“When you look at the mural program, you have different people having to negotiate, having to problem solve, having to figure out what is going to be the center of the image, where are we going to place it…so they run it. They come up with the ideas, so when we sit down, they come up with the curriculum, they come up with the agenda, they order the paint, they go to the businesses. The fact that I’m standing here, and not doing anything, and that they’re doing the work is a testament to what we talk about in terms of building and developing leadership.”
People coming together to create the future of their neighborhoods.
Community celebration at Hope. Photo: Bruce Silcox
The Future is in the People
Hope’s work creates an environment with multiple opportunities – we call them entry points – where people can engage around their interests. What started out as a few programs 10 years ago is now a systematic approach to engaging people in opportunities to build more power for themselves and for their community.
Building Community: What it Takes
• Listen and then engage people around their interests: recognize culture
• Diverse staff build multi-cultural relationships
• People build on strengths and develop their leadership and ownership
• People build networks and connections is core
Our Community Engagement work impacts the broader community, not just Hope tenants, and is at the core of our community revitalization mission. This work is accomplished with a multitude of formal and informal partnerships, connections and networks.