Santa Clara University


Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI)

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 Megan Sacia

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
My name is Megan Sacia and I am a senior finance major from Federal Way, Washington. My favorite part of NPI so far this quarter has been going around and interviewing all of the businesses in the neighborhood. Despite being outside of my comfort zone, I managed to overcome my fears and meet some very inspiring people. This experience gave me an opportunity to see the neighborhood first hand, talk to people about their struggles, and explore ways to help. As students, it is easy to feel like we do not have the power yet to influence the world, but NPI has shown us all that our contributions do not have to be big to be impactful. 
This week our class travelled the San Jose City Hall to talk to City Council member Sam Liccardo. The first thing that struck all of the students was the view from the 18th floor of the building. You could look down on all of the people milling around San Jose and even see Swig off in the distance. The view must be just as impactful to all of the city council members who look down on the city every day and see the impact of their decisions. From the top floor we travelled down to the City Council Chambers.
Our class got the opportunity to see the city council in action. We walked down into the chambers and listened to proceedings before finally being able to talk to Mr. Liccardo. This was a really interesting experience to see how citizens and the council interacted to make key decisions. Mr. Liccardo started off by asking us questions about what we have been working on in this class and about how we, as students, see San Jose. This led into us asking him questions about the city and his work. We ended up learning a lot about San Jose, including the past, the present, and the vision for the future. This experience has increased motivation for our class to continue working to better positively impact the community. 
Megan Sacia
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