RVC recruits 10 emerging leaders from diverse communities of color each year; provides training, support, and mentorship to these emerging leaders to further develop their leadership capacity and knowledge of non-profit management, capacity building and working with community dynamics; and places them to work full-time in grassroots and very impactful communities-of-color-led nonprofits to develop the organizations' capacity so that all communities can effect systemic change.
Communities of color struggle to be heard on almost every important community issue. Nonprofit staff from these communities, especially those who are focused on advocacy and systems-change work, are few, as there are not many pipelines to develop these leaders. If we want the voices of communities of colors at the tables addressing issues that affect us the most, then we must invest in developing strong leaders from within our communities.
Through the project, emerging leaders gains leadership, community development, and professional skills, while helping nonprofits to build critical infrastructure to provide services as well as to be engaged at the systems level. In this way, capacity and impact of nonprofits is strengthened, leadership from within the communities is deepened and supported for the long term, and all communities will be involved in advocacy and other areas of civic engagement to effect change.
RVC will ensure that: 1. Communities of color are better served through direct services because of stronger organizations within the communities 2. Communities of color are equally represented, engaged and influential in broader shared efforts such as those to address systems change in education equity and economic development 3. There is stronger and more sustainable leadership in communities of color and communities-of-color-led organizations.