About The VISTA Member:
Ashley Mang is a second-year graduate student at Temple University studying City and Regional Planning. Her BA in Sociology provided a nuanced understanding of the institutional and environmental factors that contribute to the inequalities of urban life and stirred her interest in public health and social equity issues. She is particularly interested in the ways in which the built environment affects one’s quality of life and how communities can become more resilient and sustainable. A Philadelphia native, she is excited to serve in The Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity as the Place Based Initiatives VISTA. She looks forward to earning her MS in May of 2020 and using the skills and knowledge acquired from her VISTA year to begin her career in planning.
About The VISTA Position:
The City of Philadelphia was selected in 2014 as one of the first Promise Zone designations, a federal initiative led by federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and others. The initiative was created to address the challenges of areas in deep and persistent poverty. Today, the neighborhood you grow up in impacts your odds of graduating high school, whether you are likely to face chronic disease, and your lifelong economic opportunities. The goal of this effort is to ensure that everyone has equal access to opportunity.