WE BELIEVE

that successful people and neighborhoods overcome effects of systemic racism through equal access to: Education, Economic Prosperity, Health, Power & Influence.

SIX ORGANIZATIONS

A COMMUNITY SUSTAINING AND ADVOCATING FOR ONE ANOTHER TO END SYSTEMIC RACISM.

MISSION

Uplifting historically marginalized communities to a place of greater self sufficiency by unifying communities of color in order to reduce the effects of systemic racism.

VISION

Grand Rapids families and neighborhoods will maximize their full human potential, thus redefining the narrative associated with living in urban communities.

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TRANSFORMATIONAL
LEADERS PROGRAM

Diversity in community leadership produces diversity of thought, which in turn leads to innovative strategies, supports racial equity, and enhances the quality of life for all members of the community. The objective of the TLP program is to create a pipeline of future professional leaders from communities of color who are service oriented and have the capacity to fulfill leadership positions across sectors. These collaborative, innovative, entrepreneurial and transformational leaders will be catalysts for impact by seeking racial equity in all areas of community and growing shared leadership in others to support systemic change.

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StoryTelling

Our Community sharing their hopes, dreams, and Fears

Our community are the experts--here you can find how we are partnering with our residents consultants to address systemic oppression in our communities through education, economic empowerment, leadership development and meaningful relationship building.

Greyci Merida

Resident Consultant Hispanic Center of West Michigan

"I want to live in a community where everyone has access to education. When people are not able to obtain meaningful employment they turn to risky jobs or illegal activity in the neighborhood."

Jashawn ThompsoN

Resident Consultant for the Grand Rapids Urban League

"A healthy community for me means access to good and healthy food on a regular basis. Kids in our neighborhood shouldn’t have to go hungry."

Missy Grice

Resident Consultant of  United Methodist Community House

"Everyone deserves a nice home on a nice street. We should all be able to have guests over to a nice  home."

Fred Lane

Resident Consultant of United Methodist Community House

"Addressing the profiling from the police towards black folks forme is important. We deserve a positive police presence too."

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COMMUNITY UpDates

LATEST Events and News
8/20/19
Event

TLP Informational Session

Mark your calendars for this informational session for folks interested in applying to the 2019 - 2020 session of Transformational Leaders Program.

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7/28/19
Event

Community Block Party

Leaders from the 2019 Class of TLP are sponsoring a *FREE* Community Block Party at Garfield Park from 12-4 pm.

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