HOPE’s resident engagement is a key element of our work, differentiating our collaborative from other policy advocacy efforts. Resident leaders offer on-going feedback and accountability for HOPE’s policy and systems change work. HOPE offers residents opportunities for growth and leadership as part of a larger community capacity-building effort that seeks to influence and shift the power map of Oakland’s policy-making process.
HOPE’s Project Leader process aims to be a vehicle for residents to build their capacity to take leadership in the collaborative, in their communities, and in the broader policy-making arena. Additionally, this process is grounded in the vision that leadership development and capacity-building will create the necessary conditions for increased economic and civic community ownership.
Additional objectives are to:
- Sustain the development and leadership of existing community leaders of HOPE.
- Recruit new participants to expand the group of existing Community Leaders.
- Train all members as Project Leaders who carry out HOPE’s mission and vision.
- Support complete projects planned, executed and evaluated by Project Leaders.
- Build leadership of Project Leaders through work at HOPE and other organizational partners.
- Define opportunities for continued community leadership.