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A Life Of Service

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Stop the Violence
July 2013 - November 2014

Executive Summary


This report fulfills the Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence's charge to provide
the City of Columbia, Missouri Council a report outlining recommendations to reduce violence as stated in Council Resolution 149-13 on August 5th 2013. The task force has worked diligently since August, 2013: examining research and data,
learning from local organizations and experts, and listening to the public. This report reflects their work and provides a framework for the Council, local agencies
and organizations, and for the Community to take actions towards reducing violence in Columbia.


Purpose
Despite dropping violent and property crime rates in Columbia, MO the community experienced several high profile and public acts of violence during the summer of 2013. In response to these incidents the Mayor and Council commissioned the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence to provide recommendations to reduce violence both in the short and long term. This report is intended not just for the City Council, but for the entire Community and for other communities looking for a similar process to address violence.


Method
During the 15 months that the task force met they engaged in a vigorous process of research, understanding Columbia’s local conditions, learning from presenters, and listening to the public. The resolution dictated the task force should consider evidence-based approaches to reducing violence.

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Sharp End Celebration and Recognition Project

Heal From The Past - Racial Divide
June 1990 - May 2015

Sixty years ago, the area of downtown Columbia around Walnut and Fifth streets was the thriving center of the city’s black community. Abutting Frederick Douglass School and Second Missionary Baptist Church, the Sharp End district was home to black-owned barber shops, restaurants, markets and pool halls during segregation. Music lovers gathered at Green Tree to hear live jazz and blues, and film buffs flocked to the Tiger Club theater for big-screen entertainment. In the 1960s Sharp End was demolished to make room for urban renewal and development, decimating the cultural core of Columbia’s black community.

This month the Sharp End Heritage Committee — an 18-member group made up of long-time Columbia residents, business people and community leaders — commemorates Sharp End with the dedication of a historic marker. Guided by committee historian Mary Beth Brown, an MU doctoral student in history and a staff member in black studies, the group is gathering oral histories and photos to produce a publication documenting Sharp End’s legacy.

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IT Process Creation

Create a STEM TRACK for students
2009 - 2013

When Douglass High School hired a new Principal, I met with her and the current Super to craft a plan to make the school more viable, to gain resources and to find it's identity. We first redesigned Douglass Park for the comprehensive 10 year plan, making it safer and more efficient. We did a report that offered a plan to create a STEM Elementary, Middle and High school. Established stronger relationships with the private sector. The report prepared CPS to secure a $400k scholarship that was used to redesign the school to a STEM High school.

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Plan For Economic and Minority Inclusion

Taking The Olive Branch
March 2013 - March 2015

In 2011, I was interviewing the local First Ward Councilperson Fred Schmidt on my talk show Kore Issues, and he mentioned that the City was going after TIF financing to rebuild portions of the City. We warned him that while it was good to have resources, that using eminent domain to do it would be a very sensitive and highly contested issue in this community due to the history of Sharp End, which all City Council members were totally unaware of. Months later, as we foretold, a huge contest between the economic agencies represented by REDI and the community, represented by CIVIC ensued. CIVIC won the contest. When the Mayor Bob McDavid announced that the people won (first city to ever stop this process) he challenged a packed house to come up with solutions to some of our most challenging issues in our city. This report and business (BSA) was a direct solution to that request for aid and loyalty. All efforts were to build trust. 

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What Does The Data Say - 8 out of 10 students said that they wanted to make music
2014 - 2016

Darkroom Records, created in the spring of 2015, aims to provide students in Columbia, Mo access to a free, student run recording studio where musicians can record their music and become sound engineers learning techniques in music recording and entrepreneurship.


It is the belief of Darkroom Records that students deserve enrichment opportunities in the fields of creative and practical arts that go beyond the traditional classroom. By providing students the opportunity to record their own music and train  to become studio engineers, Darkroom Records creates an enriching opportunity for students to find their voice and hone their talents. We also aim to provide  opportunities to showcase musicians' talents in the community by organizing events that are planned by and ran by students.


Our mission is to provide access to top of the line equipment, to train students on the musical production process and to promote music in our community by providing space for student-musicians to master their musical craft.


“This will give kids an opportunity to branch out and start their own bands. There are kids that drop out of school, and this might be a hook to get them back in.”
-Craig Adams, Practical Arts Director, Columbia Public School

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Honor The Creator of Ragtime and Music Prodigy and Icon
2014 - 2016

The last standing home from the Sharp End era, and it was in shambles.  The building had been sitting for over 16 years and the planning committee, while stalwart and brilliant, did not have enough clout to push the needle to get the money committed to fixing this project and doing it right.  We met with the group and consulted with the decision makers to inform them that the time was ripe for this type of project and illustrated how this would attract people to our region for tourism, as well as show the local Black community that they have at least one place to call home.  The work was completed with minority workers and was facilitated by my partner A. Stanton.

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Use The Tools At Our Disposal
2009 - 2016

After attending several City Council meetings over the years I discovered that the institution of the Neighborhood Association was the tool used to allow citizens to voice their concerns and to collaborate on how to build a better, safer and more inclusive community.  I talked to all of the elders and got their permission to start the NA again.  It took me 2 years to get their approval.

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Let's Talk CoMo

Senior Facilitator and Trainer
2000 - 2010

Worked with the City Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of Nanette Ward and assisted her with 1 annual and 12 monthly study circles discussing race, culture, religion and community.  This program did more to create healthy bonds than any program that I have ever seen in this city. We trained over 300 citizens as Facilitators and had over 10,000 participants total.

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Paladon - Community Protector, Leader and Mentor

When you see a problem, you can either fix it or pass it off to the next generation. 
Don't pass the buck, only the baton.

During my time in whatever city I have lived in, I have always done my best to be an example and to help empower others.  I mentored thousands of young journalist from MU, helped to bridge a gap between the divide between town and gown, between Black and White, between rich and poor.  During this time I also honored my family and mentored thousands of young people, and was a supporter to many any active elder and nonprofit trying to do good works.

References

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Tyree and I both worked on upholding human rights in our community. I was Chair of the City of Columbia Human Rights Commission (appointed by the City Council,) and he was an important skilled, trained, volunteer in a broad-based series of workshops designed to help people better communicate with and understand each other ("Let's Talk, Columbia").
He has a winning personality, a deep faith commitment, and a conscientious approach to the work he undertakes. It has been a pleasure to have worked with him over the better part of a decade.

David Finke

Chairman, Board of Directors at Fellowship of Reconciliation, Mid-Missouri Chapter

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I serve in a number of roles professionally and as a volunteer in our community. I have worked with Tyree across numerous groups and affiliations. He possesses technical expertise in the area of social media, website design and maintenance, and communications of all types. His work includes consulting for governmental entities participating in public discourse who are needing to reach out to traditionally under-served populations. Tyree's experience in human resources, his connections, and the finesse and skill he utilizes to connect with nearly everyone he meets, together enable him to be highly effective while working professionally with a wide range of people and situations. He is a great communicator and someone who remains authentic in whatever he does. I highly recommend Tyree!

Steve Calloway

Director of Pharmacy at MO HealthNet Division - MO Dept of Social Services

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Tyree Paladon Byndom is a cut above the rest in my opinion. From our first business encounter in 2003 til today he has been a true professional. He has assisted me in employment avenues over the years which lead me to great opportunities in the business world; which I thank him for. To personal help with my own adult children present day in becoming respective citizens through programs in the community. Tyree has played a significant role over the years from past to present and continues to be a outstanding professional in our community. Thank you Tyree for being you.

Kendra Jackson-Thornton

Finance Manager for the Heart of Missouri United Way