This quarter, I was able to help organize a group of more than 13 African-based agencies into an alliance to work together to improve the capacity of their individual organizations. Currently, these organizations collaborate through a series of workshops aimed at teaching African residents of King County the importance of being involved in civic institutions (e.g. their local PTA or Neighborhood Watch groups) and participating in public activities that support community development (e.g. neighborhood clean-ups and community forums). After one of our more recent planning meetings, an Executive Director of one of the organizations told me that this collaborative effort would never have occurred without my assistance and that my work made him want to encourage college graduates from his community to become AmeriCorps VISTA members.
John: Forming Alliances