Community Identified Issues
At the most fundamental or “base” level of our work, the Foundation will support grassroots leadership development and organizing strategies to build a strong base of civic activism and power on a broad range of issues important to local low-income communities.
|Center for Teen Empowerment's youth-police dialogue session (June 5, 2016)
While Boston and Chelsea are now “minority majority” cities, people of color and with immigrant backgrounds are under-represented in decision-making positions in the public and private sectors. The development of grassroots leaders and activists of color, including immigrants and teens, who are actively engaged in civic and electoral processes ensures that low-income communities play a vital role in identifying issues, working toward solutions and reducing disparities. Community-based organizations that involve and support their constituents in decision-making roles are crucial to promoting civic engagement and leadership development of community members. Organizations that are run by and serve people of color and immigrants play a particularly critical role in supporting and developing leaders and activists.