APANO Voter Organizing, Training & Empowerment (VOTE) Network
Lead Organization: Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
APANO’s VOTE (Voter Organizing, Training & Empowerment) Network is a forum for Asian & Pacific Islander organizations to understand community needs, increase cooperation, and build power to improve the lives of Oregon’s 250,000 Asian and Pacific Islanders. Their work is focused on deep, culturally specific and multilingual electoral civic engagement, and statewide legislative and policy advocacy campaigns. The VOTE Network provides leadership training, fundraising and policy development, as well as provides resources and referrals for organizational development. Long-term, VOTE envisions stronger individual and collective community capacity to engage in the social, political and economic decisions that affect children and families.
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Eastern Oregon Latino Alliance for Children and Families
Lead Organization: EUVALCREE
Geography: Malheur County
Latinos comprise almost 40% of the total population in Malheur County and 75% in the Ontario School District, but few are in leadership or decision-making positions. EUVALCREE seeks to build the leadership capacity and political advocacy of Latinos in their region. They will also engage with agencies and service providers to address cultural gaps between organizations and Latino community members. In the near future, EUVALCREE will establish a c4 branch of their organization to prepare candidates to run for office. This work is dedicated to giving a voice to community members who have never had one.
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Healthy Communities, Healthy Futures
Lead Organization: Healthy Living Collaborative (HLC) of Southwest Washington
Geography: Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Skamania counties
Healthy Living Collaborative focuses on upstream and community-based initiatives that support the health and wellness of communities in southwest Washington. Their commitment to community engagement launched a peer, neighborhood-based Community Health Worker network. These CHWs are local leaders that support their families, friends and neighbors while also providing feedback to services about the barriers and opportunities that exist in the community. The HLC advocates at the organizational, local, regional and state levels for policies that will have the greatest impact on health equity. They also hosting social justice trainings and are developing an equity action plan.
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Immigrant and Refugee Engage Project
Lead Organization: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
Geography: Portland metro region, as well as Clark, Marion, Hood River and Yamhill counties
This Collaborative is the joint effort between three HB+HC Organizing Grant communities: Africa House, Asian Family Center and the Slavic Network of Oregon. The work of the collaborative centers around the Portland metro region, but also seeks to engage immigrant and refugee communities across the region in counties such as Clark, Marion, Hood River and Yamhill. IRCO will create a Multiethnic Advisory Group (MAG) to bring together the different communities within IRCO. This MAG will connect with regional, institutional and governmental partners, engage community members in storytelling, advocacy and Popular Education to build leaders.
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Successful Transitions: Integrated Care for Children, Youth, and their Families
Lead Organization: Jefferson Regional Health Alliance
Geography: Jackson and Josephine counties
Successful Transitions is a Collaborative of health, education, workforce development, early learning and youth development organizations working together to empower Latino early learners, students and their families. While there is an extensive network of parent leadership groups in school-based Migrant Education programs, the Successful Transitions Collaborative seeks to increase the power and influence of these groups, and to integrate their role into regional systems. The project will expand parent leadership, reach and impact by linking school-based Parent Advisory Councils with parents from community-based early learning programs. Together they will develop priorities and build a common understanding to improve outcomes in childhood. Key Partners include: Southern Oregon Success, Southern Oregon Education Service District, Migrant Education, Project Listo, Southern Oregon Early Learning Services/Hub and Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon.
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Let's Talk Diversity Coalition
Lead Organization: Let's Talk Diversity Coalition
Geography: Jefferson County
Let's Talk Diversity Coalition uses the strength of its partnerships with local and regional organizations to create inclusive conversations to empower the community. Activities include diversity and cultural competency training for community and organizational partners, resources to support immigrants, working with educational partners on increasing college and career readiness, and working with local organizations to develop policies that will improve health equity, access and civic engagement of underrepresented populations.
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Voz de la comunidad
Lead Organization: Lower Columbia Hispanic Council
Geography: Clatsop County
Lower Columbia Hispanic Council seeks to strengthen the capacity of La Voz de la Comunidad community advisory council to guide the strategic direction and advocacy goals of their Collaborative. They also plan to identify community candidates for leadership training and development, and engage local elected officials to discuss their policy priorities.
Youth Equity Collaborative
Lead Organization: Momentum Alliance
Geography: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Clark and Marion counties
This Collaborative will align youth organizations centered on leadership development with the ultimate goal of better outcomes for children, youth and families. Momentum Alliance and partners will improve child and community outcomes by developing young people’s individual and collective capacity to advocate, organize and shift policy and systems on intersecting issues that impact children, from reproductive health, housing, education and immigration to health care and the environment.
Racial Equity Agenda
Lead Organization: Coalition of Communities of Color
Coalition of Communities of Color, Native American Youth & Family Center, Latino Network, Unite Oregon, Urban League of Portland, KairosPDX, Causa Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Hacienda CDC, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization and Self Enhancement Inc. (S.E.I.) are collaborating to develop a racial equity narrative, empower advocates and develop leaders in communities of color, and develop a 501c4 campaign team. Our combined culturally specific and mainstream organizations will focus on representing the voices of youth, families and Elders of Native Americans, Latinos, and African Americans living in Multnomah County.
Lead Organization: Pineros Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
Geography: Marion and Polk counties
PCUN seeks to engage in community organizing and leadership development around upcoming policies that will significantly impact immigrant families (e.g. E-Verify, driver's license, DAPA/DACA), as well as supporting Latino candidates for several local elections.
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