The Faith & Community Based Initiative
The Institute works in collaboration with faith-based and community organizations to improve the quality of life in all communities, regardless of its state of distress. We believe that by empowering the citizens to make change, the overall community will be transformed to reflect their pride.
Faith-based and community organizations possess the human, physical, technical, and financial resources needed to support and implement both small and large-scale initiatives. ILLLWI understands that the faith-based community can undertake these actions in a very cost-effective manner due to their ability to leverage volunteer and other resources with minimal effort. It is critical to involve faith-based groups in community efforts-for the sake of society and of the groups themselves.
Even difficult ethical issues raised by certain strategies can be resolved sufficiently to allow collaboration and compromise if addressed openly and with mutual respect. Some of the tensions inherent in collaboration among diverse groups can be diffused-and cooperation fostered-by agreeing to limit the range of cooperation to the issue at hand and to set aside other areas of disagreement.
We work with local organizations by leveraging community resources to create opportunities for everyone. The results of our local partnerships are immeasurable. Our number one goal is is to provide a means for a happy, productive life – not just for your community, but nationwide.
Grass root Initiatives
We encourage community groups to develop programs that will benefit themselves. By exhibiting our own innovative and creative solutions, we strive to teach the skills we find so necessary to our teams to local residents and organizers so that they may begin to take charge of their own community initiatives.
It takes a joint effort to revitalize a community. Our programs go beyond the individual to include the family at large. Improving urban communities requires a multi-faceted approach; Strategies seek to improve the education, health and professional development of the individual and community at large.
Many or our members hail from urban communities, which gives us first hand knowledge and experience that can not be learned or taught. Having lived and learned in the very same cities we seek to improve and support gives us a passionate drive to meet our goals. By working in partnership with K-12 schools, our members are able to pass on the experiences they gained in their lives to the young people representing the next great generation of community leaders. Children need role models, and who better than someone from their same background who went on to meet their educational goals and find themselves gainfully employed in a professionally and personally fulfilling career.
The Institute for Life-Long Learning & Workforce Innovation, Inc. focuses on holistic community revitalization efforts. Meet a high standard of fiscal integrity and service performance to assist local residents in developing leadership, improving their neighborhoods, securing decent and affordable housing. The guiding principles of the Community Development Corporation is to:
- Employ a holistic approach in moving residents toward self-sufficiency
- Create a continuum of innovative public/private partnerships to maximize the use of community resources
- Use the talents and skills of the residents to build economically strong communities
- Assist residents in meeting and exceeding their expectations for strengthening the family unit
- Use state-of-the-art technology to enhance the quality of life within their communities
- Improve the health and well being of all residents of the community
- Provide a guidance for homeownership of low-income to moderate income residents
- Provide rental assistance counseling
- Provide energy efficiency literature
Capacity development in the catalyst for community revitalization for the ILLLWI and it includes six components:
- Human capital: This involves the development of human skills capacity, and the effective use of managerial, professional and technical staff, and volunteers. It includes identifying the right people to be trained; developing and delivering training strategies that are responsive to the needs of the target audience; providing an appropriate learning environment for training and education; ensuring in-service/field supervision for continued skills transfer; and longer term mentoring for directional, emotional and moral support.
Organizations and their management: This addresses how organizations, their culture and management styles influence the use, efficiency and retention of skilled human resources.
- Public sector institutional context: This looks at how the policy and institutional environment affect civil service and government operations, and the spillover effect in the private and non-profit sectors. It includes the roles and responsibilities of different sectors in the context of decentralization, for example, as well as laws and regulations that affect hiring, promotion, and remuneration policies.
- Networks and linkages: This includes multi-sectoral alliances and networks of the public and private sectors to optimize resources and broaden the coverage of actions.
- Social capital and community participation: Social capital refers to the processes between people that establish networks, norms and social trust; fostering cooperation and coordination for the mutual benefit of all parties. Community organization and participation promotes complementary actions designed to strengthen social accountability and advocacy systems.
- Contextual environment: This refers to the socioeconomic, cultural and political settings that facilitate or constrain the functional capacity of individuals and organizations
The effects of pollution are evident all around us. While much of the world’s pollution stems from the burning of fuels, waste disposal is steadily rising as one of the leading dangers to our environment. Most urban communities are not equipped with proper waste management facilities and its residents are not educated in proper pollution prevention techniques.
We have programs aimed at educating communities on the importance of conserving the environment. We work in collaboration with community coordinators who posses a wealth of experience and knowledge to create and deliver premium educational and consulting experiences, developing interpersonal relationships that are focused toward the common goal of improving urban communities.
Conserving the environment is everyone’s responsibility. We have developed environmental programs that target students in K-12 schools. This training is designed to address modern environmental challenges and how to deal with them.
We offer an avenue and a forum through which the students can provide solutions to environmental problems present in the community. Apart from working in collaboration with students on the importance of environmentally responsibility, we also offer training to the community at large.
Living in a clean environment and minimizing energy consumption is one way of revitalizing a distressed urban community. We help communities stay happy and healthy by providing energy conservation and waste management programs that proven to produce results! By working in conjunction with communities, we are able to identify the major environmental issues they face, and initiate programs accordingly.
The Health & Wellness
The statistics concerning the health of minorities in America are staggering. Minority men are nearly twice as likely to die from cancer as the general population. Minority babies are twice as likely as white babies to die before their first birthday. Minority males ages fifteen to twenty-four years old experience a homicide rate 700 percent higher than that for white males in the same age group. The rate of HIV infections among blacks is more than triple that among whites. These startling statistics lay the foundation for the Institute for Life-Long Learning & Workforce Innovation’s health and wellness platform:
(1) The creation of expanded health care options, knowledge building, and consciousness raising to empower
(2) Educating community groups about the diverse perspectives and issues that promote health
prevention and a framework for understanding and transforming the health care outcomes of
African Americans and other minority groups.
(3) Promote community-building initiatives that strengthens minority families through building
social competence and building social capital.
(4) Providing prevention and intervention counseling for coping with violence and the related
stress of minority families.
(5) Providing early parenthood training for teenage minority parents, ESL, or parents who have
been sanctioned by the courts to attend parenting sessions.
(6) Through collaboration with health professionals, the ILLLWI screens minority groups and
provide health related education around: epidemiology, etiology, evaluation, female factors,
male factors, and other quality of life factors.
(7) Address the health care needs of elderly minority groups, gerontology: from frail to well.
(8) Education, prevention and treatment of HIV & AIDS with particular attention to Black males
and females, and Latino males and females who have contracted HIV/AIDS.
(9) Collaborative programming with the Black churches and other faith-based groups.
(10) Augment traditional health care through mutual assistance groups for families.
(11) Advocate political agendas that support systems change for minority health initiatives.
Volunteerism and Service
The Institute for Life-Long Learning & Workforce Innovation is an organization that seeks to link families, communities and schools by making use of the vast talent and resources in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. One of the ways through which we achieve this is encouraging and organizing volunteer services. This project seeks to foster collaboration between youth and adults in conjunction with government, local businesses, not-for-profit organizations and other community groups.
Volunteering is one of the cornerstones of ‘The Institute for Life-Long Learning & Workforce Innovation; we feel that in order to revitalize community efforts each individual has to play their part. All community members must work together if there is to be improvements in our neighborhoods. These programs are open to citizens of all ages and expertise.
Volunteer services extend benefits, not only to the community at large, but also to the individuals giving their time. To the community, the benefits include better school systems and improved resident relations. The major benefits are extended to the individual; Volunteers experience new things and meet new people, develop self-esteem and self-confidence interacting with different types of people. They get the opportunity to share skills and acquire new ones.
Perhaps the most important factor is that our volunteers being to understand their value to their community as they see their contributions in effect. Volunteering is also a great way to add to a professional resume and make new business contacts. Above all, residents leave with the satisfaction that they have not only served their community but their country as well.