The annual UpDayton Summit is a launchpad for volunteer-powered community projects. At the event, participants vote to decide which creative young community leaders will receive $1,000 in seed money and the support of UpDayton to bring their ideas to action. Examples of past winning projects include The Longest Table event, the #DaytonInspires campaign and selfie wall, purchasing and installing 70 bike racks in business districts and neighborhoods in the Dayton community, and many others.
. Once all the ideas have been presented, the audience will vote to select the top 3 ideas for implementation in 2017. The event will also include opportunities for participants to connect with project team leaders and other ways to get involved in the community.
Meet the 2017 UpDayton Summit presenters and read about their projects:
Jason knows that downtown Dayton is booming with new development, but word has only just begun to reach the rest of our region. His project brings a one-of-a-kind event to life on the roof of the Transportation Center garage.
Tom Everhart & Beth Miller
Wagtown™ Dog Track
Beth and Tom believe dog-friendly communities are better communities for everyone. Their project seeks to create a dog-friendly walking route connecting Webster Station and the Oregon District.
Community Garden Expo
Jerod came to Dayton through the AmeriCorps program and has been too involved in the community to think about moving anywhere else. His project teaches residents of all ages how to grow their own produce and use it in everyday cooking.
Third Street Three
Christine Hamilton is a City of Dayton police officer. She sees first-hand how community pride counteracts vandalism and strengthens neighborhoods. Her project brings together police, artists, neighbors and the courts to create three murals along the East Third Street corridor.
Wes Hartshorn & Jeff Paul
Carnival on a Corner
Wes & Jeff, performing artists themselves, want to fill the streets of downtown Dayton with fire jugglers, musicians and more. Their project seeks to inspire new audiences and support for these artists.
Nick is generous with his time volunteering to support all kinds of organizations in the community. His project inspires volunteers to give more by rewarding them with works from local artists.
Karlos Marshall & Moses Mbeseha
The Reading Park Project
Karlos and Moses are the co-founders of The Conscious Connect, Inc., a nonprofit with the mission to eradicate urban “book deserts.” Their project seeks to turn underutilized spaces along the Salem Peace Corridor into welcoming places to read a book, have an event, or learn something new.
Amanda Miller & Lauren White
To Lauren & Amanda the heroin epidemic isn’t just a headline—it’s personal. Their project challenges us to think differently about people challenged by addiction and our role in supporting them.
Bryan is a huge advocate for a more connected community. His project seeks to use basketball and other sports as a way to bridge divides and boost Dayton children.
Devon is a former foster youth with a passion for giving back and telling her story. Her projects seeks to partner with Agape for Youth to expand their Comfort Bags program.
It’s All Downhill from Here
Robert is a downtown entrepreneur and a champion for Dayton. His project brings the soap box derby, a Dayton invention, back to our city with some new twists.
Day of International Discomfort (DID)
Marshall believes Dayton is a place where you can make anything happen. His project challenges us to go beyond our comfort zone to explore Dayton places we’ve never been with people we’ve never met.