Investing in Capacity —
The Community Building Initiative (CBI) is a unique approach to promoting community health and safety.
It is not focused on a particular issue or problem. It is guided by a set of explicit values and driven by model focused on building community cohesion, skills, and relationships that enable a community to address a issue of interest through collective action. This learning agenda builds sustainable community power. CBI’s goal is that communities continue to address upstream issues long after the grant period has ended.
The CBI Power Building Academy
It is helpful to think of CBI as a “Community Power-Building Academy.” A practical field course on how to work together effectively to make change. Neighborhoods who participate in the “Academy” will:
CBI knows that all communities have inherent skills, knowledge, experience, insight, and leadership. CBI enhances existing capacities and builds the ability of neighbors to work together on issues of shared concern. It is a stepwise process that includes: