Black-Led Social Change

Encompassing organizations, ideas and strategies led by individuals who identify as Black and aim to build power and positive outcomes within the population.

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WHAT IS BLACK-LED SOCIAL CHANGE?

Black-Led Social Change encompasses organizations, ideas and strategies led by individuals who identify as Black, and that aim to build power and positive outcomes within the population. Recognizing poverty disproportionately impacts Black families, this initiative increases the investment of time, talent and treasure in community-based, Black-Led ideas addressing poverty.

We believe by investing in more Black-Led ideas and strategies, we can:

  1. Diversify solutions and thought leadership in United Way's work.

  2. Better understand the unique strengths, opportunities and challenges within communities.

  3. Collaborate on strategies that reduce racial disparities in outcomes.

Currently, there are two programs under the Black-Led Social Change initiative: Champions of Change (below) and Black Empowerment Works.


2019-2020 CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE

Thank you to the hard work and dedication of our first class of Champions: Retina Carter, Marquavius "Marq" Casey, Kendra Davis, Edita Dolan-Mayo, Alexis Trotter, Jalisa Harris, Reginald Harris, Terri Hurdle, Ronald Jackson II, Julius Jenkins, Chris Macklin, Rashida Manuel, and Jeremy Smith.


INTERESTED IN BEING A CHAMPION OF CHANGE?

We are not yet accepting applications for the upcoming Champions of Change class. Interested in receiving updates when the next application opens? Send an email to black-led@uwgc.org with "Interested in Champions of Change" in the subject line.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR BLACK EMPOWERMENT WORKS

We are proud to announce that we've selected our 2021-2022 class of our Black Empowerment Works Program.

For more information about the processes, qualifications and how the program works, please visit www.uwgc.org/bewapply.



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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR BLACK EMPOWERMENT WORKS

Black Empowerment Works promotes Black self-determination, social mobility and economic prosperity by resourcing and funding grassroots-generated, Black-led ideas, programs and projects.

APPLY NOW



For more information, contact:

Jena Bradley

Senior Manager, Community Impact 513-762-7118 | black-led@uwgc.org Email

Jena joined the United Way of Greater Cincinnati in 2014 and her passion exists at the intersection of public good, storytelling, and reallocating power. She believes that everyone has the ability to create positive change, but not everyone has equal access to the resources to do it; she wants to help change that. For questions about the Black Led Social change program and any subsidiaries, email her at black-led@uwgc.org or call 513-762-7118.

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