ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE

WE BELIEVE THAT SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE AND NEIGHBORHOODS OVERCOME THE EFFECTS OF SYSTEMIC RACISM THROUGH EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION, ECONOMIC PROSPERITY, HEALTH AND POWER AND INFLUENCE.

Vision

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

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.

Sustainable Communities

We believe that in order to achieve our mission it is imperative that UCC organization’s have access to resources needed to build and maintain their work to support residents of urban communities.

Engaged Communities

We understand that in order to shift the narrative for people of color who reside in our urban communities, our community must be engaged and invested.

Emerging Communities

We know that by supporting emerging leaders of color to achieve their true potential, our community can be transformed by their leadership and wisdom.

The Urban Core Collective

The members of our collective are