in this? This experience is designed to help us shed our own preconceived notions and bring back deeper perspective to conversations about communities that are struggling throughout the Bay Area.

Take in the church where Cesar Chavez organized. Learn how bridges can be dividers, appreciate the parks, community centers and changes afoot in this resilient 60 by 60 square blocks. Our goal with Get Proximate is to foster meaningful connections and deeper understanding through proximity. This event is open to SV2 Partners and their middle and high school children.

9:45 am Gather/Orientation at Somos Mayfair 370-B King Road, San José, CA 95116

10:00 am Depart for tour in small groups with community members

12:00/12:15 pm reconvene for lunch and conversation in small groups

2:00 pm Wrap up

Pre-and post-experience reflection. 

Once you RSVP, we will send you some pre-experience info. Following our time in Mayfair, we invite participants to a post-event follow up call to share and explore your experience. We will follow up with details.

More about SV2’s Get Proximate Initiative

Get Proximate is a pilot initiative SV2 is launching this year to help explore the question: “Why do we give?” Most of us donate to organizations because we believe they are doing important work in the community. But how much do we know about the people these organizations serve and whose lives we indirectly hope to improve? How can we truly understand the needs of those in our community without “getting proximate”, listening to and understanding their personal stories and perspectives?

SV2’s Get Proximate initiative aspires to create mutually beneficial and authentic experiences with people in our community that have had different — and potentially difficult — life experiences. Getting proximate will take on multiple forms as we experiment in this inaugural year. Our first event was Around the Table at Maple Street with Life Moves on 1/21/19.


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