2017 Neighbor Power: Year in Review

2017 Neighbor Power: Year in Review

For those of you who don’t know us, we are an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) organization that trains, coaches and financially supports youth and adult leaders working to bring about positive changes in their neighborhoods. During the upcoming campaign, we want to highlight the neighbor powered development taking place in the Historic Brookland Park area.  Through prior listening projects, residents identified crime, a lack of social trust, youth unemployment and blight along the commercial corridor as the key issues facing their community. Last year, our faithful donors gave $15,000 during our 2016 Young Heroes campaign to expand our youth development efforts into a year-round program called Young Leaders in the Brookland Park area. These donations were generously matched by Financial Consultants of America enabling us to reach our goal of $30,000.   To keep the momentum going in Brookland Park, we need your support to reach our 2017 goal of $30,000. To help us achieve this goal, our faithful supporters from Financial Consultants of America are once again offering to match dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000 in gifts received from this campaign. If you share our belief that great neighbors make neighborhoods great, please donate during our Neighbor Power Campaign. The majority of the action teams and initiatives listed below were started over the past year and would not have been possible without your faithful support. Remember to keep up with our #ABCD happenings by “like-ing” and following our Embrace Richmond page on Facebook. Comprehensive list of initiatives and programs:   Brookland Park Young Leaders Project: Helps older youth advance toward college and a career by providing paid internship opportunities in their own neighborhood.  This program is coordinated by resident leader: Kevin Starlings.  Youth Development Steering Team: Launched in 2017 Action team leaders and partner organizations work together to expand opportunities for youth.   Young Leaders Club: Launched in 2017 Provides youth with paid internship opportunities, adult mentorship, and peer to peer support as they assume pivotal roles in strengthening their own neighborhood(s). Community Listening Projects:  Youth are paid...