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Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods

Vision: NBN seeks to strengthen neighborhoods in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County NC by supporting a wide range of community-based initiatives. NBN believes that long term change in communities only happens when residents participate in creating solutions.

Impact: Through the ‘Organizers Circle’, and the ‘Neighborhood Network’, community members and organizers connect with one another, attend biweekly tutorials, workshops, and community potlucks. The Neighborhood Network currently has over 200 members, who have helped to build the capacity of many local businesses.

TheGreensboro Mural Project

Vision: The Greensboro Mural Project is an arts organization that engages the people of Greensboro in the process of creating murals through dialogue across the community. The Greensboro Mural Project uses public art as a tool to communicate, record history, and make Greensboro more beautiful.

Impact: The Greensboro Mural Project has painted a handful of large-scale murals across the city of Greensboro rooted in bringing to fruition visions of a more just, equitable, and peaceful community. Currently, the Greensboro Mural Project is a part of an art residency at Revolution Mill, in Greensboro along with other local artists.

Beloved Community Center of Greensboro

Vision: Drawing from the life and work of movement social leaders, the BCC’s connection to the social justice movement started long before it’s official founding 20 years ago. Through community building, community organizing, advocacy and other forms of coalition building, the BCC continues to work towards building a “Beloved Community.”

Impact: Through various initiatives including the ‘Civic Engagement and Democratic Justice’ program, the ‘Poor People’s campaign’ and the ‘National Council of Elders’ the BCC mobilizes across Greensboro for and with working class people, people of color, and other historically marginalized groups, whose leadership and voices has been sidelined.

North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Vision: NCCASA is a statewide alliance working to end sexual violence through education, advocacy, and legislation. NCCASA provides support, information, advocacy, and education for North Carolina’s rape crisis programs, college campuses, organizations, and individual members. NCCASA also remains a legislative change agent.

Impact: Through annual conferences and trainings, legal and policy work, and a host of ‘Domestic Violence Service Providers,’ NCCASA engages and supports survivors, advocates, and allies across North Carolina in a multitude of ways.

Blueprint NC

Vision: Blueprint believes in a state in which every person can achieve their true potential and in which every community can thrive… where people and neighborhoods are safe, healthy and just. Blueprint seeks to address racial injustice, the massive gap between the richest and poorest, and the privatization of public resources for private financial gain.

Impact: Blueprint provides opportunities for training, resource sharing and convening for partner organizations that use civic engagement and education to advocate for a healthy democracy that works to remove barriers and to provide the resources communities need to achieve opportunity, security and well-being.

SpiritHouse

Vision: SpiritHouse is a multigenerational Black women-led cultural organization, who use art, culture and media to support the empowerment and transformation for the most systemically marginalized communities. Spirit House works to uncover and uproot the systemic barriers that prevent communities from gaining the resources, leverage and capacity necessary for long-term self-sufficiency.

Impact: Through transformative justice trainings, ban the box campaigns, the ‘Fostering Alternatives to Drug Enforcement” coalition, and through intentional healing and mourning process, SpiritHouse organizes locally within North Carolina, and connects its work to national justice movements, with shared visions of equity and liberation.

Southerners on New Ground

Vision: SONG envisions a sustainable South that embodies the best of its freedom traditions and works towards the transformation of our economic, social, spiritual, and political relationships. SONG envisions a multi-issue southern justice movement. that unites us across class, age, race, ability, gender, immigration status, and sexuality. Song is committed to recognizing collective humanity.

Impact: SONG develops leadership, builds their membership base, and identifies and carries out community organizing projects and campaigns. All of SONG’s work strives to bring together marginalized communities to work towards justice and liberation for all people.

Youth Organizing Institute

Vision: YOI is a popular education leadership development program dedicated to empowering the lives and experiences of young people. “YOI envisions a world that Ella Baker worked for. In her words: “The older I get the better I know that the secret of my going on… Is when the reins are in the hands of the young, who dare to run against the storm.”

Impact: YOI supports young organizers and movement building through three main initiatives. YOI’s training fellowship supports leadership development course. The Summer Freedom School focuses on developing organizing praxis. Lastly, YOI launched ‘Solutions Not Suspensions’ and fought for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions for Level 1 offenses.

IgniteNC

Vision: Ignite NC is a statewide coalition of youth organizers, mobilizing around multi-issue campaigns rooted in justice and equity. Through their fellowship program, IgniteNC organizes summits and workshops, to cultivate young leaders through skill building, collective leadership, and through building a shared, intersectional analysis around power, liberation, and oppression.

Impact: Since the start of March 2018, IgniteNC has held an “Activist Academy” connecting over forty young organizers in Greensboro, as well as a basebuilding and videography training, equipping young organizers with a multitude of tools and connections. Since its founding, IgniteNC has trained over 150 young people in its Fellows Program.