SCRC is a community-based 501(c)3 organization that serves as an organizational and conceptual bridge connecting the questions, problems, and knowledge of community groups with the resources and expertise of research and educational institutions. Its mission is to build democratic institutions and improve the quality of life in the Southeastern United States. The SCRC achieves its mission through facilitating, brokering, and conducting participatory investigations and trainings. The organization views this work as a critical step in the project to create a more democratic and just society in the southeast United States. [Extend]
Since 1994, Youth on Board (YOB), a program in the Education Department of YouthBuild USA, has forged partnerships between youth and adults to create positive communities in which young people are valued, engaged, and heard.
Youth on Board works with youth organizers to provide programming, play an active role in local, regional, and national policy debates related to youth voice in decision making, and provides training and consultation. We also publish materials based on our work.
In 2002, we began working to bring student voice and engagement to the forefront of the educational movement on a national level. On a local level, we have formed unique partnerships with both the Boston Public School (BPS) district and independent youth advocates throughout the city. Our ... [Extend]
The Urban Strategies Council is a community building support and advocacy organization located in Oakland, California. Founded as a non-profit in 1987, the Council works with stakeholders in low-income communities, community-based organizations, and public systems to expand services for children and families, improve health, educational, and other outcomes, and increase employment and economic opportunities. Its mission is to eliminate persistent poverty by working with partners to transform low-income neighborhoods into vibrant, healthy communities. [Extend]
Special Service for Groups (SSG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to provide community-based solutions to the social and economic issues facing those in greatest need. SSG has evolved into a model organization designed to provide services for diverse groups with maximum efficiency and impact. This is achieved by developing and managing programs which serve our many communities by encouraging their involvement and self-sufficiency. SSG believes that the needs of groups and individuals cross traditional ethnic, racial and other cultural boundaries. SSG serves as a bridge between people with common needs to identify ways to pool resources for the greater good of all. [Extend]
A healthy community begins at home. REACH’s mission is to provide quality, affordable housing for individuals, families and communities to thrive. Since 1982, REACH has pioneered affordable housing and supportive programs that address complex challenges facing communities. REACH has gained local, state and national acclaim for innovation and responsiveness to difficult urban issues. Our work began with revitalization efforts in the neighborhoods of inner Southeast Portland, where we bought and renovated single family homes. Thirty years later, our portfolio of over 1,400 units includes new and renovated plexes, apartment buildings and mixed-use developments located across the Portland metropolitan area. Our volunteer-powered home repair program serves senior and disabled ho... [Extend]
Project NIA offers a new way of thinking about crime and violence. We use the principles of participatory community justice – often called restorative or transformative justice – which has been shown to meet the needs of victims, reduce recidivism, and improve satisfaction with the legal system.
Community-based justice models redefine the goals of the criminal legal system to include the prevention of crime as well as community member involvement in addressing crime. We believe that communities are strengthened when local citizens participate in responding to crime, delinquency and violence because they are more likely to tailor responses to the preferences and needs of victims, perpetrators, and their neighbors. [Extend]
A group of passionate and experienced community and economic development leaders representing rural and urban Latino communities gathered to identify their most fundamental challenge: in order to build assets and wealth, community development organizations that serve Latino communities need greater access to capital and technical resources.
NALCAB held its' first national conference in 2003 entitled "Accessing Capital to Create Wealth" in Albuquerque, New Mexico and successfully engaged a national cross section of Latino-led nonprofits and investors. In the years that followed, NALCAB expanded its audience through a series of events and developed an increasingly national membership base, representative of both urban and rural... [Extend]
The Institute for Community Health is a nationally recognized catalyst for sustainable community health improvement, uniting real world practice with academic research. The Institute for Community Health utilizes participatory research and evaluation approaches to generate and disseminate knowledge about public health issues affecting communities. Core to ICH’s approach is the development of long-term partnerships, a commitment to co-learning and capacity building, and a deep appreciation for the diverse experiences, perspectives, values and resources that partners contribute to community health improvement. [Extend]
GBIO was founded by a group of 45 clergy and community leaders who began meeting in January of 1996. What motivated this founding group to begin building GBIO was a common desire to transcend the historic divisions in Boston that existed between neighborhoods, particularly around race and class issues. These founders were motivated to build a new organization which could help build relationships across these divides and provide a new vehicle for different constituencies to act together on common interests in ways which would be powerful and effective. This founding group raised seed money from ten different religious denominations and the first staff organizer was hired in August 1997. In November of 1998, GBIO held its founding assembly attended by some 4000 people from across Greater Bos... [Extend]
The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) is a nonprofit community-based planning and organizing entity rooted in the Roxbury/North Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston. DSNI's approach to neighborhood revitalization is comprehensive including economic, human, physical, and environmental growth. It was formed in 1984 when residents of the Dudley Street area came together out of fear and anger to revive their neighborhood that was devastated by arson, disinvestment, neglect and redlining practices, and protect it from outside speculators. [Extend]