CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE
WHAT IS CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE?
Champions of Change is a one-year leadership and design program. The program aims to bring together community leaders with diverse backgrounds, skills and perspectives who are driven to advance Black-Led ideas/ efforts that reduce poverty and promote wealth-building opportunities in the Black community.
Simply put, Champions will be in the driver seat to test a new way for United Way to invest in and support communities. With support and resources from United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) and Design Impact, Champions will design and run a process to provide grants and other supports to promising Black-Led ideas / organizations that reduce poverty and build wealth in the Black community. To do this, Champions will take part in a series of experiences where they will learn alongside grassroots leaders and other experts, build on knowledge and skills about grantmaking, and use their collective knowledge and networks to create an impactful new model.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
We’re looking for people who:
- Are looking to bring their whole selves to the work – experiences, skills, passions, etc.;
- Bring their own perspective to the table, and can also respect and value others;
- Are open to challenging themselves and their assumptions;
- Believe that while change doesn’t happen overnight, there’s plenty we can do to build a better future today;
- Are creative problem-solvers, and see opportunities where others might only see roadblocks; and
- Want to get their hands dirty and don’t back down from tough issues.
We’re looking for Bridge Builders. Problem Solvers. Creatives. Divergent Thinkers. Visionaries. Doers. Collaborators.
We believe that Champions come from all walks of life, and represent diversity in age, gender, income, education level, life experiences, abilities, and more.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO BEING A PART OF THIS GROUP?
Participants will have the opportunity to:
- Network with similarly-passionate members of the community;
- Design and execute a grants project in a very hands-on way;
- Learn from and provide support to changemakers in the community;
- Provide leadership to UWGC on future efforts around community engagement and impact;
- Build relationships and connections to UWGC
WHY IS THIS WORK IMPORTANT?
UWGC believes in creating a community where everyone has an opportunity to thrive. Poverty undermines that opportunity for more than 600,000 people in our region. While poverty is pervasive, African Americans/Black people experience poverty at higher rates than other racial groups (1 in 3 families); at the same time, we have seen an underinvestment in solutions and ideas that are led by African Americans/Black people and rooted in communities. If successful, the work of Champions of Change will support United Way and the broader community in:
- Responding to a greater diversity of solutions and thought leadership into the work;
- Gaining a better understanding of unique strengths, opportunities, and challenges;
- Collaborating on strategies that work to decrease gaps in outcomes by race
For more details, read the 2018 Black-Led Social Change report.
MORE ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
Champions can expect to spend about eight hours per month on this project in a mix of group sessions, meetings and work time. Specific meeting times will be set based on the schedules of selected participants other than the first meeting, which will take place on the afternoon of May 16. If you are interested in applying, please block off this time on your calendar. UWGC is committed to addressing barriers to individual participation, so if you feel like this opportunity aligns well to your passions and skills, we urge you to apply.
April 8 – Application Opens
April 18 – Information Session, 6-7:30PM Avondale Branch library (3566 Reading Rd)
April 29 – Application Closes
May 6 – Finalists Selected
May 7, 8 & 9 – Phone Conversations with Finalists
May 10 – Champions of Change 2019 Participants Selected
May 16 – Champions of Change First Meeting
May 2020 – Celebration
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jena Bradley at 513-762-7118.
To apply via mobile phone, text “CoC” to 51555
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