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.
Grand Rapids families and neighborhoods will maximize their full human potential, thus redefining the narrative associated with living in urban communities.
The Transformational Leaders Program (TLP) is a unique eight-month training program designed to advance a pipeline of African-American and Latinx leaders within Grand Rapids. The program’s objective is to help emerging and existing difference-makers develop the hard and soft skills needed to promote racial equity. TLP leaders are radically changing the landscape of community as influencers in the public, private, and nonprofit sector, as well as in grassroots movements, civic and voluntary board service, and as residents of metro Grand Rapids.
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.
"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."
"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."
"Everyone deserves a nice home on a nice street. We should all be able to have guests over to a nice home."
"Addressing the profiling from the police towards black folks forme is important. We deserve a positive police presence too."
We are accepting applications for the 2020 - 2021 TLP cohort from 8/3 - 8/24. All application materials are available on our website. None of the electronic application forms may be saved and all must be completed in one session. We've provided an overview of the applications forms and questions to help you prepare.