The Monrovia Area Partnership

The Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) program began in 2006, as a grassroots effort, after the City of Monrovia experienced an increase in crime, blight and resident apathy. The Neighborhood Strategy Team, including various departments in the City and community partners formed to make changes in the community. In its’ formation, MAP has; implemented community building efforts that include neighborhood events, neighborhood improvement projects, innovative law enforcement measures as well as resident education and empowerment opportunities.

MAP Programming throughout the year
includes; Annual (Adult and Youth) Leadership Academies, An Annual Neighborhood Conference, MAP-Educational Quarterly Workshops, Neighborhood Meetings, Neighborhood Projects, Summer Movie Series, dissemination of current events, volunteer opportunities and resources.

The MAP Program has proven itself successful in accomplishing its goals and is a city-wide program to encourage resident participation in the decision making processes of our community. All of MAP’s efforts are offered to empower adults and youth to become active in the community, become volunteers, and have community pride.

Neighborhood Outreach Initiative

The City of Monrovia’s MAP Neighborhood Outreach Initiative is a comprehensive approach to delivering public services and assistance to residents of Monrovia. Launched in early 2015, the Neighborhood Outreach Initiative Program was developed as a way for our MAP Neighborhood Leaders to contribute to the continued improvement of their neighborhoods and communities.

The objectives of the MAP program are to eliminate crime and blight while empowering neighborhoods by fostering citizen activism, volunteerism and community pride. MAP incorporates an innovative philosophy that transcends departmental barriers and coordinates public/private resources. This partnership has continued to provide a high level of community support with ongoing program initiatives to enhance our neighborhoods.

MAP Care for Your Neighbor Program
The Care for Your Neighbor Program pairs caring MAP Neighborhood Leaders and volunteers with homeowners to build community by enhancing properties and beautifying neighborhoods throughout the city. The program is developed to help low-income, elderly or disabled homeowners bring their properties into compliance. City Code Enforcement Officials and MAP Neighborhood Leaders help identify program participants, coordinate the proper assistance, and work directly with volunteer groups and neighbors to address code concerns and beautify properties.

Our Plan:
MAP, in collaboration with local and regional sponsors, will coordinate landscape beautification efforts with our MAP Neighborhood Leaders and volunteers, with the goals of improving participants’ landscape appearances. This program will provide free xeriscape plant material with the promise that community groups will plant in the front lawn area spaces of participants who are physically unable to maintain their yard space. City staff will conduct site visits to identify eligible participants, work with local resources to prepare landscape plans, and provide planting maintenance technical training to help coordinate and guide volunteers for their planting projects.

MAP Neighborhood Treasures Program
Neighborhood Treasures celebrates historically significant Monrovians through the installation of public art pieces in various neighborhoods throughout the community. The goal of the program is to enrich the lives of those who view the art and improve neighborhoods by its presence.

Neighborhood Treasures was developed by Monrovia Area Partnership staff and leaders, vetted by the Art in Public Places Committee, and approved by the City Council in 2018. Neighborhood Treasures' public art includes specialized art work that visually represent the life and contributions of the honorees. 

MAP Residential Rehabilitation Project
The Mission of the MAP Residential Rehabilitation Project is to assist single-family owner occupied homeowners in enhancing their properties, which will serve to beautify neighborhoods throughout the City.

Our Plan:
The MAP Residential Rehabilitation Project will help low-income, elderly or disabled homeowners bring their properties into code compliance. City employees help identify potential program participants and then match them with community resources, which include CDBG grants, MAP Leaders volunteers, along with other local volunteer organization resources to address code concerns and beautify their property and neighborhoods.

Annual Neighborhood Conference

An important aspect of MAP is the annual MAP Neighborhood Conference. The conference is a free, all day event that is open to the public. The MAP Conference hosts workshops educating participants on topics ranging from Monrovia Resources to Disaster Preparedness. Participants enjoy food, entertainment, workshops and small group discussions. This event is deeply impacting on the way event participants view the community and learn to participate in its continued growth.

Year after year, hundreds of people come to workshops to learn about topics such as; Keeping Monrovia Beautiful, Meeting the City Manager, Healthy Eating Habits and Coffee with a Cop! Participants also enjoy a delicious lunch sponsored by local restaurants. 

In addition to that, the Conference offers a Health and Information Fair. The Fair hosts over 40 vendors offering health screenings and information on being healthy, volunteering and becoming active in your community, to finding farm fresh ingredients. This is a great opportunity to meet and get acquainted with City Staff, and more. 

MAP Leadership Academies

The MAP Adult Leadership Academy demonstrates initiative and innovation by educating Monrovia residents on how to actively participate in their community.  This program partners with  residents and local resources to facilitate open lines of communication, build trust and find creative solutions to enhance the City.

Residents are educated through training sessions on how to network with existing City resources to improve their neighborhoods. By educating residents on the resources available, residents in turn can become  advocates toward a thriving community.

The MAP Leadership Academy has been offered annually since 2009 and boasts 150+ MAP Neighborhood Leaders!

The MAP Youth Leadership Academy partners with various organizations within our community for skill building for the leaders of tomorrow, ages 11-18. These skills include; recognizing the attributes of a leader, where to find local resources for youth, resume building, public speaking, and getting involved in the community. 

The Youth Leaders are educated through the sessions to become positive impacts to the City. To date, there are 70+ Youth Leadership Academy graduates who are now equipped with resources to help contribute to their futures.  

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