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INRC, through facilitation, training and coaching, strengthens the capacity of neighborhood-based organizations and neighbors to mobilize existing assets, support grassroots leadership and foster collaboration.
INRC seeks to highlight each community’s strengths, and most importantly, provide a structure for transformation based on those strengths. What makes INRC unique is our conviction that citizens are at the core of sustainable community development.
INRC provides training, support and a variety of programs to help grassroots neighborhood organizations and neighbors address issues that affect the quality of life in their neighborhoods. By building upon their talents, working with neighbors and partners, and assuming a leadership role in their own community, residents are transforming the city of Indianapolis, block by block.
AmeriCorps Public Allies Indianapolishttp://www.inrc.org/public-allies
Public Allies Indianapolis is a partnership between INRC and Public Allies, a national movement grounded in the conviction that “Everyone leads.” Public Allies believes that everyone has leadership potential and assets to contribute towards making a difference in their community. INRC’s focus on developing leaders from within the Indianapolis community makes Public Allies an ideal partner for INRC.
There are many energetic, talented young people who want to address critical issues in their communities, and many organizations and communities who could benefit from their contributions. Public Allies recruits, trains, and supports diverse young leaders preparing them for community leadership on pressing public issues. Public Allies’ asset-based approach to leadership creates pathways for young people to engage in their communities, and has helped communities and organizations tap the energy, passion, and perspectives of a new generation.
INRC’s focus on developing community assets, encouraging diverse indigenous leadership, promoting collaboration, facilitating learning, and serving with integrity create the foundation for the Public Allies Indianapolis program. Since 2009, Public Allies Indianapolis has developed young leaders to make a difference in Indianapolis neighborhoods. Our young leaders, Allies, are diverse and passionate social change makers who support community projects in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. Public Allies Indianapolis has developed 120 young leaders who have contributed 204,000 hours of service to Indianapolis-based nonprofits. Their service hours have led to the creation, expansion, and improvement of vital community services.
Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI)http://www.inrc.org/icbi
Leadership development is critical to mobilizing residents to affect change in their own neighborhoods and across neighborhoods. The Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI) is a leadership development program designed for grassroots community leaders. ICBI is a series of workshops focusing on the skills needed to build and grow dynamic neighborhoods.
ICBI transfers community building skills while providing space where Indianapolis neighbors can connect, realizing and acting on their passions for change. Not only does our training engage the strengths of others, it also builds communities of practice that produce a ripple effect across communities.
Neighbor Power is an interactive and educational annual conference that advances the cause of community-led comprehensive community development in Indianapolis. Neighbor Power provides an opportunity for residents, community leaders, decision makers, funders, and other stakeholders to engage with and learn from each other about what they do and why it’s important.’ This gathering features various community leaders sharing best practices of community revitalization, and allows attendees an opportunity to network and connect across neighborhoods.
- Bring organizations and individuals together intentionally to foster resident leadership and neighborhood collaboration.
- Highlight and share the successes of citizen-led development across Indianapolis.
- Build year-round networks and affinity groups for similar community interests.
- Continue to share the elements of a comprehensive approach to community development.
- Recognize and reward people in community development and attract more who want to do this work.