Trusted Messenger

Overview
This program is designed to create community-based teams of trusted messengers to act as liaisons between the OFOV campaign and target communities. The liaisons would meet with CLSJ as community reps to discuss concerns, findings, and practical strategies for action as they relate to the needs identified within their communities. Community members would then meet collectively with other messengers from other target communities to discuss common strategies, concerns, and findings as they relate to community needs in order to build the foundation for wider grassroots coalitions between communities. This program would be an opportunity for leadership development/training among a wider audience of community members that will help nurture political power within NYC communities of African descent. This program would also help amplify our campaign efforts by forming a direct line of connection with community members interested in community advocacy and involvement with CLSJ as volunteers.

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Youth Corps

Overview
This program is designed to create a standing council/team of invested youth of African descent that meets regularly to discuss the goals, philosophy, & impact of the OFOV Campaign in the communities that we are aiming to serve. Youth Corps members would help to participate and help plan campaign programming within their local neighborhoods to allow us to provide more effective community outreach & engagement. This program would also serve as a type of leadership development/training venue that helps to build a foundation for youth to grow into political leadership by teaching basic tactics for community organizing, outreach, engagement and education. This program is meant to empower youth with a space to make their voices heard and to encourage them to take action & pursue leadership through civic participation via the knowledge, platform, and resources offered by CLSJ.

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