Lyndale Women's Leadership Program

Mark Hinds
by Mark Hinds | Aug 31, 2010
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Summary:

Through our inclusive organizing work with the Latino and Somali communities, the two largest immigrant and refugee communities in Lyndale, we have worked with some amazing women who have strong leadership qualities, but who have not had the access to educational opportunities they need to nurture and develop into strong community leaders.

Our idea is that the best way to address racism in our community is through education and leadership skill development. LNA believes racism in our community is often rooted in a lack of understanding that often takes place between policy makers and community leaders who are creating public policy and people of color who are the end recipients of the policies being made. A core component of LNA’s operating philosophy is that LNA’s work to actively engage all of Lyndale’s community members in shaping their community’s future will help to reduce the effects of racism by creating new groups of community leaders. The Lyndale Women’s Leadership Program will help develop this new group of community leaders.

The Women’s Leadership Program is designed around a self-directed, action-learning model that will help participants increase their individual skills and learn how to work together as a team as they apply these skills in addressing a community issue of their choice. This program will empower the participants to be the change they want to see in the community, to have the skills and knowledge to advocate for themselves, their families, and the community at large.

About You

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About You

First Name

Mark

Last Name

Hinds

Title

Executive Director

Organization

Lyndale Neighborhood Association

Country

United States, MN, Hennepin County

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Lyndale Neighborhood Association

Organization Email

Organization Website

Organization Phone

612.824.9402

Organization Address

3537 Nicollet Avenue

Organization City

Minneapolis

Organization Zipcode

55408

Brief description of your organization

The Lyndale Neighborhood Association is a community member led organization whose mission is to be a diverse community driven organization that brings people together to work on common issues and opportunities to ensure all community members have the opportunity to live, work, and play in a safe, vibrant, and sustainable community.

Organization Country

United States, MN, Hennepin County

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Your idea

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Name your project

Lyndale Women's Leadership Program

Country your work focuses on

United States, MN, Hennepin County

Describe your project. Explain the extent to which it mitigates the effects of racism

Through our inclusive organizing work with the Latino and Somali communities, the two largest immigrant and refugee communities in Lyndale, we have worked with some amazing women who have strong leadership qualities, but who have not had the access to educational opportunities they need to nurture and develop into strong community leaders.
Our idea is that the best way to address racism in our community is through education and leadership skill development. LNA believes racism in our community is often rooted in a lack of understanding that often takes place between policy makers and community leaders who are creating public policy and people of color who are the end recipients of the policies being made. A core component of LNA’s operating philosophy is that LNA’s work to actively engage all of Lyndale’s community members in shaping their community’s future will help to reduce the effects of racism by creating new groups of community leaders. The Lyndale Women’s Leadership Program will help develop this new group of community leaders.
The Women’s Leadership Program is designed around a self-directed, action-learning model that will help participants increase their individual skills and learn how to work together as a team as they apply these skills in addressing a community issue of their choice. This program will empower the participants to be the change they want to see in the community, to have the skills and knowledge to advocate for themselves, their families, and the community at large.

Project starting date

November 2010

Project ending date

December 2011

Total project budget - required field

$44,100

Website URL

Innovation

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What makes your project unique?

LNA’s focus on and collaboration with community members make the program unique because our work is structured around the issues identified by the community, and provides platforms for cross-cultural connections. A core operating principle behind LNA’s work is the cultivation of partnerships and collaborations within and around the neighborhood. By pooling our resources and skills, we reach further and more effectively into the community ensuring our programs’ success.

LNA works with people to utilize individual assets as the foundation for meeting the community’s needs. Through this approach LNA is able to get people involved in a way that respects their dignity; makes them active participants and decision makers in the actions taken; and helps them build their own personal capacity.

As far as we know there are no other programs in the area that are focused on Latina and Somali women’s leadership development. LNA’s approach maximizes the opportunity to create and nurture connections and networks in the community. By working together we strengthen the community by empowering individuals through education and skills development enabling people to access more opportunities to better their situation. Our unique approach is a direct result of listening to the community and designing the program based on the needs and interests of our community members.

Impact

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Tell us about the social impact of your project as it relates to ONE of these three areas: Education, Employment or Housing

The impact of the program will be felt through the empowerment of the women, their families, and the community at large. Through the leadership program, women will gain the skill they need to become community leaders with access to resources that will ensure their families will thrive. The knowledge and skills the women gain will invaluable to them in the job market and to the community as the pool of community leaders continues to grow.

To encourage participation, the Women’s Leadership Program will pay a stipend of $350 per participant and provide childcare during the organized sessions. The stipend provides a dual incentive of extra income for the families and as a tangible item to demonstrate the importance of participation to both the women and their families. Participants will also receive public recognition of their work.

The design of this program and the provided stipend and childcare make this program accessible for the women and their families. The skills, knowledge, and connections the cohort members make will give them a competitive edge in the job market, and provide opportunities for leadership not only in the neighborhood, but beyond.

LNA has already been approached by a woman who works for the city in an effort to recruit members of the Women's Leadership Program to be involved in a Latino Advisory board for the city. Although we're not quite there yet, we expect these kinds of opportunities to unfold for our emerging leaders.

List any specific activities associated with the project and a timeline for the activities

The Women’s Leadership Program will begin with a cohort of 10 to 14 Latina women, for its first year. The goal is to expand the program in year two to have two cohorts (one Latina and one Somali). The project design will incorporate the following components: skill, knowledge and relationship building, community issue project, and fostering long-term involvement.

During the first year for the leadership project and LNA’s organizing efforts will include: Twice monthly learning sessions focusing on interests identified by the cohort. Workshops conducted by LNA partner organizations, LNA staff, and guest speakers. Site visits to local projects and programs. Opportunities for experiential working and networking. Identify problem that affects the Lyndale community.

The group will also address a community issue of their choice as part of the project. To help build connections with the community the group will work with Las Mujeres to organize La Posada and Dia del Nino/Summer Sampler events. The first year will wrap up with a project evaluation and celebration.

Please summarize the involvement of people of color in the decision-making of your project

The development of this program is an outgrowth of the work LNA has been doing with the Latino and Somali communities during the past several years. During this time period LNA has been doing extensive organizing work both communities focusing on developing relationships, understanding people’s needs, and engaging people in shaping their communities.

This approach has helped LNA develop its Somali Reading program and our annual La Posada and Dia del Nino celebrations.

The Women’s Leadership Program grew out of a series of comments and concerns raised repeatedly by Latino and Somali community members that it was difficult to understand the systems around them and that while they wanted to see changes in their neighborhood, they rarely saw themselves creating that change.

Please list which communities of color your project will involve and/or impact

Somali and Latino

What age group will your project impact?

Adults (20-60 years).

Which gender(s) will your project focus on?

Female.

What geographic area(s) will your project affect?

Twin Cities Metro Area (specify below).

If you selected either Twin Cities Metro Area or Other above, please specify or identify the area

Lyndale Neighborhood

Sustainability

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

If your project is a collaborative effort, please list the other organizations involved

Although this project is not a collaborative effort with another organization, a core part of LNA’s operating model is to build working partnerships with other neighborhoods, local units of government, nonprofits, and businesses inside and outside of Lyndale. It is through our work supporting and working together with community based organizations and projects such as the Hosmer Library, Minneapolis Police Department, the Lyndale Community School, the Youth Garden and Market Project, and Espiritu Juvenil that we have begun the building of a community wide network of skilled and engaged individuals. LNA’s partner organizations will be integral to the program, as a base of knowledge, connections, and mutual understanding across racial and ethnic lines.

Who or what is expected to change as a result of your project?

We expect this program to have a profound impact on the lives of the women who participate. Our hope is that this program will change how they look at themselves and their community. We expect them to emerge with a new set of skills and attitudes that will empower them to change what happens in their community. We expect this program to inform LNA’s work building inter-cultural connections.

What information will you provide in the final report to demonstrate the achievement of your results?

A higher post-test mark on the skills and attitudinal tests conducted at the end of each the program. For the Women’s Leadership Program, a successful community project which is to be identified and addressed by the cohort using their new skills and knowledge. Positive evaluations by the cohort members, positive feedback from the community.

What methods will be used to gather the information?

To measure the program's impact LNA will use a pre-test/post-test model that measures the participants’ knowledge, skills, and relationships as well as their attitude towards their ability to have a positive impact on the community.

What do you hope to learn about racism and its impact?

LNA wishes to learn how the internalized and institutionalized effects of racism can be mitigated through individual empowerment and skills development. We believe the women themselves will be best able to answer these questions and implement strategies that empower, engage, and promote awareness thereby transforming members of isolated, invisible communities into dynamic and skilled leaders.

What percentage do people of color comprise your board of directors?

9

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Individual donations, In-kind donations, Foundations.

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The applicant will spend the money solely for the purpose stated in the grant award and will return the unexpended portion of the funds, if any. In addition, the applicant will provide an interim and/or final report, as required., The applicant realizes that payment of funds will be at the convenience of the Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to cancel the grant and/or modify previously agreed-upon payments should such actions be deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant understands that the Foundation may review any or all information submitted as part of this request with advisors of the Foundation’s choosing, if deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant intends to comply with the terms of the Minnesota Charitable Solicitation Act (MS §309), if applicable..

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